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When school closures were whispered about this time last year, it seemed like we were on the brink of apocalypse. Parents, like everyone else, fluctuated between thinking ‘surely not’ and ‘we’re all doomed’. And, when the homeschooling bomb was finally dropped back in late March, it came as a huge blow, especially amidst predictions of ‘a doomed generation.’
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Parenthood has dealt us some unexpected hands over the years, and much of the path has been long and winding, sometimes with twists and turns and often, a total mystery. lost in the dark without a map.
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I’ve flippantly declared over the years that at many a fork in the road, I have felt a pull towards doing teacher training. Maybe it’s in my genes, coming from a long line of teachers and head teachers, with so many of my prior generation working in education and social care. Or, perhaps it has always appealed to do something truly giving back to the next generation; chasing a dream of a vocation, and big ideas of being everyone’s favourite teacher.
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An important mentality that is often forgotten is optimism. It’s a valuable outlook because it can make us feel self-assured, positive and motivated to try different things and take risks.
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I wasn’t planning on writing a post about Coronavirus, but it increasingly feels like the elephant in the room which there is no avoiding, so as a working Mum, I’m sharing my current fears and thoughts about what is unfolding on a global scale with each passing day.
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Raising a family at a time when information is right at your fingertips has it’s advantages. After all, how would we have coped without Dr Google letting us know the correct temperature for a babies room, that yellow poo is totally normal, and of course where to go for support and motherhood camaraderie (hello you lot).
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As a child, we were pretty lapse about going to the dentist. My parents weren’t keen, and that fear was extended onto us – there were certainly vast spaces of time I don’t remember seeing a dentist at all. In hindsight we were pretty lucky to have gotten away lightly (especially given our 1980’s chewits consumption), but good dental care is one thing I am committed to instilling in my kids, and for myself these days too.
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Back in January 2019 I joined #TeamMum. At the time, I had no idea what that meant, what I was getting myself into, or what exactly was expected of me. But, there was something about the invite to that late January charity kick starter; the suggestion of supporting Mums in rural Kenya that told me instinctively to attend the launch shindig and the rest is history.
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Our girls are now five and seven, and I think that’s a perfectly adequate stage of parenthood to hope that the long bleak nights of pre nightfall fear and requirement to grab any sleep you can from eight pm to be LONG behind us.
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I’ve written before about the minefield that is car seats, and despite being eight years along the road of motherhood, there is still a bit of confusion and ambiguity about the do’s and don’ts of car seat selection.
more “Car seat safety; Resisting the temptation to rush through the stages”