Children sharing toys

Chapter 8: I don’t like Sharing

Is there anything more difficult than teaching young children to share? It's the one area I feel positive about when Oscar insists on sharing his half-nibbled gingerbread man with everyone in the family; only to feel mortified about when he uses his polar bear strength and super suction powers to clasp onto a toy on a playdate. You know what I mean...

Notepad and Pens with Penguin Logo

Chapter 7: Retreat!

A week into the hottest summer holidays on record and I was buying a jumper. Why? That's a very good question. I was in London - by myself, alone, freedom - enjoying the company of fourteen other creatives, an author, an editor and a very sexy illustrator on a two day writing workshop at Penguin Random House! I had remembered my laptop, charger, notepad, brightly coloured pens, etc, but hadn't considered encountering...

The Fairytale Mum Brothers Cuddling

Chapter 6: Connections

At some point, the husband and I decided that we wanted to ride the parenting roller-coaster together. We had been that couple, watching that child in the supermarket, discussing how our child would never, ever, ever behave like that child. It was simple - it all came down to good 'parenting'... And then our child did indeed become that child and we became those parents. Sound familiar?...

boy explores plants with magnifying glass

Chapter 5: Regression – It’s Okay Mummy

Woh - what a week! You know that feeling after you've had a long day in heels and you finally arrive home, sit down and can kick them off... wait for it... aah! That's how I feel about this week. Daddy has been away, so I've had to hold onto the parenting reins solo, which would be okay if my children hadn't seemingly turned into untamed, wild horses overnight. Okay - I say children - I'll be honest, I really am referring to just one child in particular...

Village Hotel Room Watford

Chapter 4 – Why Self-Care Matters

Yesterday, I checked into the 'Village' hotel for a night away - a mama retreat if you will. 'The Village' - I think it's an apt name for a place to escape to whenever mum needs some respite. As I settled myself in, drinking a sneaky G & T in the sunshine, munching through a bag of Liquorice Allsorts...

Birds-eye-view of baby sleeping in a swinging crib surrounded by teddies

Chapter 2 – Can Dreams Become Reality?

Earlier this week, an old friend of mine from school contacted me to say that I'd featured in her dream. She now lives in the States and has a young family of her own, so we don't get to chat too often, but it is always delightful when we do. In her dream, she said that...