Counting the cost of school

Something has been bothering me for a while. Since last summer, in fact, so it's high time I got it off my chest. I'm fed up of the extra - and not wholly necessary - ways that Dylan's school seems to find to get extra money out of us. Before I launch into this rant about the cost ...

My saver story

Saving - or at least trying to - is something that's important to all families but, as we all know, it isn't easy at times. NatWest got in touch recently to tell me about its mission to make saving fairer - including offering the same savings rates to new and existing customers, as well as providing savings accounts with ...

The man in the middle

My old best friend: yesterday When I was 15, I earned a little extra money refereeing kids' football matches. I completed a Football Association qualification, persuaded my mum and dad to buy me all the necessary kit and soon found myself knee-deep in mud every Sunday. I was surrounded by kids who, for the most part, ...

The new me

The new me: yesterday We had a bit of a scare recently. Xander fell down some stairs and we ended up in A&E. Amazingly, he was unscathed and is fine, so that's fantastic. My reaction to the incident made me realise how much becoming a parent has changed me. Here are a few ways in ...

My faux swearing hell

A visual metaphor for some faux swearing: yesterday Something has been troubling me of late. On several occasions, I've caught myself using some really lame phrases to express my exasperation at things Dylan and Xander have done. On the face of it, the fact that I've taught myself not to use foul language in front ...