Sunday, 31 August 2014

10 Things our Children Sadly Won't Experience

I am going to sound a right old fogey now. At the grand old age of 32, OK 36, I feel I can safely say that as my girl is starting pre-school I have been reminiscing about the 'good old days'. Yes, those days gone by and the things that I feel made me the well rounded human being I am today. And sadly these ten things are things that my children will never experience, never feel the joy of. Nope they now have things in their lives that would have BLOWN OUR MIND!

I remember when our school got its first CD Rom. We all were summoned to the 'computer room' and stared at penguins on the screen gobsmacked. If we had seen actual moving images or knew we could google 'Mark Owen topless'? We let's just say I wouldn't have passed any GCSEs. So here are the ten things I loved about growing up and that will be sadly missed from my own children's lives:

Smash Hits Lyrics
One of the highlights of my youth was 'Smash Hits'. I LOVED everything about it. From the posters on the inside which I plastered all over my walls (Matt Goss be still my beating heart) but the highlight for me? The lyrics dotted throughout. I loved it. I loved the fact that I could stand in front of TOTP (RIP) on a Thursday night at 7pm and sing along to the Top Ten because without the aid of the internet Smash Hits would be the only way you would know the lyrics unless you...

Yes this is me. With actual MATT GOSS! I am literally rabid.
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Okido Not Just Your Average Mag

As I discussed at the start of the summer. My girl? LOVES MAGAZINES! I can't seem to walk past a shop without walking away £4 poorer and then in the possession of a tatty bit of paper that will be ripped up by the boy and in the bin by bed time. I saw Okido crop up on my instagram feed and I thought oh la laaa! That looks a bit snazzy. So I got myself, I mean my girl, a copy.

Created by two South London Mums, the magazine is aimed at 3-8 year olds and is for at both boys and girls. Based on the premise that boys and girls are stimulated by the world around them in the same way, so there should be no need in communicating to them in different ways.

Friday, 29 August 2014

A Day Out at the Birmingham Grand Prix

I am literally the least sportiest person in the world ever. Seriously. I have embraced this fact and am quite, quite happy about it all. However? I would like my little ones to enjoy sport, be part of a team and succeed in whatever they want to do. So even though the athletics is not my usual hangout, when Sainsbury's invited me, the husband, kiddos and my rents to visit their Birmingham Grand Prix I jumped at the chance. And you know what? My non sporting self kinda enjoyed it! 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dear Parent...

Dear Parent,

Congratulations! Your child is going to school. They are about to be flung into the big bad world and learn all sorts of things that will help them to grow up to be fine, young adults. Stop sobbing! It's OK! I promise you, it's going to be OK. Look, let me set your mind at ease. I'm a teacher. And no, not all teachers are like Mr Bronson from Grange Hill or that odd PE teacher that dished out too small towels in the shower rooms when you were in fifth form. Nope, controversially? Some people enjoy being teachers! I know? Mad isn't it.

There's lots of writing around to help you to ease your child into attending pre-school, or infants or even gulp 'big' school. But what about you? Your worries and concerns? I promise you this, when your child is in my care or any of my other hard working colleagues? We look after them like they are our very own - OK so no I don't let them watch Peppa and have the odd sneaky hob nob. Let me rephrase it. In that one day, or one hour your child is in front of us. We treat them with the love and respect that your child deserves.