I don’t know if it’s because we’re in Singapore for Christmas. Or if it’s because we’re avoiding the deluge of nursery and school festive crafts. But I’m REALLY up for getting a little more creative, and thoughtful, this year with the kiddies in the countdown to Christmas. And I know November is EARLY to start cracking out the red, green and sparkles but accounting for international shipping dates, the entire Christmas process has had to be brought forward. But I absolutely love this time of year, so no complaints here! If you have young(ish) kids and want to send something…

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In August I was FULL of it. Literally, I quote myself when I say “I think homeschooling might work out better for us this year” (from this blog post). Two months down the line, and the first half of the first term of this school year done and guess what? It’s not working out better for us this year. It’s going okay. But only okay. The kid are happy (the last words muttered by every parent on the edge of sanity). And to be fair to myself, they do seem to be learning something. Not necessarily what I set out…

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Self Love noun the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness   As parents we spend a large amount of time teaching our children the fundamental building blocks of healthy relationships. From kindness and compassion, to forgiveness and resilience. I’ve joked before that the ultimate aim of parenting is “a happy, balanced, confident child who knows their arse from their elbow and won’t grow up to cause world war three”. Jokes aside, a happy, balanced, confident child is the main aim of the game here. But even with all our blessings in life – our education, inherent privilege and good…

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I’m not homesick exactly. But this week the reality of what life in the UK would have entailed has been inescapable. For this week, had we remained in the UK, Clara would be starting school. And I’m not sad that she isn’t exactly. It’s not that simple. I don’t wish we were back there either. But there’s something about watching the lives of her little friends back home moving on to school that feels like the chasm of distance is widening more. Even if we weren’t going down the home schooling route, Clara would still be in pre-school here. And…

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  Planning a schedule for homeschooling can feel completely overwhelming. I know. I didn’t make a plan last year, I winged it from day to day, week to week. And it really showed. This year I have a new found determination not to fail at the first hurdle and to actually take control of the homeschooling situation. For this to be a success however, planning ahead is vital.   Decide On Your Schedule Honestly I cannot emphasise this point enough. I made a huge error last year in not deciding on a schedule and implementing it. Trust me, you need…

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