Tag Lessons From Elsie

4 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM MY (SOON TO BE!) 4 YEAR OLD

IN eight days, Elsie will turn four. Another year older, another age reached, another little milestone passed. Last week we had her first school induction, the week before that I bought some of bits and pieces of her school uniform and on Friday she will visit nursery for the very last time and we will say goodbye to the staff who have done such a wonderful job of looking after

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HAVE I BEEN THE BEST MUM (THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN)?

THIS is the question I keep asking myself at the moment. The one that is continually repeating itself over and over in my frazzled brain. Have I been the best Mum? Have I? Have I? Have I been as good as I could have been? (To date, obviously.)

TEACHING ELSIE TO BE GRATEFUL

AT bedtime, Elsie and I have got a new routine. Which goes a little something like this…pyjamas on, brush teeth, clean face, toilet trip, bedtime story (or two), lights out, cuddles and a question. A very simple question that I’ve introduced over the past few weeks. And the question is this:

HOW TO GET A SPIRITED CHILD TO SLEEP

I DON’T normally write ‘how to’ posts for parents. One, because I am no expert. And two, well because even the experts don’t always have the answers. Us mums, us dads, we all know that there is no rule book for parenting. No essential guide book that will make this parenting malarkey a breeze. It’s tricky. It’s testing. It’s pretty much all trial and error. But goodness me, if there

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD MUM?

SOMETIMES being a mum feels like the easiest job in the world. Other days, it’s the hardest, most challenging, frustrating, damn right difficult job I’ve ever had. Or ever will. We’ve all been there haven’t we? No mum is immune from those god awful parenting days. The ones that force you to your knees in the kind of way only motherhood can. Not even the best mums. (Whoever they are) Not

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A LESSON IN HOW TO ‘FEEL GOOD’ FROM MY DAUGHTER

THIS morning I’ve been publicising myself and my work… As you can currently find me featured on the fabulous new Activia UK website as one of their feel good bloggers. A rather lovely blogging career highlight, that’s for sure! Truth be told, I’m proud as punch. Anyway, you can find me here and read all about my top tips on how to love your body, if you fancy it. But

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ELSIE’S 3RD BIRTHDAY PARTY AT WIGFIELD FARM

IT’S not often I share our family life on this blog. But Elsie had such a wonderful party with her friends at Wigfield Farm on Saturday, that I’ve decided I just have to! Wigfield Farm is a local farm, near to where we live in Barnsley and it’s a working farm, which teaches students. It’s also one of Elsie’s favourite places and one of ours too. I’ve lost track of

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BEFORE I HAD ELSIE…

IT’S Elsie’s 3rd birthday today! *beams* Watching your child grow older is a funny ol’ bittersweet thing. In some ways it feels like the past three years has gone by in a blink of an eye. In others, it feels like I’ve packed more into the past three years than I have in the last thirty! I really wanted to write something to celebrate Elsie’s birthday, and so when I

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