Gathering at Holland House
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Chapter 10: Privileged

Recently, I had the privilege of spending a long weekend amongst the company of 30 insanely talented authors and illustrators. From the intimate setting of Holland House, in the beautiful Cotswolds, I was one of the privileged few who got to watch James Mayhew draw to music, I created cats and characters with Viviane Schwarz  and as a busy mum of two, had the luxury of eating for 4 days without having to do a weekly shop, prepare a single meal or wash a single plate! Privileged? Very!

Toddler Boy Running through Golden Gate Park
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Chapter 9: Keep Up or Give Up

Today was Mothers' Day and I was in a total mumfunk! It wasn't that my husband was away, leaving me with the boys, it had nothing to do with the rejection I had over email last night - it was just one of those days - I was bored and in a funk. Unlike other things in life, you can't just give up on motherhood, can you? Even trying to escape for 5 minutes to hide under my duvet, resulted with my 4 year old joining me followed by a rendition of The 3 Little Pigs using my bed as the stage! With motherhood, there are no options, other than to just keep going...

Notepad and Pens with Penguin Logo
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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
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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
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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...