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When You Know Better, You Do Better

The title above is a quote from Dr Maya Angelou, and it goes a little way to helping relieve the guilt I feel over so many aspects of our parenting of The Princess in the first two years of her little life.  But it doesn’t go as far as stopping me from desperately wanting to turn the clock back three and a bit years, to understand all that… Continue reading

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When Love Walks Away

For a long while now I have been reading and practicing (or trying to) gentle parenting. In the throes of sleep deprivation and one too many evenings of solo-parenting, I have to say I’m possibly fairly far removed from ‘gentle’, but for the most part I try to see the world through the eyes of my children. I am constantly learning, every day, how to be a more empathetic, calm… Continue reading


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When Slippers are the Only Answer

Some days all the knowledge, all the things I have read and learned and continue to learn about parenting, get booted into a box, squished with a hefty thud, locked inside and kicked under the bed.  Some days, my patience, my ability to listen, to understand, to reason, my ability to see the world through the eyes of my three-year and fifteen-month olds is totally over-powered by my need for… Continue reading

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The Hospital Admission or ‘A Lesson in Trusting Children’

I have just had possibly the most surreal few days of my life.  The Princess had chicken pox last week, and in her usual style, she refused to give in to illness.  She carried on like nothing was wrong, despite the thermometer telling us otherwise, not resting, not napping, not taking it at all easy.  Then the coughing started.  I say ‘coughing’, I mean barking, like a dog with a… Continue reading


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