When Big School Beckons

It comes to something when your 11-year-old daughter reaches across the dinner table, places her hand on yours, and says it’s ok Mum. You don’t need to cry, I’ve got this’. That was the scene in my home, almost exactly 12 months ago, on the evening before my beautiful girl made her first steps into…

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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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