Today I saw a child sporting a dummy as he walked around the playground. I'm not sure exactly how old he was, but it seems unlikely that he was less than 3. It made me feel sad as the dummy made him seem babyish, vulnerable and mute.A few minutes later the dummy was out and it was as if he was ... Read More about Dummies – Is there a time and a place for them?
Is it just me who isn't coping with the school holidays? I'm enjoying lots of time with my boy, but nothing else is getting done. I shop and I cook (nothing fancy) so we can eat, but the house is untidy, not very clean and I don't see that changing in a hurry.I'm tired after long, but fun days and ... Read More about Coping With The School Holidays?
At my son's school there seems a strange divide over parties. Whole class parties have been quite common and everyone in the class has been invited. Some parties have been for smaller groups: often all the girls or all the boys. We go to most of the birthday parties that J is invited to. We go if ... Read More about Why Don’t Some Children Go To Birthday Parties?
My six year old boy still loves his cuddles. He is a bit of a Mummy's boy if I'm truthful, but that seems to go along with being kind, sensitive and not overly boisterous, so I'm happy with that. If I go away for a few nights he wants to make up for the cuddles he's missed out on and he goes into ... Read More about Cuddles
We recently had a school sports day. My son, J, is slim and about average height, but he isn't a natural athlete. I work hard at encouraging him to push himself physically, as he is inclined to be cautious and lacks confidence in this field. I also insist that he does a weekly swimming class plus ... Read More about School Sports Day – An Exercise in Humiliation