Month: June 2017

Dylan the drummer?

A drum kit awaiting a drummer.

Dylan is going to be seven next week. I can’t quite get my head round this myself. As well as disbelieving thoughts about the passing of time, birthday presents have been very much in mind. The lists he has made – for there have been several drafts – have made for interesting reading. There were a couple …

My Sunday Photo: hang tough

A toddler swinging from a bunk bed as if competing in hang tough in Gladiators.

Amelie is getting more and more adventurous as she explores the house. She loves her brothers’ bunk bed. She had been climbing onto the lower bunk to steal Xander’s cuddly toys for a while, but upped things a notch this week. The other day I followed her in expecting to find her playing with teddy bears. …

Review: Terrapin phone cover

I never cease to amaze myself with my propensity to forget to do small but important things. Getting a case for my phone is a case in point. I’ve had mine for at least two years without taking action. As a result, it has a few cracks and scratches. Something needed doing before any of them got any …

Here come the stroppy sevens

A child who is clearly going through the stroppy sevens.

I’ve been a parent for almost seven years. In that time, I’ve learned lots about kids’ behaviour and how to at least try and manage it. I’ve negotiated both the terrible twos and threenagers twice and emerged unscathed. The latest challenge would now appear to be here. From what I’ve witnessed so far, the stroppy …

Win 50 must-see movies for kids!

A lightbox with some DVDs and popcorn.

We love watching films as a family. Most weekends we sit down together in front of a suitable movie. Of course, there are varying degrees of success but, for the most part, we see them in their entirety without sibling arguments or one of the kids wandering off. I especially enjoy sharing titles that I loved as …