Things no-one warns you about school

With a school reception year and a few weeks of year one under my belt I've been reflecting on how [...]

By |September 19th, 2016|Parenting|19 Comments

‘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

What they don’t tell you about reception year

With the Christmas holidays underway I’ve been reflecting on BB’s first full term at school. It’s fair to say it’s [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Parenting|6 Comments

‘I cried hot burning tears because I dreaded the reaction my shoes would get at school’

BB started school for the first time this week, which needless to say made me think about my first day [...]

By |September 11th, 2015|Family life, Uncategorised|24 Comments

Preparing your child for starting ‘big’ school

This time next week is BB’s first day of school. With the exception of becoming a big sister starting 'big' [...]

By |August 31st, 2015|Parenting|12 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

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

If someone had told me this is what lunchtimes would involve, I wouldn’t have believed them

She might have just turned 3, but BB is itching to start school. She asks me daily what colour her uniform will be (I don’t know because it depends which over-subscribed school we actually manage to get her into), who will collect her and pick her up (again I don’t know because it depends how far away said school is) and can she go to the school in Time For School on Cbeebies (at last a question I can actually answer – no.) Being an August baby by this time next year she will be in reception class, but until then I’ve got to come up with ways to satisfy her school curiosity or suffer death by questioning. So when aplaceforeverything.co.uk asked me to review LEGO’s latest lunch box set, launched to celebrate the release of the LEGO movie, I had an idea: we could start, like school, having ‘packed lunch’ at home (pictured). This is a brilliant idea, even if I do say so myself. I realise it’s a total waste of cling film, but the look on her face as she unwraps each item and says ‘wow’ is worth it (also pictured). […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Family life, Food, Money, Parenting, Reviews, Uncategorized|0 Comments