Kids and Technology

‘I hate you.  You ruin my life!’

Not the ideal start to a rainy afternoon.

I’ve ruined his life because we don’t have a PS4 in our house nor does he have a phone of his own, or any social media accounts.  This means that he can’t socialise with his friends because they are all … Read more


Why kids should do chores

My kids are getting older now (10 and 14) and so are accomplished at helping out with chores.  I don’t pay them to help because I don’t get paid and I want them to understand that they are part of a mini-community called ‘a family’ and in communities we all have to pull our weight.… Read more


Sons – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

I wrote this last Saturday, after Youngest Son’s birthday….

‘It was youngest son’s birthday today and it’s been full on. Up, presents, breakfast, football pitch, lazer quest, football pitch, home, lego, bed.  Full on, non stop.  It took loads of organising too..texting parents, buying food, presents, balloons; you know how it goes.

But tonight I … Read more


In Praise of Football

This is a blog I never thought I would write.

I was going to have daughters.  As a rampant feminist in my 20s I had ordered girl children only.  I was going to be colouring in butterflies with gel pens, going to ballet classes, and brushing hair into plaits.  I can do all of these … Read more


Eating my words: epic fail on the raising teenage boy front

So there I was …writing about the eclipse and how we need to be giving our young people the opportunity for direct learning in schools and now I’m eating humble pie…again.

Friday night found us in the village hall playing bingo with lots of other families to raise money for the community playground which is … Read more


The Eclipse and Direct Experience

Tomorrow is the eclipse. 931am in our area and we even stand a chance of seeing it according to BBC weather as there should be clear skies for 2 hours.

  • Are you going to watch it?
  • Where? How?
  • Why have you chosen to experience it that way?

It poses a dilemma for me…the kids are … Read more


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