Lego: A Love Hate Relationship

Lego’s story began in the 1930’s in Denmark and it has been delighting children and injuring parents worldwide ever since. We have a lot of Lego. Boy Child has been in to it since he was about 4. This means he has a good 4 years worth of Lego based Birthday and Christmas presents now. This year Girl Child has…

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Nearly New: 10 Reasons Why I Love it

Ok, so I am a bit biased. I run nearly new sales so obviously I think they’re great, but I have loved nearly new for much longer than I’ve been running the sales. Before I had children, other than the occasional car boot sale (occasional because that was a time when Sunday’s still meant a lie in) I’d never really…

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Free Range Parenting

Have you heard the term “Free Range Parenting”? It’s becoming popular in the US but has been discussed less here in the UK. Wikipedia defines it like this: … the concept of raising children in the spirit of encouraging them to function independently and with limited parental supervision, in accordance of their age of development and with a reasonable acceptance…

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The Problems with Working From Home with a Toddler

Last week I unexpectedly had my 8 year old at home with me. It was a work day for me so I had things I needed to get done. We muddled along fine, with him doing some Lego and watching a movie. The experience made me think about how different it was to when I was trying to get my…

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Kids Vs Phone

The press always seems to be full of warnings about the dire consequences of our over use of technology. In particular the impact it has on our children. For a long time I’ve tried to ignore it, preferring to stick my head in the sand to examining the impact of my own phone use. However I’ve decided it’s time to…

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