• Top tips: how to master the art of beach changing.

    If you've ever come out of the sea and realised that - gorgeously sunny though it might be - this British sun is never going to dry your swimming costume enough for you to comfortably put your clothes back on over it, then you need this handy guide to changing seamlessly back into your dry(ish) clothes: 1)  Make sure you are in a highly public position on the beach visible from miles in every direction. 2) Ensure your towel is a little bit too small and so soggy as to be entirely useless as a drying implement. 3) When you realise that taking your wet tankini top off one handed is going to be an impossibility, try to enlist the assistance of your 'sensible, practical, helpful' 12 year old. 4) Realise very quickly that: (a) This manoeuvre will involve more exposure than is warranted, even with the current 'under boob'....
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  • The story of my life

    It was my birthday yesterday and I realised, once again, that birthdays as a parent can be a little less about sitting back while people are unfailingly nice to you,....
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  • I love you more than life itself

    As I was leaving the house to go to work the other day, my eldest daughter, Ana, called out to me “I love you more than life itself!”.   Rushing to....
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  • 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....
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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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