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He is only five….five towns, five houses.

This is our Master J last week. He is Five years old. This is his fifth town and fifth house he has lived in. Sometimes I forget that, and everything it entails. Tonight Mr Point Five and I are relaxing, watching The Americans with a beer and a glass of wine. Master J was up and down like a frog in a sock from bedtime on. “I cant sleep. My foot is itchy. I miss my dummy. I need a glass of #8221; All of these were met with a sigh of exasperation and eventually, an hour and a half after...
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Gentle Parenting – my mantra.

Did anyone else see the article in The Daily Mail slamming David and Victoria Beckham for Harper, aged 4, having a dummy? Its here if you missed it. As parents, we all cop a lot of criticism for the way we raise our children and obviously even celebrities aren’t immune to it. You see it in the media; in facebook groups; not such subtle looks from other Mums in the playground; and even worse, from friends and family. I remember being judged terribly for G Man still being in nappies well after his third birthday and Master J still having a dummy coming up to his...
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Birds and the Bees – HELP!

  So, I was picking up G Man (aged 6) from school last week and I happened to mention that I was going out as soon as we got home to pick Hiccup up from the vets. Why is Hiccup at the vets G Man asks. Well, I say, we took him in to have an operation. What sort of operation? Hiccup is having an operation so that he cant have any baby cats I tell him confidently, feeling that was going to be the end of the conversation. *ten seconds silence* Mummy, how do cats have babies? *cue...
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Ranty Pants Alert – Breastfeeding at FIVE, damage control.

I think we all have our own opinions and ideas as Mothers on when we should stop breastfeeding, if we choose to breastfeed at all. Its a decision that we all make and it is ours alone to make. We also live in a country where it is not the social “norm” to breastfeed your child beyond the World Health Organisation recommended age of two. Whether you agree or not with the mothers below who practise extended breastfeeding is irrelevant really; they are doing it (assumedly) in the privacy of their own home and is of no concern to us. My...
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Choose Happiness

I remember reading a facebook status by another mummy blogger a few months ago about her saying just how frustrating the time of day between dinner and bedtime is and how it was completely doing her head in. She was just about to lose it with not being able to do anything she wanted to do and was just willing the clock to say it was bedtime for the kids. I remember  nodding and sympathising, cos it shits me too a lot of the time too and then I had an parenting epiphany of epic proportions. You just have...
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Rising six and breaking hearts.

This is our G Man. He is now rising six. He is a little sweetheart, our good child, our angel. He loves to have rules to follow and is eager to please. We have never had to discipline him, so very different to his little brother who is just plain mischief and pushes all our buttons! He has severe dyspraxia which we initially thought was ASD and we had him assessed when he was three. Some of the traits which led us to these thoughts were behaviours brought on by his inability to communicate  due to his dyspraxia; shyness,...
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When I grow up, I want to drive the Karma Bus :)

Karma works in mysterious ways and I am a true believer in its magic. The night before we left Bali just now, Mr Point Five and I were out dining at a lovely seafood restaurant and there was a large Russian family next to us. They were trying to get a group shot by setting up their camera on a timer and after watching them for a few minutes I got up and offered (by comical miming) that I would take their photo for them so they could all be in it together. They were very grateful and thanked...
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Sleep; its the new black around these parts…

Image Credit Since we have Moved House, the most noticeable change is that Master J has FINALLY got the hang of sleeping through the night. He has always been pretty good going to bed of a night at , but he would usually wake at least once or twice in the night just for a cuddle, some reassurance or a just bit of Mummy love. He would also wake any time from about 5am calling for me to snuggle in with him to see the morning in. We bought a Gro-Clock which mostly worked quite well to curb wanting to...
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Stress Free Toilet Training – make "accidents" history

So, as you have prolly already established, I am no expert on parenting. I dont claim to know everything and I am very much open to suggestions or new information. In fact I disagree entirely with the premise of the phrase Toilet Training. I think its wrong. I think that if you need to train your toddlers to use the toilet then they just aren’t ready. Here is my biggest non-expert but tried and true tip for you…… They need to want to do it.   Toddlers are all a bit like Men; you need to suggest to them...
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The worst day of my life….

See this little boy?? This is my Master J. He melts my heart every day when he sneaks into my bed for early morning cuddles or lets me into his bed for snuggles. He says “I wuff you Mummy”!!! with complete abandon and his little arms around my neck are more precious than the most expensive jewels. He has the cheekiest grin and is one of the happiest little boys you could ever meet, followed very closely by his big brother. I have tears in my eyes writing this as last Saturday I lost this little boy. I turned...
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