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School run parking 30/365

OK rant time. Everyday on the school run I get annoyed with what parents do, parking on the pavement, blocking people in and even driving along the pavement rather than giving way to on coming traffic. Our local policeman has been out on a number of occasions but it has no effect, the school ask parents to be considerate but it falls on deaf ears. What annoys me the most is that its these people who would be the first to protest if their child was knocked over walking on the pavement! Please think of the safety of others when choosing where to park and not just where is the closest to the gate you can park!!!

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I had to be quite discreet but what you can’t see is that cars are parked all along the right hand pavement and 5 mins after this it was worse!

February 1, 2013 Posted by | School and Childcare | , , | Leave a comment

Reading 10/365

When H started school in September I was as little shocked to be told she wouldn’t be bringing home any books for a while. At a meeting parents were told all about Read Write Inc, the scheme they use to tech kids phonics, reading and writing. Unlike other schemes, the school championed the system as it teaches kids all three skills at the same time. I will admit I was dubious but H has loved the way of learning and today brought home her first reading book which she read with no problem. I remember with B the whole learning to read thing was a hard slog for me as well as her and so far we’re have had none of that with H.

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This is her eagerly reading me her book for the second time tonight!

January 10, 2013 Posted by | School and Childcare | , | Leave a comment

Back to school range at Clintons!!

It’s that time of year again and everone is shouting about their amazing Back to School range, it can sometimes be a bit daunting as to where to start and what your kids actually need, so when I was approached to review Clintons back to school range I thought that would be an ideal way to see what’s out there.

Clintons is here to help get the new school year off to a great start – from themed pencil cases, lunch boxes and notepads to thoughtful back to school cards, yes you really can get cards for everything these days! Clintons is also making it easier for parents by offering 3-for-2 on its back to school range from 16th August (whilst stocks last), helping you treat your little ones within budget.

I have to say I was really impressed when I looked at the products. Here’s some of the items in the range and what I thought:

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Stay organised with this colourful Boofle Notepad – £3.99

It’s so cute, perfect for any girl at school, whatever the age! B loves this and she is 8, but I would imagine many teenagers will like this too. It has a cute dangly tag on the spine and an elastic band meaning if your kids want to keep loose bits of paper in with their notebook, it will all be held together!

 

 

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This set of two Boofle Pens will help to inspire wonderful words – £3.99

Not only are these great for back to school, but they are of good quality, you could put these away for friends birthdays. Pens always go missing so the fact this is a pack of two is great – one for now and one for when the first gets lost!!

 

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Keep all of your school stationary in order with this funky Tokyo Toys Pencil Case£3.99

This pencil case is fantastic. The small pocket on the front is fab for pencil sharpeners meaning no annoying shavings getting all over those brand new pencils and pens! And they really have it right with the danglies, kids love them! This is great quality and just the right size for kids of the younger age range, who only need a few bits!

 

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And then we have the important stuff, lunch time is not just about food and Clinton have seen that and bring these fantastic products out. The lunch bag is priced at £7.99 and the bottle at £3.99. What I really love though is that the bag has an elastic strap in it, meaning you can put the bottle in, or anything else, and be assured it will stay upright by making sure it’s sat in the strap. It’s a decent size, I think I could even fit my own lunch in there!!

 

Clinton Cards is the largest specialist retailer of quality greetings cards, gifts and related products in the UK. Founded in 1968, Clinton Cards now has over 650 stores nationwide and two million shoppers through its doors each week.

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I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought about going to a card shop for my back to school supplies, but after trying out some of the range, I will definitely be heading over there to see what else is about, and would recommend these products without a doubt!!

September 7, 2011 Posted by | Parenting, Product Reviews, School and Childcare | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why oh why – Rant ahead!!!

I hate school playgrounds. I hated them when I was in school and I hate them now. B is in Yr 2, but she started just before Easter of her Foundation year due to us moving area. I was 5 months pregnant at the time and only 1 mum bothered to talk to me and that was after 2 months! I wasn’t emotionally in a great place at the time and couldn’t face approaching others, I couldn’t face the possible rejection.

Things have changed, there are now a handful of mum’s who always talk if I see them and I’m happy with that. H helps with her big breezy smile and on occasion other mum’s talk but it’s only in passing. I still hate the playground but it’s more bearable now, and as I only drop B at the gate in a morning it’s only once a day I have to endure it! Ok I am making it out to be much worse than it is!

