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PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

12/01/10

So it’s finally December and  we have snow to boot. There was the usual scramble over the Advent calendars this morning and then ‘The Best Christmas Album Ever’ with our cornflakes….

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I MUSTN’T GRUMBLE

11/29/10

I’m conscious that it has been a few days since my last posting and that always makes me feel slightly unsettled. I worry on two fronts. Firstly, if I let…

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THE MANUSCRIPT

11/25/10

There’s a stack of paper on my usually clear desk. It stands about a centimetre high and is printed with two pages on each sheet of A4. However, instead of…

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WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE SICK

11/23/10

I have sick children this week. It’s hardly surprising as the first bug of the winter seems to be knocking people down like skittles in Ilkley and statistically my odds…

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THE DANCE SHOW

11/21/10

When I was two and a half my mum took me to dance class. There was a little dance school in the Cheshire village where we lived run by a…

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PUSHY PARENTS

11/18/10

I was having a discussion yesterday about what constituted a pushy parent. We seemed unable to agree on a definition although it was clearly  disparaging  as everyone was keen to…

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ANGER MANAGEMENT

11/15/10

It can’t possibly be good for me to be this cross the whole time.Actually, it’s not the whole time. I’m quite calm at the moment and it doesn’t take a…

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FRIENDS VIRTUAL OR REAL?

11/12/10

I’ve had a virtual week. I don’t mean literally. Of course my week has been real and grounded in the physical world. I mean that for the first time in…

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HOME-GROWN BABYSITTERS

11/11/10

My eldest will be fourteen this week. Now, I’m not about to say that I can’t believe it or wonder where the years have all flown to. I have slogged…