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10 things I can’t do because I only have sons

Inspired by this wonderful article by dad-of-daughters, Mike Reynolds, here’s my list of the things I can’t do because I only have sons: Have pink stuff in the house. So … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why every race needs a supporter

Last weekend I was due to run the Rome Marathon. Unfortunately, due to a training-related back injury, I was forced to pull out at the eleventh hour. After five months … Continue reading

March 30, 2014

On the genderisation of toys

I know that various writers have posted on Bea about the ‘genderisation’ of toys, but the reason I want to bring this up again is because 1) I was talking … Continue reading

January 24, 2014

What do we teach small children about consent?

Last night, my daughter asked me to snuggle in with her under her duvet to sing her a bedtime song. I obliged, and gently tickled her feet. “No! No more … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 8 Comments

Be a Hero

Tonight is Children in Need. It’s a yearly event that has run for over 30 years here in the UK with the aim of raising money for organisations which help … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nappy Ever After – Bite Me!

My toddler moved up a room at nursery in September. It had to happen – he’d been in the same room since he started going, over a year ago, and … Continue reading

September 22, 2013

Emigrating: Some FAQs from an Australian Family in Switzerland

As a family of two parents and three children who emigrated from Australia to Switzerland ten years ago, we are often asked about the ins and outs of our big … Continue reading

September 9, 2013

Nappy Ever After: Our First Festival

On Sunday, we took Tweetie Junior to his first festival. It wasn’t V Fest, though – it was Lollibop, in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Billed as ‘The Big Bash … Continue reading

August 22, 2013

School is cool but homeschooler!!

Get it? Home is cooler? Homeschooler? Meh, it was tenuous at best! These days homeschooling is gaining in popularity as more and more people choose to keep their children out … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Do manners matter?

When I was little I vividly remember my mum telling me that table manners were very important. There was no talking with your mouth full, a knife and fork were … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Helping children say goodbye

My mother-in-law – Harry and Joe’s grandma – died last week. We knew it was coming, but of course it was still a shock. And even though we’d told the … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · 6 Comments

Taking Baby Steps

When it comes to housekeeping – like so many large and complex tasks – it really helps to break things down into smaller goals. I have a tendency to look … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 2 Comments
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