Removing the Safety Net From Our Children

Mother nature instinctively teaches us to protect our children no matter what the cost, so when it comes to letting our children grow up how easy is it to stand back and remove the safety net that we have carefully placed around them? As parents we are presented…

A Teenager’s Experience of Being In The Cenotaph Parade

My youngest teenager had the honour of participating in the Cenotaph Parade for Remembrance Sunday.  A once in a lifetime opportunity, here are her memories of the day, in her own words. What did it mean to you to take part in the Cenotaph Parade? It was so humbling to be there…

A California Road Trip with Teens – Part One

America and more specifically the West Coast, has been the desired holiday destination of my Teens for some time now, so with both a 50th and an 18th milestone birthday to celebrate we decided to make it a year to remember with a California Road Trip along the Pacific Coast Highway…

What The Teens Said – The Bigger Ones Tag

There are many bloggers tags doing the rounds at the moment and I was mildly amused when the lovely Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu tagged me a couple of weeks ago for the The Bigger Ones Tag instigated by Catie at An Imperfect Mum.   At the time we were…

Teenage Boys, Muscles and Masculinity

Apparently  2016 was the year men became obsessed with their bodies fuelled by a desire for guns of steel and abs to die for and my eldest teenager was no exception. A keen sportsman, he has always been fit and lean.  His father and I are both slight,…

Are You A Bored and Unfulfilled Mother?

Mothers who quit their careers to look after their children will eventually find themselves bored and unfulfilled by full-time parenting.  This is the prophecy of American Samantha Ettus who has previously been lambasted for her stance by mothers on both sides of the Atlantic. It is her belief that…

The Big C – A Personal Story

Twelve years ago my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and told to make the most of the next six months.  She was just shy of her 60th birthday and in cancer years this was considered to be young. My husband and I had just celebrated our marriage…