This blog is for parents who want to read something original and real about parenting, not the same old same old…lots of science, lots of humour and a load of good tips that really work! And an occasional rant.

Do We Need To Say Please?
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At the start of term in January a few years ago, a mother who had done my course just before Christmas spotted me across the playground and ran towards me shouting gleefully “Stephanie! Stephanie! We’ve just had a brilliant Christmas … Read More

Kids Hitting Their Parents
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Observing a child hitting or kicking a parent is one of those things that has always made me instinctively gasp inside, it’s a gut reaction which is a mixture of shock, shame and fear, and I think my feeling is … Read More

Sharing Information With Kids
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One of our jobs as parents is sharing information with kids; things that they don’t know but we do. In fact, it could sum up the job, it’s what we are always doing right from the start. We’re telling them … Read More

Reality TV Lessons
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Regular readers of this blog will know how much my teenage daughter and I love watching certain reality tv shows together (or ‘crap tv’ as I’ve heard it described…) Apart from the fact that it’s such fun and we get … Read More

Talking To Kids About the News
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I’ve seen a lot of advice articles for parents popping up over the past week, all with titles like ‘How to talk to your child about the Paris attacks’ and I’ve see similar articles every time there has been a … Read More

The Transgender Experiment on Kids
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Channel 4’s ‘Born in the Wrong Body’ recent season of programming began with the episode ‘My Transgender Kid’, doing its bit to reinforce uncritical mass acceptance of the idea that children have an innate ‘gender identity’ which overrides their biological … Read More

Wisdom of Mothers
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When my first baby was born I remember the time my mother said to me, in a slightly anxious and strained voice: ‘You don’t want to make him the centre of your life.’ I just thought ‘But how could he … Read More

Kids Change You
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As my kids get older I realise that they have left me with a lasting legacy of thoughts and words which I never used to have before they came along. Kids change you in many deep and profound ways I … Read More

When Kids Say Hurtful Things
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When kids say hurtful things to us, all our common-sense can fly out of the window as we’re overwhelmed with shock, hurt, guilt and self-questioning. Either that, or rage. We may forget that even adults, when upset, will say cruel … Read More

Knowing Your Triggers
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It’s a fact that our own triggers are..well, triggered, when we see the same in our own children. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say when we think we see the same in our own children, because that’s the nature … Read More

Do Kids Know Themselves?
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There’s an idea these days that kids know themselves best. It’s a modern thing, parents never used to think that. Parents used to act like they knew you better than you knew yourself – the absolute cheek of it! – … Read More

Worrying About School
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The kids are all back at school, some will have just started, or moved to a new one, and parents all over the land will be worrying about them settling in OK. When you’re a parent there’s always something new … Read More

Car Games: My Top Ten
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Here’s a treat for you! Don’t know why I’ve never thought to pass this on before, but here is a list of tried and tested Top Ten Car Games which I hope will create fun fun fun for you and … Read More

Real Life Twins
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I am an identical twin so I sat down to watch ‘Secret Life of Twins’ on ITV yesterday hoping that it would do something I’ve never seen before on t.v. by portraying real life twins, rather than the freak show … Read More

Over-Protective Parents
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I remember once, years ago, seeing a toddler wearing baby reins being led around a playground by his over-protective parents. The playground was all grass, so as safe as you get (when I was a kid they were all hard … Read More

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