The Night Before World Book Day

   The night before World Book Day and everyone is stressed We’ve had a text from school; it says to come in fancy dress! But worse, it says, well actually, come and take a look, ‘Please dress as a character from your favourite book.’ We’ve only one day’s notice; we thought it wasn’t on, But … Continue reading The Night Before World Book Day

Less World Book Day, More Disneyland-Comes-to-School

I feel sorry for Boo’s teacher today. Male, childless and unused to teaching the younger end of the school he looked bewildered today to be confronted with a Disneyland parade’s worth of princesses for World Book Day. The corridor to the infant classrooms were awash with sparkle and glitter as girl after girl skipped through … Continue reading Less World Book Day, More Disneyland-Comes-to-School

Family Days Out Are a Big Mistake #7: The Not-So Cheap Day in London

After six weeks of the school summer holidays being largely frittered away, thanks to a combination of work and bad weather getting in the way of halcyon days, I decided that the last day should be a doozie. The weather looked good, I wasn’t working, everyone loves a day in the capital: we’d go to … Continue reading Family Days Out Are a Big Mistake #7: The Not-So Cheap Day in London

Family Days Out Are a Bad Idea #4: The (Aborted) Shopping Trip

Now, contrary to the nature of my ‘Bad Idea’ posts, family days out aren’t always a hideous experience. Yesterday, for example, we had a glorious day out courtesy of the Fairyland Trust, with Boo prancing around as a fairy, particularly vile pirate tales, Noodles getting his groove on to some live music and thanks to … Continue reading Family Days Out Are a Bad Idea #4: The (Aborted) Shopping Trip

Neither Seen Nor Heard

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the Net, Facebook and Twitter posts parents can’t forget. Daily Mail comments, vitriol and spite “Thank f*ck the kids are back at school We hate them in our sight.” Six weeks of school holidays can seem like an eternity for parents, but more so it seems that the elongated experience of … Continue reading Neither Seen Nor Heard

Rewind

The start of September and it seems there are two types of parent: those who can’t wait for their kids to go back to school and those mourning the loss of the summer holidays.  I can understand the first group of parents completely. Maybe it’s the hell of juggling work with childcare. Holiday schemes are … Continue reading Rewind

Would I Rather Be a Duchess?

So Princess Charlotte is here, bringing with her a flurry of Facebook well-wishers and bandwagon-jumping from anyone related to the world of baby paraphernalia. I’m pretty sure if the turnout at the polls on Thursday are higher than expected it’ll be attributed to the Charlotte-factor. If they’re not then it’ll be because the nation was … Continue reading Would I Rather Be a Duchess?

In Defense of the ‘Mercenary’ Mom

Things you don’t tend to think when you hit Send on an email: – ‘I hope this gets misconstrued.’ – ‘I hope my relative then bitches about me to their colleagues.’ – ‘I hope one of their colleagues then uploads it to the internet where it’ll go viral.’ – ‘I can’t wait to read all … Continue reading In Defense of the ‘Mercenary’ Mom

Square Peg, Round Hole

The Easter holidays have begun. Which means a fortnight off from school runs and extra-curricular chaperoning. I can both simultaneously have more time to get ready for work and arrive on time. My house will be an even greater disaster zone for the next fortnight though.  But for the next fortnight I also don’t have to … Continue reading Square Peg, Round Hole