Last night I sat watching DIY SOS. Every one of the families who are helped by the team, have to face incredibly difficult and sad situations. The lady on the programme last night was a mum of 4 children with kidney disease. The changes the DIY SOS team made to her home, were, at least, … More SOS
As I have said before, I believe learning through play is the best way to teach a young child a new skill. When I learnt to read, phonics were not invented. You just had to learn to recognise the word. When my older two children learnt to read, phonics were like a foreign language to me. … More Review of Match and Spell by Orchard Toys
I am a firm believer in teaching young children through play. I have been stumped recently on how to make learning how to tell the time fun. I tried using the wooden clock, but couldn’t devise a way to make the difficult task of learning that three also means 15 minutes and quarter past … More Review of What’s the Time Mr Wolf by Orchard Toys
Green Dragon Farm has not been opened long. You may remember my visit to the farm before it started accepting payment for entry. Today was my third visit since the official opening in April. There is no doubt about it, Little J loves it. In all honesty, I can see why. There is so much … More Green Dragon Eco Farm – Excellent place for children
Before having children I had a picture of how it would be. Having my eldest at 16 years 6 months and 2 days old did mess up that image from the start. I still had aspirations. Being such a young mum gave me the will to fight for everything. To make sure my child had … More The hardest journey of all
For Keith and Little J, this trip was their first day out at Legoland. When Z was younger, we had season tickets and went at every opportunity. I had it all planned. Get there as early as possible, walk as quickly as we can to the bottom right hand corner (The Knights Kingdom) and make … More Day out at Legoland
Pause the world, I need some time without it needing me to function. Since Grandad entered Florence Nightingale Hospice three weeks ago, we have been expecting him to pass away any day. He defied medical reason and kept trying to respond to us until his last breath. Why has his death hit me like a … More Someone press the pause button
My mind is full of thoughts. Right now I feel angry, sad, resolved, determined, thankful and broken hearted. My emotions change with each breath. I’ve always had a special bond with my grandfather. Maybe it’s a middle child thing. I can only remember being angry with him once. The other memories I have are all … More Memories are so precious!