• The Kids Are Alright

    Children: Discipline and the Disapprovers

    Parenting is a difficult job. And anyone out there who is a parent will understand both the physical and mental energy that is required to raise a child. The level of responsibility involved is enormous. We are given these tiny little human beings to take care of, these little blank canvases who have yet to experience anything of the world around them and we are supposed to teach and nurture them how to live in that world being good and decent people.

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    Kids and Avoiding the Creation of Stereotypes

    Ever since my four year old daughter started school last September, I can’t help but notice that she has been passing a lot of comments about boys and girls, what they do and what they like. I hear a lot of “That’s only for boys” and “No Mum, girls don’t like watching that, that’s just for boys”. It seems that she is hearing a lot of this in the classroom and as a result she is already beginning to categorise boys into one area and girls into another. So even though she is only four years old, I can see how aware she is of everything that she sees and…

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Did you ever find that having children all of a sudden made you very reflective about your own life? Even back at the very beginning when you were first expecting your baby? I think the very prospect of bringing new life into the world, a life that you will be responsible for suddenly helps put things into perspective for us all. You begin to ask yourself questions such as - Am I happy with where I am in my life? Have I achieved everything I wanted to? Or are there are still things in life that I would like to accomplish?

  • Relationship Matters

    Valentine’s Day – Love It Or Loathe It?

    So we are on the eve of one of the most commercially-constructed holidays of the year, Valentine’s Day. How do you feel about it – are you a lover or a loather? Or maybe like me, you are just a bit indifferent. I will be honest with you, I feel very little when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I don’t get all soppy and love-swooned over it. In fact looking at all those big brown bears holding love hearts saying ‘I luv you’ in the front of shop windows just makes me cringe a bit. However, looking back now on the ghost of Valentine’s past I can sort of understand…

  • Happy Mummy

    10 Things I Wish I’d Known BC (Before Children)

    Wow, it really makes you sit back and think doesn’t it? Mourn, reminisce, weep…! So even though these are now distant memories for me because I find it incredibly hard at times to remember what life was like before having my girls, I have delved into the depths of my mind and come up with these 10 things I wish I had known before having children! Yikes…… I will never laugh or cough again without a little pee coming out Yes ok when you are pregnant you do get plenty of warnings from the midwife and district nurse about the importance of doing those Kegal exercises (which maybe you listened…

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    Self – Sabotage And The Desperate Quest For Attention

    We are going through a phase at the moment with our two little girls where it seems like they will do anything, almost anything to get both mine and my husband's attention, including injuring themselves. Don't get me wrong I am not talking about anything serious, it’s more small things like tripping on the floor, banging a hand on the table or especially in my four year old's case banging her toe against something. Nothing to cause serious harm but enough to warrant a bout of crying and more importantly being picked up and hugged.

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

    I have been making these vegetarian sausage rolls for a couple of years now and they are a big hit in our house. To be honest my husband, who is a fully-fledged carnivore always says that he prefers them to regular meat sausage rolls! There is something about the combination of flavours including the subtle chewy texture from the addition of chopped nuts that make them absolutely mouth-watering. Again like most things in the kitchen they are very easy to prepare – you will have them in the oven in 20 minutes. I promise! And remember you always have the freedom to change around the mixture of vegetables you want…

  • Relationship Matters

    Don’t Try To Outdo Your Mother – Trust Me You Will NEVER Win!

    Have you ever been in a conversation with your mother about your experiences of motherhood and how tough you found it at times before she stopped you in your tracks to remind you of how much tougher it was 'in her day'? Yes, sound familiar? Exactly how far do you get before she stops you? For me, I generally don't get past the hospital when I went in to give birth before she interjects. And something that I have come to learn from having these conversations with my mother is that I will NEVER win. She will always trump my experience. Whatever hardship I feel I have endured, you can…

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    New Year’s Resolutions – A More Realistic Approach

    So it’s that time of year again, where we have all been stripped bare of the Christmas festivities and merriment and are left standing with nothing but a proverbial mirror in front of us. We had the tree, the decorations and the jollities to hide behind – there was a continuous flow of reasons to eat, drink and be merry and it was fantastic. For at least a week we could suspend reality and get lost in the ‘magic’. But then the New Year hits like a thunderbolt and all of a sudden there is an almighty crash back down to earth – the decorations all come down and the…