Fathers (and mothers, for that matter) shouldn't see reading to their children as a chore; sharing a book can create wonderful memories and great bonding opportunities. It also gives children the best start in life.
A tree is predominant, it has many branches and spreads itself far and wide. It adapts to seasons, it provides shelter for birds to build their nests, provides nutrition and fun. A tree is always there...until something cuts it down.
In an ideal world the minute that a child is unwell or unhappy we would drop everything and tend to them completely. But it is not always that easy, especially when one is self-employed.
We all contribute to our communities and society in different ways and we all have a place in the world. Some weeks ago, as we spent a good 40 minutes in the waiting room of our local Doctors' Surgery, this was sharply brought into focus for me.
I hate to think I'm forcing our daughter's pastimes or interests (pushy mum alert!) BUT when we live on the edge of miles of beautiful Chiltern countryside I refuse to ignore the opportunities our natural environment presents: For educational purposes, yes of course, but overall for good old fashioned fun!
Allow yourself time to grieve. Some people say that they feel like they've lost their child, that they have to get to know this other child who lives with them, and the changes that will occur in their lives.
While we're trying to keep our heads above water, while we're fixing things, pretending we're on top of things, kissing it all better... we're also just people. Mothers who don't sleep, lovers who don't agree, women who don't have all the answers.
For those of you who are adept at exiting your car through the sunroof and magically removing your off-spring and perhaps even the car seat in the same manner, this post is not for you. However, for everyone else, I imagine you will feel my pain.
Stability affects us all, and when you have none you feel alone. Children in foster care are our children, and as a member of a fair and good society we have a duty to do all we can to make them feel loved and supported. They deserve a positive future as much as any child and at The Fostering Network we're determined to help them achieve that.
Ssssshhhh! I have taken over this blog while Mummy is busy watching some important 'news' program, or so she claims. I know she is fibbing, and really watching Homes Under the Hammer.
The benefits of wine consumption as part of your five-a-day are relaxed muscles, reduced stress levels, and the ability to guiltlessly choose a night of television over cleaning the kitchen or tidying up.
Holidaying with kids is a whole different ball game. It's compromise central. And yet the expectations can still run pretty high. I found it tricky to be realistic about what our holiday would be like.
Much like The Gruffalo was followed by The Gruffalo's Child, there had to be a sequel for the delightful Mummy alternative "The Toddler-o" written by ...
At our recent admission at GOSH, one of the gastro consultants told me that it is widely recognised that children with gastro conditions have the worst quality of life of any child living with a chronic illness.
We all know children have to learn this lesson eventually: nothing lasts forever. But it's a hard lesson to accept, whether you are a child or an adult. And nothing teaches it quite so simply or eloquently as a balloon. There is no escape from balloon grief!
As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.