Groundhog Christmas Day

Groundhog Christmas Day

You awake to Sonny and Cher on the radio, or rather, as it’s Christmas, Slade or Band Aid. You have all manner of things set up for your small child to have a magical Christmas, but it all goes wrong. The child is horrible for whatever reason and you fear that the holiday is ruined forever. Fear not, though, as next year you just do it all over again. Welcome to Groundhog Christmas Day.

We don’t like music classes (and that’s fine with me)

We don’t like music classes (and that’s fine with me)

It can be frustrating when your child is the one in the class that’s different to all the others. That’s often been my experience with Tilly. The others sings and dances, while she wants out. It’s something I’m learning to understand and nurture and who knows, perhaps she’s actually has got more sense than everyone else anyway.

Child won’t have their passport photo taken? Do it yourself!

Child won’t have their passport photo taken? Do it yourself!

When my daughter exploded into tantrums as we attempted to have her passport photo taken at a local shop, I knew our family holiday could be in trouble. It was time to relieve the pressure on our child, step up and take the photo myself in the comforting environment of home. Here’s my DIY guide to how we got our passport photo made and accepted.

A year of term-time fun #OurPreschoolYear

A year of term-time fun #OurPreschoolYear

The countdown has begun. The schools are back, meaning it’s now just a year until Tilly starts in reception and my time with her is dramatically reduced. This is our last opportunity for term-time fun and I have every intention of making the most of the next 12 months. There are preparations to make for school too, though, such as securing a much coveted place and getting reading and writing skills up to standard. Oh and then I need to work out what on earth I’m going to do once Tilly is at school. One way or another, it’s going to be a busy year.