If you can be anything, be kind.

I couldn’t not acknowledge the death of Caroline Flack in a blog post. I didn’t even know who she was, what the whole scandal was about her, I knew nothing, zilch. To be honest I’m not even really one to follow the lives of celebs so you’ll be glad not to have me on your…

It’s working!

So I’ve started a reward system for little P, because for all I use the tried and tested Supernanny naughty step and tactically ignoring strategies, there has to be something positive as well. It needs to be tangible and exciting as well as sustainable. One of my biggest issues at the moment is bedtime, toddler…

Changing the game plan.

Sometimes you've got to shake it up, toddler P is at that age where she's changing all the time, we get over one hurdle or phase and it opens up a whole new can of worms. What once was a tight nit, established routine can suddenly been chaos because she's hit a new milestone and…

It’s just an empty box.

You cannot beat the imagination of a child. We probably don't give them enough freedom, I know I don't always both as a teacher and as a parent then when I do, I'm always pleased with the results. The simplest things can create the largest amount of pleasure. The simplest things can open up a…

Nobody’s perfect.

I'm not the perfect mum and equally toddler P is not the perfect child. I sometimes forget this and put too much pressure on us both. I've written before about the mum police putting pressure on mum's and how they raise their children but sometimes actually we're our own worst enemy. I worry too much…

I did it I-self.

There's so much I can learn from toddler P, she's confident, full of sass and completely lives in the moment waking up excited each day because it's a new day and just being awake and alive in her world is fun, really fun! Her confidence means she thinks she can take on the world and…

Mum police.

I'm not a bad mum, far from it, I put toddler P first, I put her needs and happiness before my own, I ensure all her basic needs are met, that she's well fed with a balanced nutritious diet, that she gets enough sleep (well I attempt this, she often has other ideas...), that she's…

Now what?

Every major event ends, usually quite abruptly, there's a big build up the event and then just like that, it's over. Christmas, birthdays, wedding planning, moving house, even my dance shows. There's the planning, preparation and build up, the event, then the lull, the aftermath, the post show blues, January lull that leaves you thinking…

Chip off the old block.

Toddler P has made me laugh tonight. Proper belly laugh, tears in my eyes the works. She's becoming a mini me, in more ways than one. I tell tales of her to friends and colleagues and get met with laughter and comments of, "I wonder where she gets it from!" She's bossy, bolshy, confident and…