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My Family’s Secret Language

The Conk When I was growing up, in our family, the third game or round we played to work out the overall winner – if for example I won one and my sister one the other – was called ‘The Conk’. Yes, ‘The Conk’. I guess it is some shortened form of conqueror but I don’t really know and I

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What Kind of Parent Am I?

Personal Labels Over the years I have taken a number of personality and behavioural surveys and profiles. You too may have done some of these at work or as part of a team building exercise or perhaps on a lazy afternoon when flicking through an old Cosmo magazine. Here are some of my results: Myers Briggs: ISFJ DISC: C and

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Pirates and Lawn Mowers What do you want to be when you grow up? Can you remember being asked that as a child? How did people react to your aspirations? I have asked Dylan – who is a typical boisterous four-year-old boy – a few times now – what he wants to be when he grows up. The latest response

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The Top Seven Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

Public Service Announcement It seems that any remnant of tact, delicacy and good sense leaves people when they are faced with someone in the family way. Below are the top seven things not to say a pregnant woman. And yes, all of these things were said to me when I had a bun in the oven, or said to friends

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Peppa Pig – Addiction, Alliteration and World Domination

Guilty Admission If you had mentioned Peppa Pig to me three years ago, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. But now, this British children’s cartoon series, with its five-minute episodes centred on the eponymous four-year-old talking pig, Peppa, are a dominant presence in our home. These days, I cannot imagine daily life without Peppa Pig on TV. What

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Everything We Do Is Wrong

W-Sitting My four year old, Dylan, was quietly playing with some toys on the floor and I relished a few peaceful moments before the baby was due to wake… until I realised from what I was reading on my phone that Dylan was sitting wrong. Yes – you read it correctly. Sitting wrong. Courtesy of my social media feed I

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The Baby Mysteries

  Wonderfully Horrible Our baby daughter, Eloise, turns one on Sunday. The past year has been tiring, wacky, joyous, boring, momentous, difficult and amazing. Being mama to Eloise has been horribly wonderful and wonderfully horrible. Because babies are easy… except when they are not. This inherent contrariness makes parenting a baby so fantastic and so awful at the same time.

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What I Did Not Believe Until I Became A Parent

  Unpleasant Side Effects When I found out I was pregnant I was overjoyed. But it does come with some unpleasant side effects. And I am not talking about morning sickness, back pain, heartburn or swollen ankles. It comes with the side effects of people rubbing your belly (I am not a genie people!). It comes with mothers telling you

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Don’t! No! Stop!

“What is it Like with Two?” One of the main questions I get nowadays is ‘what is it like having two kids?’ or ‘how has life changed with the addition of the second child?’ or some rendition of that. It is a nice way to make small talk and it is easy to give a polite answer – ‘oh it’s