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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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Bring out the scary meds

Bring out the scary meds

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first reflex of a British parent when their children are ill is to reach for the Calpol or Nurofen. For non-Brits, I’m talking about liquid paracetamol, generally strawberry-flavoured, that comes with a syringe to administer straight into your infant’s mouth; like kids’ Doliprane in France. And most kids […]

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Visit to a French Doctor

Visit to a French Doctor

Photo by Rob Potvin at motionbug We’re in the middle of our long-awaited holiday, the first in two years, visiting my parents in France. I’ve been really good at staying away from technology over all; I mean, I check Facebook twice at the beginning and end of the day, and I read a few blogs […]

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Daring Greatly when your Emotional Capac...

This post is part of a series of reflections inspired by the book ‘Daring Greatly‘, which I read back in March. I reviewed the book here and expanded further from a parenting point of view. As I was reading the book, I considered whether there were areas in my life where I shy away from being vulnerable and as a […]

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Music for the sick

Music for the sick

I’m in this sort of mood today: This is music for sick days. I don’t even know what she’s talking about but that’s somehow irrelevant. I blame the stinking cold I’ve been lumbered with all week. Every morning since Tuesday, I wake up and all I want to do is stay in bed for the […]

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A week of new things

A week of new things

Parenting has a strange rhythm. Sometimes nothing happens for ages and then you get weeks like the last one when lots of interesting things happen all at once. In her own room! Last week was half-term and we finally moved Little Girl to her own bedroom. I felt emotional about it for about two seconds, […]

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The Black Hole of Preventative Medicine

The Black Hole of Preventative Medicine

I have had a lot of thoughts about a lot of things in the last few days and not a lot of time to write, probably because it takes me so darn long to put these thoughts together into agreeable sentences! So I write and rewrite ad nauseam until I almost impulse-publish to get it out of […]

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Are you S.A.D?

Are you S.A.D?

Every year around this time, I feel a bit depressed. It always happens in January, a combination of lingering darkness, the end of the festivities and the cold weather. It always gets me and this year more than others because I am on maternity leave. Badgerman has gone back to work after two weeks off […]

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Pregnancy Secrets no one ever tells you

Pregnancy Secrets no one ever tells you

A year ago today, I was finding out that I was pregnant. It was a joyful occasion but also a bit scary. It didn’t feel quite real. Little did I know what laid in store for me either, which is just as well because otherwise I would have tried to run away, or something. In […]

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Lack of Sleep or Senior Moment?

Lack of Sleep or Senior Moment?

About a month ago, as per usual I was leaving home to go to work, when I had a fearful moment of… Well, I don’t know how to describe it; the utter shame of it. It was insanely early by my clock i.e. about 7.20am. I’d recently acquired one of those fancy phone protection covers that […]

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