This morning I did actually stay at school because B was playing recorder in assembly and the parents were invited to stay if they could. While waiting to enter the school hall I was stood next to 2 mum’s from B’s class, one of which is heavily pregnant and they were discussing the fact she wants a home birth. She said her midwife was trying to scare her out of it due to her being a VBAC mum and said she didn’t know the statistics and her midwife didn’t tell her. Having been a VBAC mum myself,redjar @ Flickr.com and being close enough that I could obviously hear the conversation, I just said “It’s 1 in a thousand and I was that 1!” Now with most parents if you say something in that sort of conversation you at least get acknowledged. Nope, they both just paused, looked at me, and then looked away and carried on. I felt like saying “How rude!” very loudly but I just brushed it off and let them get on with it. “There’s a 0.1 chance of tearing” said the none pregnant mum, well wouldn’t you know it, that’s what I just said!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want to scare her, on the contrary, I just wanted to point out it does happen but was going on to say that I had since spoken to midwives who had never seen it in their careers. The odds are stacked in her favour, but that 0.1 chance is a very real one. I know if it was me I would have wanted to hear it had actually happened to someone, and although that wouldn’t have changed my decision, it added to my knowledge. I actually was under the impression home births are not available on the NHS for VBAC mum’s. I know it’s a slight chance but any chance and I would want the doctors close by.

Anyway, my rant isn’t about birthing options, each mum has the right to make their own decision and I was in no way being judgemental, it’s the fact that I was trying to offer an opinion and was cut off mid sentence and looked at like dirt – just because I am not in their “click”. Why are mum’s like this some of the time? We are all mum’s, our kids are in the same class, we’ve all had experiences and we all are as equally valuable to the bigger picture of life. What gives anyone the right to give someone that sort of look and be so rude!

Argh, rant over! I’d love to know if I’m alone in my playground fear!

March 18, 2010 Posted by | School and Childcare | 14 Comments

I’m so excited!!!!

Tomorrow my life starts it’s big change. Tomorrow I collect my car!!!! I don’t really know how I have managed 16 months without one, but I have proved to myself a car is a luxury and I can live without one. However, as you all probably know, I am starting work soon and therefore a car has turned into a necessity!!

Irregular Shed @ Flickr.com

Excitement is an understatement. I have waited so long for this point. When I separated from my husband I moved the length of the country to start again near family. I had a great job – no a career – and I had hoped I could move with that but a combination of maternity leave and credit crunch that didn’t happen. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do and I think in the back of mind was that once I’d licked my wounds I might move back North. For that reason, starting work down here is a very personal and public declaration that I am here to stay, which I hope won’t be met with groans from my brilliant friends here!

ForestForTrees @ Flickr.com

Aside from what it means in me getting back on track, I am so excited about getting back to work. I honestly didn’t think I would, a few months ago when I found out I had got the job I was actually worried about every aspect. Was I really up to the job, was it right for the kids, what about arranging childcare, what about when the girls are ill……… The list was endless. Now it’s nearly here and I will have my car within 24 hours. Childcare is all set up and in place. Oh and yesterday I got my letter with details of my 2 day induction! It’s really happening! I am sure I will blog more about all this as it happens, but I just wanted to let everyone know I feel as excited as a kid the week before Christmas!!!

March 12, 2010 Posted by | My 101 Things, Parenting, School and Childcare, Working Mum | , , , , | 2 Comments

The wonderful half term feeling!

It’s once again that wonderful time of year, where the kids get a week off and us parents get bored silly!!! February 13th 2009 by -JosephB-.

Now before I start, don’t get me wrong, I love my kids to bits – I just want to clarify that point before I continue!

On Friday I picked up B from school and we were both excited about the week off ahead. Lets face it, I was excited at the prospect of not having to get up and out the house early, and the slight possibility of a lie in (fat chance with H!) B was excited about no school, being able to stay in bed in the mornings and just playing all week. H on the other hand was just facing normality as she isn’t yet at school and until I start work in a few weeks, is at home all the time anyway!

So far we are on day 3 of the 9 days off. So far B hasn’t stayed asleep past 7am. On a school morning I have to shake her awake at 7.30am! I am fed up of “can I have”, “can I watch TV”, “I’m bored”, “what can I do” and we have so much longer to go!!! And what am I doing to stay sane? Playing my farming game on Facebook! Not constantly, fat chance of that lol! But enough that B just told me I should get off the laptop if I have a headache because it will make it worse!

B has finally got the idea today that the TV is not going on, and when H wakes from her nap we are going to walk to the shop just to get out the house for a bit. Oh hang on, we spent all morning at Let’s Play, oh yes that’s right, H was in a strop as it was too busy for her and all she wanted to do was eat chocolate! Might take a rain check, or rather a snow check on that trip to the shop, yep, here comes the snow again!

I can’t help but think roll on bedtime and then feel like a completely awful mother because I have no idea how to keep a 7 year old entertained. Summer holidays are great, the weather is better and we can go on day trips out, or play in the garden. But with the large-ish age gap and a 7 yr old and 18 month old to keep occupied I am feeling a little out of my depth for the 1st time since having 2 kids! H wants to play with what ever B has, B wants to play with things her sister can’t touch, and both of them want to shout at me about it!

Before I know it B will be back at school and I will be starting work, and life will rarely be like this again. Holidays when I’m not working we will get out and do more because I will have wheels and the money to do it. Mabe thats why I am feeling it this week! But any suggestions on how to keep sane for the rest of the week are greatly appreciated!!!

Picture from Flickr.com by  -JosephB- http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephb/4171701696/

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Parenting, School and Childcare | , , , | 8 Comments