You Want an Easy Teenager? Be Careful What You Say Then.

I have a relationship with another parent. I get to see another parent, from another separate unit, at close range. This other parent, my single-dad-romantic-interest of the past few years, has four daughters.  Three teenagers and one in her early twenties. This man had his children while he was very young; he is not an academic, a teacher, a social worker,…

Have You Thought About How Damaging Your Daughter’s School Uniform Might be?

  I’ve got a real thing about school uniform.  There are many obvious reasons why I support uniform in schools; the levelling of social and financial status through the egality of the same clothes, the frantic morning decision being removed from children and therefore the stress of ‘competition’ too,  and the sanctuary from ubiquitous advertising emblazoned all over ourselves and…

Is This About to Happen in Your Child’s School?

  Look at all those instruments. What a fantastic lot of resources. Steelpans, trombones, keyboards, clarinets, cymbals –  Imagine the amazing experiences that the kids will create with all that available to them. It’s almost the end of term. Teachers across the land are moving things around, changing rooms, cramming stuff into boxes if they’re lucky enough…

STOP MICRO-MANAGING THE LEGO CARDS!

    This is CRAZY! When did this become the norm? Why are we now completing the kids’ collection albums for them?!! There are posts all over social media about who needs which Lego card, who can swap which card for which, how far people will drive to collect the remaining cards they need and e…

What Jeremy Showed Me About Being a Blogger

I know he looks like a Geography supply teacher. I like Geography supply teachers. I have been around them in staffrooms for years now and they are generally good people. I don’t always read social situations well, I have limited verbal filters and I make clumsy mistakes. There is a strong seam of Asperger’s running through my surname…

Half Term

First Weekend – Bliss Just ‘Mum’, stopped being ‘Miss’ Going away? No.  Me neither. Just having a breather A chance to clean Living the dream! Not going far Must fix the car MUST wash the sheets Plan a few treats Better get to the bank Get some fuel in the tank Has it been payday? Account…

Stop Moaning About Spinners. 5 Reasons Why This Teacher Likes Them.

  I don’t think there can be a single human left in the country who isn’t aware of fidget spinners, the huge number of children buying them, and the growing number of schools banning them. There are national newspapers and teaching union websites devoting half pages to the subject of spinners. Children are walking around town centres flicking…

New Relationship. Same Partner.

I think it’s possible. But you have to have REALLY felt the pain. Both of you.  It breaks you and you have to rebuild yourself.   Then you can meet on the same level. Which is key. No one stronger. Or more in control.   And then it’s not like it was before. It’s far better. But not just because…