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Compulsory Education Checks for Two-Year-Olds

According to The Telegraph children may soon undergo compulsory development assessments. Great idea, but a closer look at the plans reveals that all is not as rosy as it seems. At present the Early Years

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When your child gets lost…

It is one of those moments when time stays still. You look up from what you are doing and notice that your child is not there. He was there just a minute ago, you look

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Do the children of writers have a right to privacy?

This morning on Twitter, the writer Jenny Colgan linked to this story in the Daily Mail. Supposedly an article on how even young girls suffer from self-doubt and trying to live up to an unreachable

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Legal Access for Grandparents – Good or Bad?

According to today’s press, the legal rights of grandparents may be strengthened in the future. The Telegraph reports that the commission set up to review family law is recommending sweeping changes. One of these is that grandparents

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Feverish Child – What To Do?

First. Don’t panic. The first time that my daughter had a high temperature, she was only 12 weeks old. We hotfooted it to A&E as it was clear that she was quite ill, she was

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Do you have a Lego-Whoosher?

Ok. It is half-term. He is bored as his sister has been ill this week so we have been stuck at home. My son is a Lego-Whoosher. First, he builds a lego airplane, that I

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Are Mums Better Parents Than Dads?

Or is it a myth? Do we women have “mother’s instinct” that makes us better parents, are we more able to anticipate the wishes and problems that our children may have?  Are men just as

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Home Alone – Bringing up independent and confident children

There was a shocking story in the news this week – about a woman who left her 14 year old in charge of her 3 year old while she popped out for 30 minutes. There

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“I have Bless You on my Cardigan”

When my daughter was about two years old, she had a bad cold. After several days of sneezing and snot, she was grumpy and irritable. She sneezed noisily then started sobbing. It took me a

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PAPA! PAPA! TOBEN!

This cry rang through my house just moments ago. Toben is a German word and means to play, roughhouse, romp – in our house it means that the children and their father chase, tickle, shout,

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Exiting the Mummy Cocoon

We had a Halloween Party yesterday and when speaking to the other mothers we discovered something that we all had in common. Approximately 2 – 3 years after the birth of our children we emerged

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Would you post a picture of your Mummy Tummy on the Internet?

Urgh. Am I the only one who hates the “Mummy” tag? Slummymummy, Yummymummy, Mummyblogger and now Mummytummy. The Mummytummy discussion is hot at the moment, due to the magic cream that supposedly gets rid of

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How To Survive The Summer Holidays without resorting to G&Ts at 10am

When you have two small children, the Argh-Factor can be rather high. Especially during the summer holidays. I will admit to being a bit spoilt, during term-time I have a lot of freedom to do

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Riding into a new phase of life

Recently I sold my Mummy Bike. It was bought when my son was just over a year, complete with bike seat and basket. At that time we were living in a small town not far

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Happy Mothering Sunday

It is Mothering Sunday today, although we are not really celebrating it. Having spent the last 18 years abroad, all of my Mother’s Days have been celebrated on a different day. It is getting very

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Homework – and why parents should get a free bottle of wine with their children’s homework assignments

We did homework today. Les doigts de pieds s’appellent: a. les oreilles b. les orteils DD: I don’t understand ME: what are the doigts? DD: fingers ME: good. What are the pieds? DD: feet. ME:

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Creativity in education

While reading this blog I stumbled across a speech by Sir Ken Robinson that I first heard a few years ago at a conference. The audience at the conference, teachers of English as a foreign

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Kind old ladies, aren’t they just lovely?

I recently took the children to Manor in Vesenaz to buy a comic each. They hummed and hawed and the old lady who works in the newsagent came over. I was worried that she would

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You Can’t Take them Anywhere

Son caught in the act by daughter using my mobile phone. Yesterday we were invited to husband’s colleagues house for Kaffee und Kuchen and in that time DS managed to terrorise our dog, draw on

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Papa’s new career…

… as a hairdresser since son does not like going to the salon  

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Wackelzahnkinder

As I have posted, DD was soooo excited to finally be a Wackelzahnkind. She spent ages wobbling it back and forth, hoping it would fall out. We went out for a meal with Oma and

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Shameless Mummy-Boast

DD had the results of her first test in school, Evaluation de Mathematique. We were delighted to see that she got 37 out of a possible 41 points. Considering that she has only been at

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DD hat ein Wackelzahn…

… endlich! In Germany the wobbling of the first tooth tends to coincide with the start of school, so it is an important rite of passage. They call the pre-schoolers the “Die Wackelzahnkinder”. DD has

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