family · Kids · Parenting

It’s all gone to skip…

It’s been difficult over the last few weeks. The struggle is real – a head strong 18-month-old and a five-year-old testing the boundaries. This is how our day goes at the moment: Get up (or wait for your husband to get up first and see how long extra you can stay in bed until you… Continue reading It’s all gone to skip…

Health · Kids · Learning · School

More than a score

At the end of the last school year, I received Herbie’s report to find that, along with a true reflection of his kind and inquisitive nature, his teacher had to add a piece of paper with a set of scores – from 1-3 – which depict whether a child is emerging, attaining or excelling in… Continue reading More than a score

family · Kids · Parenting · Travel · wildlife

Animal magic in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

As part of our recent cottage holiday to the Cotswolds, we paid a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford. The 160-acre site is a mix of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, animal enclosures, aviaries, insect and reptile houses, farmyard, and adventure playgrounds. Its beginnings in 1969 as the brainchild of John… Continue reading Animal magic in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

family · History · Kids · Travel

In defence of Pevensey

On a hot inset day, we added Pevensey Castle to our list of English Heritage sites to fit into our year of membership. Five-year-old Herbie was keen to get into the site where William the Conqueror landed, in between peeing in the bushes in the field outside (there are no toilets on site although there… Continue reading In defence of Pevensey

family · History · Parenting · Travel

In search of knights

For this latest post, I thought I’d start a round up of the castles we’ve visited over the past few weeks. First up is Herstmonceux Castle, which I don’t think I’ve ever been to, even though my grandad used to work at the site when the Royal Observatory Greenwich moved there in the 40s and… Continue reading In search of knights

birth · Health · Maternity

More midwives only half the answer

The government announced recently that more than 3,ooo places on midwifery training courses will be created over the next four years. There also been the ‘promise’ to mothers that they will be seen by the same midwife throughout labour, pregnancy and birth by 2021. It’s an admirable aim, and one that would vastly improve the… Continue reading More midwives only half the answer

family · Kids · Parenting

Sibling rivalry

These last few weeks have seen our four year old Herbie’s behaviour become more and more challenging in relation to his baby brother Gus. He will not stop deliberately hurting him, with acts of frustration such as pinching feet, hitting him on the head, ‘accidentally’ kicking him and crushing his hand. We’ve been at our… Continue reading Sibling rivalry