‘Mummy there’s POO on my hand!’

The thing they don’t tell you about toilet training is that it goes way beyond simply getting them to do [...]

By |September 5th, 2016|Parenting, School|44 Comments

How not to lose the back to school plot

Does taking a ticket in the children's section of a shoe shop only to find the world and his or her screaming [...]

By |August 8th, 2016|Reviews, School|19 Comments

A letter to my baby on your first day of school

Dear BB, It’s been four years and 23 days since you were born and changed my world forever. Just like [...]

By |September 7th, 2015|School|10 Comments

Supermarket or Clarks school shoes: what’s the difference?

I was planning to wait until the last week of August to buy BB’s school shoes in order to get [...]

By |August 12th, 2015|School|12 Comments

Lullaby star cube review: worth its weight in gold

Bed times have taken on a new routine in our house of late. BB is no longer so tired that [...]

By |June 10th, 2015|Baby, Beauty, Family life, Health, Newborn, Parenting, Reviews, School|0 Comments

Is it ok to go straight from the school run to the pub?

We’ve had a sobering email from BB’s preschool. After Easter they’re going to start introducing phonics and teaching the children [...]

By |March 25th, 2015|Baby, Books, Breast feeding, Family life, Parenting, Reading, School|0 Comments

School admissions: what would God say?

I can hardly believe it’s time to apply for a school place for BB. Being an August baby she’ll start school within weeks of turning four next September, which means we have until January to get our application in. Our first choice is the local Catholic primary, whose performance is ranked in the top 7% of primary schools in the country, which unfortunately is also one of the reasons it’s the first choice of parents across town. The school is so oversubscribed there exists a list of Strict Criteria one must meet in order to be in with a chance of obtaining a place, and that criteria is ranked into Strict Categories. For example, it’s not enough to simply be a practicing Catholic and live in the parish. Our priest must fill out a form stating exactly how often we attended mass in the six months prior to applying for the school place, and when it comes to the dreaded Strict Criteria there’s a big difference between attending ‘frequently’ – twice or more a month – and ‘regularly’ – three or more times a month. Several Strict Category rankings in fact. (Surely twice or more a month could mean three times a month, which makes one a regular attendee rather than frequent, in which case I’m totally lost…) […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Family life, Parenting, School, Work life|2 Comments