Browsing Tag

raising kids

  • A London nursery solution for parents

    Tweet I’m very glad that we raised No 1 Son in London – he has grown up so confident and capable and nothing really phases him; but I do remember how difficult it was to…

    September 12, 2016
  • The Toy Story effect

    Tweet We’ve been in our new house for exactly a month now, and most of it is pretty much organised. I’ve unpacked, decluttered and everything has its place. Except, that is, for No 1 Son’s…

    January 13, 2015
  • A Letter to my nine-year-old self

    Tweet Dear Elizabeth, I know you were too frightened to get on to the ice rink at your friend’s birthday party last week. Everyone was trying to persuade you to give it a go,…

    December 16, 2013
  • Raising children in the digital age

    Tweet The other day a friend told me that their child can’t wait to get on the iPad at every possible opportunity; they love playing Angry Birds and watching their favourite TV shows, and…

    November 7, 2013
  • Back from the abyss

    Tweet As some of you noticed, I’ve been largely absent from this blog and social media for the past 10 days. Sometimes something happens in your real life that completely obliterates everything else. The…

    October 13, 2013
  • While you were sleeping

    Tweet No 1 Son asked me last night why I always go into his room in the morning when he’s asleep, and stand there for a few minutes (and I thought I was being…

    September 12, 2013
  • Is this the best summer ever?

    Tweet I loved being in London last summer – the buzz created by the Olympics was fantastic – but this summer is definitely my favourite ever. Not just because of the Royal Baby and…

    August 11, 2013
  • Like the Brady Bunch, but not

    Tweet I tend not to talk very much on the blog or indeed elsewhere about being a single parent, mainly because I feel like a bit of a fraud; Man of the House has…

    June 5, 2013
  • Understanding teen speak

    Tweet As all parents of teenagers know, they have their own language, teen speak deliberately designed to exclude, mystify and annoy their parents as much as we annoy them. Fortunately the lovely people at…

    March 25, 2013