Are we there yet? 10 ways to deal with school holiday boredom.

Seven weeks down. One to go. Summer holidays are nearly over. You can probably hear the cries of 'Thanks God!' from parents everywhere. How do you plan for extended school holiday breaks? Are you a militant scheduler of family-friendly activities, or do you prescribe to the 'boredom creates initiative' method? I've adopted a bit of half/half. We've had two weeks of … [Read more...]

It’s time for THE talk. S.E.X. Already?

It was an ambush plain and simple. There we were, enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Quality family time and all that. Mr Bean and I were reading books. The youngest was diligently doing his word revision and the eldest, who I have to nag ad nauseam to read finally conceded and picked up a book. But not just any book, he opened his school DICKtionary ... as he likes … [Read more...]

Meet the tattoo artist with no tatts

During our family holiday at the beach recently I took an unofficial watching poll of passers-by. By the end of my half hour of people watching I came to the conclusion I am the only person alive who doesn't have a tattoo. Okay I exaggerate, but seriously body ink is everywhere. And yes I do mean EVERYwhere. I still remember being told years ago by a friend's police officer … [Read more...]

Doing Disneyland AND staying sane

MY husband made the fatal mistake of mentioning the D word in front of the kids. We were planning a holiday to America and he asked, ‘Shall we take the boys to Disneyland?’ With that our fate was sealed. The boys’ reaction was immediate. ‘YES!! Dad!!!’ they declared, running around the house chanting, ‘We’re going to Disneyland. We’re going to Disneyland.’ Decision made. … [Read more...]