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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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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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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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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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Courageous Parenting: stepping away from...

Courageous Parenting: stepping away from the comparison wars

A couple of days ago, I reviewed Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly. It was an engaging and deeply challenging read, and I was so impacted that I decided to devote a couple more posts to discussing the contents. Brown spends an entire chapter addressing Wholehearted parenting and has many wise and challenging things to say about our […]

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Life With Two Kids

Life With Two Kids

Life has been crazy over here chez la Frog. Pregnancy did its usual thing of taking over my brain space so that there was no room left for anything other than ‘and the next day… And the one after… And the one after that…’. Not that anything terribly wrong happened, just the usual horrors of […]

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The Bear Tax

The Bear Tax

Little Girl has been given a lot of different nicknames in our house since she appeared on the scene, not least her official foetus name ‘Otto’, but it should not surprise anyone to know that she is now frequently called by her animal name, what with living with a father obsessed with giving animal names […]

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Warning: I have Boring Mum Syndrome

Warning: I have Boring Mum Syndrome

Oh dear… I have become one of those mums. You know the type: they just don’t stop boasting about their children, pictures in hand, until their interlocutor’s eyes glaze over and you know they are thinking ‘I don’t ever want to become this boring, I am NEVER having kids!’ The thing is, I thought I […]

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