Welcome to this week’s Thankful Thursday. This week’s highlights have included… Reading This blog post about a retrospective view of parenting. Victoria Coren Mitchell’s Guardian column on feminism. This blog post about writing by Don Miller – I love the diving analogy. Really resonates with me. I feel like I am constantly resurfacing. Writing About time out (for parents, coming to a blog near you on Sunday) and time in (for children, here).… View Post

The tale of the pirate banana goes like this: Me: Would you like a banana? Joanna: Um, no thanks. Me: Pirate banana? Joanna: Yeah! Job done.

In Weekend in focus I review the weekend and look at our therapeutic parenting successes and failures, with the aim of learning something each time.  Friday night On Friday after school I took Charlotte to the library while Joanna had football. Charlotte behaved beautifully in the library until we bumped into one of her friends, and then a shrieky game of hide-and-seek ensued. Hmmm. Thankfully it was soon time to… View Post

Introduction Welcome to the fourth in my series of Sunday Self-Care posts. Each Sunday I’m adding a new blog post about a different aspect of self-care. I’ll be using the hashtag #sundayselfcare on Twitter and Instagram and would love it if you’d join me. If you missed them, here’s where you can find the previous posts: The seven components of self-care, part one: sleep The seven components of self-care, part two: support The seven components of self-care, part… View Post

What is Splosh? Splosh is an environmentally friendly range of cleaning products delivered (free) by post. They are sold as sachets of concentrate, so you pop them in a bottle, add hot water, give them a shake, and they’re ready to go. You can either recycle your own bottles or buy the relevant ones in a Splosh starter kit, which is what I did. I liked the ordering process. First… View Post