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EVENING MALAISE

11/19/09

The list of things that I was going to do this evening is almost endless. The main contenders for my attention, in no particular order, are:- buns for Children in…

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TELLING LIES

11/17/09

You must not tell lies. I must say this to my children every week. Trust has to be the basis of any relationship and the parent/child one is no exception….

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TEENAGE TIMES

11/15/09

My eldest baby is 13. I am the mother of a teenager. In that terribly cliched and yet horribly true fashion, can I really believe that it is 13 years…

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A SUITABLE PUNISHMENT

11/10/09

My girls have misbehaved. Not a minor misdemeanor which might result in Cross Mummy for a couple of minutes but something that I felt required a proper punishment to ensure…

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WRITERS’ BLOCK

11/07/09

So, here I am a week into my course. I don’t think I mentioned what I was studying. I suspect that is because I am slightly embarrassed. Not because it’s…

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EIGHT WEEKS AND COUNTING

11/02/09

So now it’s November. And suddenly it can’t be put off any longer. I am going to have to start thinking about Christmas. I know. It’s weeks off. Surely it…

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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

10/26/09

Your own space? Luxury or necessity? Discuss.It’s hard, in a house that is full and busy, to find a space that is private. Our house is a reasonable size but…

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PARENTS’ EVENING

10/21/09

Parents’ evening at the primary school this week. We have done 14 so far. We know the form, what to expect, what the teachers will and won’t tell you about…

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CROCHET HOOKS AND RELATED ITEMS

10/21/09

In Ilkley there is a lovely shop called Create. It started out as a pottery painting place and then diversified into wool and now it is an Aladdin’s cave of…

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BACK CHAT AND RELATED ISSUES

10/14/09

Parenting is hard. No one ever said it was easy but the older my four get the more challenging it becomes and the more serious the consequences of getting it…