Do you ever feel like you’re doing it wrong?

‘Why does no one blog about parenting teenagers?’  That was the plea that came across the internet a few nights ago and it’s one I’ve asked myself on numerous occasions. When our children reach the age of 13, it’s tumble weed on social media. I imagine this is largely due to the fact that our children are there too and…

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Life: Is this how you imagined it?

Do you remember that task in primary school, when we were asked to write about our future life and how we imagined it might turn out? I am guessing that many of us might have said something along the lines of being married, working as a teacher (we all LOVED our primary school teachers back then, didn’t we?) with 2.4 children and…

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On Keeping the Plates Spinning

It was Saturday evening and I was lying on my bed taking a breather. The day had been ridiculously busy, as it always seems to be with three children. Having cleared up from dinner, I was just mustering up the energy to join my family in watching X-Factor (don’t judge me, it’s one of very few programmes suitable for the…

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Why We Need to Keep Asking Why?

There are so many things we can get drawn into nowadays isn’t there? In the world of blogging, this couldn’t be truer. I started my first blog six years ago and straight away, felt the need to have dedicated social media accounts. Everyone else seemed to be doing it, so surely that was the right way to go? At the…

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Has Spending Less Time on My Phone Radically Changed My …

A few months ago, I felt the need to re-evaluate the relationship I have with my phone. I wouldn’t claim to be addicted to it but I know that I spend more time on my phone that I would like. Downloading various apps that track phone usage, only confirmed that I needed to work on spending less time on my…

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Yes I’m a Christian and Yes I’m Watching …

  Growing up, one of my favourite programmes on TV was Grange Hill. For anyone under the age of 30, Grange Hill was a drama series based in a North London secondary school, covering hard-hitting story lines such as drug abuse, homelessness, teenage pregnancy and rape. During my adolescent years, Grange Hill was the TV show of the moment; everyone was…

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5 Things I’m Looking Forward to this Summer

Do you ever get those days when you feel a bit flat? Actually I defy anyone to tell me that they don’t have days like that. Thankfully they are just that – days. They never go on for long (especially when the sun is shining) but one of the key things that I do on days like this, is make…

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In Praise of Not Having a Best Friend

Last week we celebrated Best Friends Day. Well some people did. I can honestly say that before this year I’d never heard of such a celebration. But we seem to have a day/week for everything from gin to bicycles these days, so why not best friends? I would hazard a guess that this particular celebration originated in the US but…

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A Little Spring Catch Up

A new season begins (summer, you are most welcome) and another one ends. You know what that means don’t you? It’s time for a quarterly catch up. First things first, a confession: I missed my winter catch up! It turns out that I wrote a few lines, completely forgot about it and never hit publish. I’m sure you’ve all been on…

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How to Break Up With Your Phone {when you use …

In case you haven’t guessed, I am a huge advocate of social media; it encourages connection, is a source of amusement and information, allows you to nurture friendships and can alleviate loneliness when needed. On a bad day however, I’ve noticed that social media (and my phone in general) can have some very negative side-effects: irritability, anxiety, stress, unhealthy comparison,…

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Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

Warning: some readers may find the content of this post uncomfortable or triggering. My eldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. That sentence needs a paragraph all of its own, partly because I do not feel old enough to have an adult child in the home (does any parent?) but mostly because there have been times over the last three years when…

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