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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

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Review: SodaStream Machine.

If there was one thing that I remember bringing utter glee into a trip to a friend’s house when I was a kid, it was getting to use the SodaStream machine that seemed to be an integral part of the kitchen of all of the places I might spend a day. Something about the deliciously […]

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 […]

Creative Writing

Even in the playground in a Sunday, it's still all

The Gallery – Talent.

Talent. They say it is everything. Some people have it. Some people don’t. I watch people who don’t have talent all the time. I watch people who have some talent all the time. I watch kids who sparkle. I watch kids who just ‘have it’. I watch kids who learn fast and kids who learn […]

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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 […]

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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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