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The Hunt

April 20th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Nearly new sales, baby sales, preloved sales. Doesn’t matter what you call them. The mere mention is like a bolt of lightning in a DeLorean at 88 miles per hour. I can feel the adrenalin soaring already and a countdown begins! Dates are highlighted on the calendar and my weekend work is moved around accordingly – my piano pupils have no idea. I may have been known to visit parents in Scotland when there happens to be a sale on, or the in-laws near Cambridge. I’m in London. How did it all begin and are there many like-minded souls? My … Continue reading The Hunt

10 Energy Boosting Tips For Chronically Knackered Parents

10 Energy Boosting Tips For Chronically Knackered Parents April 13th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

By ‘chronically knackered parents’ I actually mean all parents…We love our darling children but they don’t half suck the energy out of us…. If you’re anything like me, you’ll know the conundrum. After a full on day, the kids’ bedtime is looming and you have a choice. You’re undoubtedly exhausted but do you stay awake to have some well needed ‘me’ time or do you give in and head off to bed to give yourself the rest you crave? My energy levels (or lack of them) also impact my motivation. When I wake up in the morning I’m full of … Continue reading 10 Energy Boosting Tips For Chronically Knackered Parents

Sometimes We All Have It Hard

Sometimes We All Find It Hard March 30th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

There’s too much comparison in parenting. Way too much judgement. And not enough acknowledgement of the fact that sometimes we all have it hard. This morning, as I was brushing my daughter’s hair before school, I spotted a wriggly little companion embedded within. Every parent of school aged children dreads such a discovery. I sighed as I contemplated brushing my daughter’s thick, curly tresses with that tiny comb, rang the school to say she was going to be late and reached for the head lice treatment (always a spare bottle in the cupboard). An hour later she was treated, showered … Continue reading Sometimes We All Have It Hard

How To Make It Through A Difficult Parenting Day

difficult-parenting-day March 23rd, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Sometimes, as soon as your eyes spring open, you just know you’re going to have a rubbish day. A little black cloud forms above you and follows you round relentlessly, showering you with irritating drizzle. Your patience didn’t wake up with you, but short temper and that feeling of being one step away from snapping certainly did. The kids’ voices seem to be a few octaves higher than usual. The baby just refuses to nap. Everyone wants a piece of you (as is always the case but today, for some reason, it just gets to you). Nobody listens to a … Continue reading How To Make It Through A Difficult Parenting Day

Dear Mum Guilt, It’s Time We Talked

mum guilt March 16th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Dear Mum Guilt, You’ve been an intruder in my head for almost eight years now. Lurking in the darkest corners of my mind, you were wholly uninvited. Yet there you fester, spewing out your spiteful taunts as you grow on a diet of my own self-loathing. You drip feed me your poison until you’ve clouded my judgement and I’m unable to think straight. And if you’re not whispering, you’re flinging your insults at me in full audio with surround sound. I can bloody hear you ok? There’s no need to shout. I’ve tried to ignore you for long enough. I … Continue reading Dear Mum Guilt, It’s Time We Talked

16 Signs You’re The Parent Of A Fussy Eater

16 Signs You're The Parent Of A Fussy Eater March 9th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

There are fussy eaters and then there are FUSSY EATERS. My daughter is off the scale when it comes to fussiness and this has led to years of worry, frustration, tears (mine and hers) and wine drinking (mine not hers). If your child is also a FUSSY EATER then you will likely recognise all of the following: 1 You spend a large part of your day boiling pasta  Beige food is always a winner. Colourful food is not well received. Unless it’s tomato ketchup of course. 2 Bread is the answer to everything Unless you have the actual audacity to … Continue reading 16 Signs You’re The Parent Of A Fussy Eater

10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me March 2nd, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

When you have children you shed your old skin like a snake and Motherhood is woven into the new one. While your role is to care for, teach and nurture your children, you realise you have become a student again too. Motherhood’s lessons can be brutal – she takes no prisoners. It’s not for sissies, that’s for sure. But after a while, when Motherhood has held your hand through all the joys, stresses and frustrations she has brought you, you begin to realise just how much you’ve learned and how thankful you are that Motherhood was the teacher. Here are … Continue reading 10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

How To Cope When Your Child Won’t Eat

My Child Won't Eat February 21st, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

My child won’t eat! I’m sure this is something all parents experience from time for time. For some, the periods of fussy eating are short lived. For others, like me, having a child who is a fussy eater seems to be part of the course. I’ve read so much advice on encouraging fussy eaters to eat. But what if it’s more than just fussy eating? And how does the parent cope with the feelings of frustration, worry and guilt brought on when your child just won’t eat? When I was pregnant with my first daughter Susie, I didn’t really think … Continue reading How To Cope When Your Child Won’t Eat

How I Cut My Energy Bills In Half

February 3rd, 2017 / Leanne Taylor / 8 comments

During the thick of winter, when the days are short and temperatures have plummeted, it’s inevitable that energy bills will creep up. Two years ago, after receiving a worryingly high gas and electricity bill, I decided our family needed to make some drastic changes. Here’s how we reduced our energy bills by more than half. SWITCH SUPPLIER It may sound obvious, but I wasn’t aware just how much you could save by changing energy supplier. We had been plodding along with the same old supplier out of laziness more than anything. I thought switching would only lead to a few … Continue reading How I Cut My Energy Bills In Half

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