My determination to the keep bedtime story alive continues…

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo   I love our kids. They’re always so insightful and eloquent…Whilst trying to write this blog about the next book Amy and I read at bedtime, I asked Amy: “Why did you enjoy Private Peaceful?” And her response was: “It’s just a good book” I was obviously searching for something…

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Warning – reading can be dangerous!

If you are in my age bracket, you will remember the original Ladybird range of books. I loved these books because they were accessible, colourful and full of facts and fiction. Each week, I spent my pocket money on a new one, collecting quite a number which, sadly, I no longer have. As this range…

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Game on!

Recently I watched the mini-series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, enjoyable to watch and it did make me reflect on a couple of concepts. One particular aspect and central to the film – the playing of a game of chess – immediately focused my attention. My grandfather taught my father how to play chess, my father taught…

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Bedtime story with pre-teen and teenagers…

Bedtime story with pre-teen and teenagers… ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q Rauf. Now, before I start with the review of the book, “The Boy at the Back of the Class”, and how it worked as our teenage bedtime story, I have to admit that I stumbled across it by…

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Reading with our teenagers and keeping the bedtime story alive

I don’t know about you but I’m finding this child to pre-teen parenting tricky to navigate.  My daughter, not being a teenager yet, although she desperately wants to be, and not being a little girl anymore, even though she desperately wants to be, is a phase of motherhood that I wasn’t prepared for at all.  I look at this…

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