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I want to teach my kids resilience

key life skills to teach kids: resilience

  I’ve had mental health on my mind a lot this season. My previous post highlighted some personal stuff from the last year and a half, and I also went through a period of burn-out in the late noughties that was only resolved when I had to take a break with maternity leave. Commuting to […]

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The answer to ‘baby brain’: BeetsBLU Pag

BeetsBLU PagerTag Review

I used to think that ‘baby brain’ not only was a terrible misogynistic stereotypical word that would never cross my lips but also a complete myth. It’s still a term I dislike, but unfortunately I’m one of its victims. I got pregnant and started to leave my phone on trains and lose my keys in […]

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Raising Bilingual Children: Confessions ...

Raising Bilingual Children: Confessions of a Struggling Mum

I have been having a few wobbles lately about what is, at this time, my utter failure at raising bilingual children. It’s not something that bilingual parents talk about online very openly that I’ve seen. There are a lot of blog posts about the theory and practices that work at raising bilingual children, and a lot of ‘this is […]

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Potty training reflections

potty training

Everyone has a potty story to curl the toes of most child-free persons and not a small amount of card-carrying parents. In the next few weeks and months, I am going to embark on another potty training adventure with Luciole and I am not particularly relishing the thought, considering how long-winded an affair it was with […]

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Language Development and Bilingualism

Language Development and Bilingualism

  source One of the many questions a parent may ask themselves when trying to raise a bilingual child is: ‘will my child be at a disadvantage?’ ‘Will his understanding be delayed?’ ‘Will she be able to advance at the same pace because of having to learn two languages or more?’ The answer to all […]

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I have ‘issues’ with the English pre-sch

I have ‘issues’ with the English pre-school system

    It’s no surprise to anyone who has spoken to me in the last few weeks that I can’t get my head around the English pre-school system. I really don’t get it: the whole way it is organised – or not organised – is a mystery to me. Before anyone thinks this is going to  be a ranty post […]

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Not a toddler anymore

Not a toddler anymore

My Little Girl turned 3 today and definitely not a toddler anymore. She has never been more excited about her birthday. We have been talking about it since February… We’ve also had nearly daily requests for a pink scooter. Well, we can finally put that one to rest! She really is the most delightful girl, […]

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Potty Training is my personal parenting ...

Potty Training is my personal parenting hell

photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc All parents face one or more challenges that present more of a problem to them than others for completely obscure reasons. For me, potty training is that seemingly insurmountable hurdle. Breastfeeding was bone-achingly hard at first but I had a good handle on how it worked, why I was having problems and what […]

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12 Months In the Life of Luciole

12 Months In the Life of Luciole

I can’t quite get my head around the fact that it was a year ago that Luciole made her entrance into the world. Everyone tells you how much faster time goes with your second child, and it’s all true! The last year has had its hard moments, as can be expected when you have only […]

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Naughty Children and Using Words Wisely

I wrote the other day about how being labelled argumentative in my early twenties caused me to doubt myself and my ability to fit in. Even now, I sometimes catch myself after speaking and wild thoughts run inside my head: ‘I have literally no idea how that came across; should I have not said that? Do people think I […]

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