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School Sex Education Rage.

We are a liberal household. We always have been. I grew up feeling inhibited and embarrassed about sex and bodies and I was determined my children would not feel the same. We have specifically brought them up believing they can ask any question at any time and that bodies, big, small, voluptuous or with inexplicable […]

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15 Practical Skills to Learn Before Leaving Home.

The other week I wrote about preparing our kids for leaving home, having the emotional maturity to deal with being responsible for themselves and their actions and shaping themselves into a person who makes sensible choices and knows their path – or at least knows a way to point while they work out what path […]

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Product & Event Reviews

Gruffalo Snap

Review: The Gruffalo: Games App for iOS

It’s hard to believe The Gruffalo is 15 years old, though in fact he came into our house rather later than for most and has only really been a hit with Bene, who shuns almost every other author for Julia Donaldson books. Josie however was a big fan of several of her books as were […]

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Exploring Cyber Security with McAfee

Our recent trip to Bletchley Park included a visit to the McAfee Cyber Security Exhibition, to explore the reality of online information sharing and child safety on the internet. It’s quite an interesting (and very clever!) partnership, the codebreakers of the past combining with the code protectors of the present and future. In addition to […]

Creative Writing

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The Gallery – Eyes

“She has beautiful eyes,” they said – and they meant it kindly. Drawing attention away from the gaping hole they saw in her face. The one I didn’t see, so consumed was I by her beauty. “It will be okay,” they said – and they meant it truly, Knowing, as I didn’t then, that it […]


The Gallery – Sky.

And when my heart has ceased to beat, And atoms loose and seek to meet You up above where dreams and tears Have mingled, crowded, waited years To be together, rest and be As one again before we flee. Over hill and under cloud, Through the rain, among the flowers, Sweep through grass and tumble […]

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Book Reviews

My Reading Challenge for 2014.

You might remember I set myself a challenge to read 50 books this year along with a variety of other things I wanted to do to try and find myself a bit after the last few years. So far, I’ve read 13 books and I’m keeping a track on the Goodreads challenge widget. I’m keeping […]

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