• Sibling Rivalry

    My children argue.  Like many other sibling pairs, they will argue about anything and everything. In between times, they like to shock me by playing beautifully together and appearing to be inseparable siblings who love each other and enjoy one another's company, but the rest of the time they argue.  They argue about who gets up with me in the mornings on their own; about whose turn it is to sit in the front of the car; about whether Faith is permitted to observe Ana's archery session; or if Ana is allowed to watch the tennis tournament on Southsea seafront when, by rights, tennis 'belongs' to Faith. Literally anything can be turned into a source of conflict.  During this summer holiday however, I found myself having to arbitrate one of the more irrational and frankly ridiculous examples of sibling rivalry and jealousy exhibited by my offspring: Clarke 'v' Clarke in....
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  • Time to be.

    I love my job as a teacher: it's engaging, challenging and often fun.....but it's simultaneously exhausting and all-consuming and, when you add in the rush and noise of family life,....
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  • Getting it right (sometimes).

    The summer holidays are now in full swing and our family have been busy filling our days with activity.  Of course the sound of my children moaning, arguing, complaining and....
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  • Casual sexism: why fight it?

    I am a big fan of humanity. I love nothing more than watching documentaries or news items which demonstrate the human capacity for kindness, generosity and empathy: they fill me....
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  • What a difference a year makes

    I have been slightly off Facebook recently (having deleted the app off my phone in a half-hearted Lenten attempt to reduce my phone use) and thus, it was only this....
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