Blog: parenting

Locating the ‘off’ switch

We all know the age-old saying that children would rather play with the cardboard box than the actual gift inside and many of us have probably experienced it too. That cardboard box could be the fastest car in the universe or the entrance to a secret underground cave. And for the last few months parents have been subjected to an increasing barrage of adverts about the latest ‘must have’ toy. And while, of course, there is nothing wrong with buying the newest gadgets or fluffiest toys for our children, for many of us it can be something we do whether we cannot afford it or not. So why do we feel such pressure as parents to spend out on the latest craze? How many of us have succumbed and spent more than we should, or can afford this Christmas?... Read more

The power to change lives!

A mum recently told me that she spent months agonising whether to enroll her three year old in a Pyjama Drama class. Her best friend took her child and loved it, her daughter didn't go to preschool on the morning of the class and she was already looking for an activity for them to do together. So why the procrastination? ... Read more

Well spent afternoons

Today we went to our third Pyjama Drama session and boy did we have fun. Every session we went on a different adventure, imagining ourselves away to a circus, a farm and today a jungle inhabited by a dancing dragon. ... Read more

Monday Masterchef - food without the drama!

Welcome to the first of our 'Monday Masterchef' recipes, written by non other than our multi-talented teacher and Masterchef quarter-finalist from Oxford, Sophie Allegretti! For the next four weeks she'll be bringing you her simple, no fuss, child-friendly recipes - food without the drama! ... Read more

Parenting - 1970’s style

My children will never know the pleasures (and freedoms) of my own 1970’s childhood, and after having just lived through a six week summer holiday, I’m beginning to realise that the 1970’s weren’t a bad time to be a parent either.... Read more

The stuff memories are made of

My friend’s son drew her a picture called ‘summer’. It depicts a smiley, happy looking family and, as one would expect, he drew a sun in one corner. It’s really is a lovely drawing, and when and when you take in to account the four rain clouds above the family’s heads and the fact that the mum is holding an umbrella, it’s also pretty well observed. ... Read more

Not my best parenting moment

At seven twenty this morning all three children were sprawled out in bed and refusing to get up. By seven thirty two they had each cleaned their teeth, brushed their hair, packed their school bags, had got dressed and were sitting at the table eating breakfast– at just twelve minutes to get three children ready for school, this is the nearest to a miracle I’ll ever see. Except no mystical force was at work here, just some pretty shoddy parenting.... Read more

Five things I bought for my newborn (and then never used)

The first time I was pregnant I just couldn't wait to get down to Mothercare to stock up on all the things my precious new born would surely need; Moses basket, cot, travel cot, baby seat, car seat, play mat, changing mat,changing bag, highchair, pushchair, bouncy chair, pram, and if you're a parent you'll know that this is just the start. But whilst some of this stuff is obviously useful (if not fairly important) it makes me shudder to think how many things I bought that I really didn't need. So, here are five things I bought when I had my first child (and then never used): ... Read more

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