Show me the pocket money

Show me the “pocket” money

Do children really need pocket money? Don’t they already have enough stuff without having the power to buy more? Here are 10 reasons why you should be giving your kids pocket money. #1 If you give pocket money, you have the power to take it away, which is pure power to a frazzled mother. Let’s… Read more »

If you could change your name

If you could change your name

What would you call yourself if you could change your first name? This question came up at dinner last night when we were laughing about what my kids would have been called if they had been the opposite sex. Jade was set to be Elliot, Lizzie was close to becoming Baltazar and Sam would have… Read more »

Name that bike

Name that bike

My husband offered to go to the supermarket the other day while I was busy with the cleaning. It was probably because it was a gorgeous day and he could take the long way round on his motorbike. As far as weekend chores go, it was most definitely the better option, but hey, any help… Read more »

Why is the sky blue

Why is the sky blue?

“Why is the sky blue?” “Why do the birds sing?” “Why is the hot water hot?” “Where do tulips come from?” My six year old just won’t stop. And when in doubt what to say, he just says: “What happened?” or “What is that?” It starts around 6:30 am and finishes at 7:30, and he has… Read more »

Swimming to riches

Swimming to riches

Forget going to law school or training to be a doctor, you can earn a fortune by working in the public swimming pools in Switzerland. I recently signed my six-year old up for private swimming lessons and it is costing a monumental 90 Swiss Francs for a 30-minute session ($90 or £63). I would put… Read more »

Death to the domestic goddess

Death to the domestic goddess

Why is it that women, especially mothers, seem to rate each other in terms of their baking skills? School bake sales and birthday parties used to be quite a tame affair—butterfly cakes, maybe a vanilla sponge and some chocolate crispy cakes—but now they resemble more of a bake-off between mothers in an unspoken competition of… Read more »

Russian and cat poo

Why is there Russian cat poo on my computer?

      My six-year old just loves writing stuff on my computer in a Word document. He gets the big letters with the fancy fonts going (I had no idea they even exisited until he showed me). He will pretend to write blog posts for hours at a time. Mainly it is just a… Read more »

Bloody Hell and the art of swearing

Bloody Hell and the art of swearing

Why is it that kids find swearing so cool? I overheard my 13-year old talking to one her friends on the phone the other day and she was swearing like a trooper. Then her six year old brother suddenly came out with “bloody hell!” at dinner. Well he was trying to eat his peas when… Read more »

No chocolate control

No chocolate control

I have no control when it comes to chocolate. At Christmas I have to re-stock my children’s advent calendars several times over as I just can’t help myself sneaking a little chocolate with my morning coffee, and then another to go with my afternoon tea, followed by a little after-dinner treat. Before I know what… Read more »

10 tips for parents of teenage girls

10 tips for parents of teenage girls

With two teenage girls under my roof (16 years and 13 years), I am in total survival mode right now.  Here is a selection of some of the things I have learned over the last few years. Please, if there are any other parents out, do let me know how you are coping. 1.  Don’t be… Read more »

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  • Show me the pocket money

    Show me the “pocket” money

    Do children really need pocket money? Don’t they already have enough stuff without having the power to buy more? Here are 10 reasons why you should be giving your kids pocket money. #1 If you give pocket money, you have the power to take it away, which is pure power to a frazzled mother. Let’s… Read more »

  • If you could change your name

    If you could change your name

    What would you call yourself if you could change your first name? This question came up at dinner last night when we were laughing about what my kids would have been called if they had been the opposite sex. Jade was set to be Elliot, Lizzie was close to becoming Baltazar and Sam would have… Read more »

  • Name that bike

    Name that bike

    My husband offered to go to the supermarket the other day while I was busy with the cleaning. It was probably because it was a gorgeous day and he could take the long way round on his motorbike. As far as weekend chores go, it was most definitely the better option, but hey, any help… Read more »

  • Why is the sky blue

    Why is the sky blue?

    “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do the birds sing?” “Why is the hot water hot?” “Where do tulips come from?” My six year old just won’t stop. And when in doubt what to say, he just says: “What happened?” or “What is that?” It starts around 6:30 am and finishes at 7:30, and he has… Read more »

  • Swimming to riches

    Swimming to riches

    Forget going to law school or training to be a doctor, you can earn a fortune by working in the public swimming pools in Switzerland. I recently signed my six-year old up for private swimming lessons and it is costing a monumental 90 Swiss Francs for a 30-minute session ($90 or £63). I would put… Read more »

  • Death to the domestic goddess

    Death to the domestic goddess

    Why is it that women, especially mothers, seem to rate each other in terms of their baking skills? School bake sales and birthday parties used to be quite a tame affair—butterfly cakes, maybe a vanilla sponge and some chocolate crispy cakes—but now they resemble more of a bake-off between mothers in an unspoken competition of… Read more »

  • Russian and cat poo

    Why is there Russian cat poo on my computer?

          My six-year old just loves writing stuff on my computer in a Word document. He gets the big letters with the fancy fonts going (I had no idea they even exisited until he showed me). He will pretend to write blog posts for hours at a time. Mainly it is just a… Read more »

  • Bloody Hell and the art of swearing

    Bloody Hell and the art of swearing

    Why is it that kids find swearing so cool? I overheard my 13-year old talking to one her friends on the phone the other day and she was swearing like a trooper. Then her six year old brother suddenly came out with “bloody hell!” at dinner. Well he was trying to eat his peas when… Read more »

  • No chocolate control

    No chocolate control

    I have no control when it comes to chocolate. At Christmas I have to re-stock my children’s advent calendars several times over as I just can’t help myself sneaking a little chocolate with my morning coffee, and then another to go with my afternoon tea, followed by a little after-dinner treat. Before I know what… Read more »

  • 10 tips for parents of teenage girls

    10 tips for parents of teenage girls

    With two teenage girls under my roof (16 years and 13 years), I am in total survival mode right now.  Here is a selection of some of the things I have learned over the last few years. Please, if there are any other parents out, do let me know how you are coping. 1.  Don’t be… Read more »