The kids have just levelled up on their chores assignments. In our house the boys only get pocket money when they fill a sticker chart. The charts have 31 stars to fill so, depending how much they do each day, it can take one week or a month to earn their pennies. Large boy is… Continue reading Chores and Pocket Money
Hell I hate crafts with the kids. Someone bought 4 a rock painting kit for his birthday. Nice book with ideas, some flat stones and paint. They've both done a shark and one free style. Large has done the first letter of his name. Small a "snapperwack" (I'll explain another time, it's a long and… Continue reading Crafty rocks
So yesterday my 4 yr old told me that I was stinky. He was right. It was 8.30am, I'd been drinking prosecco the previous evening and was feeling a tad delicate. He wasn't silly about it, just very matter of fact and agreed a shower would be good (he was right again, I felt a… Continue reading Honest honestly
So the hardest thing about working from home is that you're always at work. Well so long as you're in the house that is. I'm having an evening where I'm re-evaluating my relationship with my laptop and my email. I've always been proud that I don't work weekends and I never ever have, in 12… Continue reading The temptation of the laptop
I'm not crafty or arty. I hate glitter and slime and play doh. However, I love teachers and TAs. They are amazing and I like to think that a home made thank you that is the result of effort helps to show how sincerely we appreciate everything they do. This year we've made cards. Last… Continue reading Making stuff 1: teacher thank you cards
It's ok to not be ok It's ok to not be skinny It's ok not to wear make up It's ok to feed your kids beige freezer food It's ok to not make it to every school event It's ok to hold your children It's ok to work full time It's ok to need medication… Continue reading Manifesto for parents: things that are ok
Yeah so nursery graduation was today. See part 1. With graduation came reports. I always find these disconcerting - there a big long lists of things that a child might or might not be able to do. Split into general areas and age-related measures. There are always loads of things that I see at home… Continue reading Nursery graduation and such like. Part 2.
So small boy had nursery graduation today. It's preschool tomorrow but he's not going - it's a nursery day and what 4 year old needs to graduate twice? He's had a fab time today. He's been at the same nursery for over 3 years, since he was 8 months old. They're amazing, I've seen a… Continue reading Nursery graduation and such like. Part 1.
I'm on tenterhooks here. Something's got to go wrong. Today is just going too well. So boy's were up marginally early and small boy required help with wiping his bum. But I got up at 8am and we had a nice breakfast (apart from large boy getting sent to his room for 5mins for being… Continue reading A perfect-ish day?
I've just seen this and it made me cross: Yeah yeah just a meme. Doesn't harm anyone. Blah blah. So from my point of view, these are the sort of low level, background messages that are just as harmful to children's perception of gender roles as girls/boys toy aisles and clothes and so on. What's… Continue reading Best brothers: unfair preconceptions