The sodding iPhone

I’m partially addicted to my iPhone, but I know when to give it up – most of the time.  It’s the ONE thing I argue the most about with my teen.  Can he have it in his room overnight, being the main source. Others things include where are the chargers, can he had the itunes…

I’m pressing my nose against the window

              He’s off our again with his mates, rucksack sorted with football, drink, phone, two cans of spray deodorant (not entirely sure why as he smells great) and his cashcard.  Off to meet his mates at our local football club, that has great facilities for teens to hang out…

Academic or Non Academic

The title above makes my blood boil on many fronts.  It’s such an outdated concept.  A concept from the 40’s that children are either brilliant or thick.  No in-between.  If you say these words today, you are only embarrassing yourself.  To let children today think this about themselves is a crime.  The formula of racing…

We ruled in the 80’s & still do

I spent this weekend with five mates I was a secondary school with in the 80’s, so I’ve known them for over 25 years.  A couple I lost touch with for a decade, but here we all are lounging on sofa’s and drinking fizz after driving to a remote cottage, from all over the UK….

Teachers, cool your boots

We are only a couple of weeks into year 10 and the ‘bug bad wolf’ GSCE talk is now tedious according to the teenager.  He was enjoying school but he’s ad the big bad wolf talk so many times it’s flipped him in the opposite direction.  He’s been told, according to him, at least 1,000…

Toddlers & Teenagers – not that different

I’ve had two toddlers and now have one teenager, the other four years off becoming one; I’ll be a total expert by then of course!  I was having a not so pleasant discussion with the teenager the other day about why he couldn’t stay out when it was dark at 9pm.  The argument hinged on…

LOL

I work from home doing various things to earn a living.  Now and again I find a note from the children in my office.  Here’s the latest one, done by the teen whilst he was doing some homework on stakeholders for his business studies GSCE.  I concur LOL.

Shrieking in the park

I saw an old school Mum-friend recently; she’d been in the USA for three years.  I was with my teen in the local park when I bumped into her.  Some of the enthusiasm Americans are known for had certainly rubbed off on her; she shrieked like she was at a ball game when she saw…

Dyslexia – we never do that face. Ever.

If you ever want an afternoon where you wish to depress yourself into a black hole of grimness just Google ‘dyslexia’  You will see that there are two distinct categories into which you could fall if you are dyslexic; the very slim chance of being like total genius mega-bucks Richard Branson or most likely a…