The Media Myth

The Media Myth This article comes with a health warning because the following topic is one of my personal rants, but it does relate to parenting, I hope ? I’m referring to the slow, continuous drip of the media, in all its forms, designed to leave us feeling like our lives are lacking in some […]

The ‘D’ Word

Discipline…what is it about this word that tends to automatically associate it with unruly behaviour and some form of punishment?

Viral Incubators

Sitting in the doctors surgery 18 months ago with, what seemed like my 100th bout of a viral infection and several blood tests later, the doctors questions and diagnosis marked another learning curve for me as a Grandparent. “How long have you felt unwell?” asked the doctor “On and off for about 6-8 months now” […]

So here it is… Christmas!

Christmas means so many things to so many different people but for me it’s about remembering the reason we celebrate Christmas at all. It’s about re-enacting the story of a Father (God) who gave the best gift he could (his son Jesus) to everyone he really cared about (everyone) so that they could experience the […]

Just a thought

 If you’re the parent of multiple birth children, I can guarantee that someone has said ‘those’ words to you that cause you to muster up every bit of patience and grace you can find… “double trouble, eh?”. It’s the equivalent to approaching the parent of a single child and saying “pain in the neck, eh?” […]

Crazy times

There are some real benefits to being of a mature age, although I use that word very lightly. I no longer worry about what people think of me, I know exactly what I like and don’t mind asking for it, and I have no inhibitions in acting crazy if it gives my grandchildren a fun […]

Changing Seasons

Change is inevitable. Sometimes we choose it, other times it’s forced on us. Sometimes we see it coming, other times it’s a complete surprise. It can be exhilarating or terrifying, empowering or soul destroying and anywhere in between.

Sun and Sensibility?

I guess we would agree that we haven’t had the most consistent of sunny days so far this summer but we shouldn’t get lulled in to a sense of security about this distant powerful force, because it is now widely known and accepted that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are the main cause of skin cancer, […]

Same but Different

This photo is one of the first I had taken with my granddaughters and is probably my favourite photo of all. I’ve had many hours holding them separately but, somehow, holding both the girls at the same time always seemed to feel ‘right’, as though they were complete. Fascinating for me is that it’s exactly […]

What About Dads?

With Father’s day on the horizon, I thought it might be interesting to introduce you to a survey that was carried out to find out What Mums Want (And Dads Need To Know), the title of a recent book by Harry and Kate Benson (of the Marriage Foundation Charity).

Staying calm

“Breathe in 2,3,4 and out 2,3,4” repeated the Physio as I sat in front of a mirror watching my shoulders slowly coming down from my ears to a more natural position. I was just catching my breath having completed a couple of minutes of flailing my arms in what could only be described as a […]

Being enough

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and as I sit here looking at the lovely gifts and cards I received, I realise just how lucky I am to have such nice words written about me. Why? Because so much of being a mum is about hoping you did enough, gave enough and were enough for your children. […]

Nanny J

Until two years ago I had no experience of what being a nanny was like and then, within four months of each other, our daughter had given birth to identical twin girls and our daughter-in-law, a boy. We were delighted and excited but had no idea of how much these three little bundles were about […]