Family life

Jobs for the boy

A toddler sitting in a washing basket.

I’ve been trying to think of ways Dylan can earn his keep and lighten the load once his brother arrives. I’m talking in terms of conning him into believing that loading the washing machine and tidying up are the epitome of home entertainment rather than sending him up the chimney. But, if some of his …

Red right hand

The funny little foibles that all young children have really intrigue me. And Dylan has developed a new one which, although I’m sure is not at all unusual in kids his age, I find hilarious. While a lot of toddlers have a teddy, blanket or something basically soft that they use as a comforter, our little man has become …

What’s in a name?

Did you know that Mark Twain gave his cats deliberately odd names to help children develop their linguistic skills? The things you learn working for a feline-specific animal welfare charity! I love little facts like that. As I have a mild fascination with language too, think that any little tricks like that should be copied. …