Lately I've considered leaving this blog. A lot. Maybe deleting it or maybe just leaving all the content here, in the hope that maybe at some point it will reach that one person who needs it someday. I can't bring myself to do it. Although I've had next to no time to write or update … Continue reading Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
I hate Mother's Day. There, I said it. It's a combination of the overwhelming anxiety, guilt and obligation that comes with needing to visit my own Mother, who is very ill and can't make use of the token chocolates, bubble baths and flowers the shops offer, and the deeply-embedded guilt I feel at receiving any … Continue reading Mother’s Day.
I'm an adult, I mutter to myself as I wait outside Sprog's classroom to collect her. I'm an adult and I can handle this. It's not helping. I'm an adult, yes, but I'm a young adult, who has to juggle parenting with no childcare and running a home and now, work. An adult who isn't … Continue reading Supermarket Suffering
Half term is here. One weeks off school for the children (and the teachers) to wind down and have a little break. Anyone ever noticed how young children don't seem to understand that half term is a "break"? If anything, I'd say my daughter uses more energy during the week off school. As a single … Continue reading How To Survive Half Term
I've had a lot of trouble with change in the past. Changes to my routines, or lifestyle have often been sudden, huge and difficult to adjust to. Changes like moving house or having a new schedule have sometimes left me anxious and burnt out. I fully accept that, so I'm pretty wary of changing things. … Continue reading Change is Good
You remember my post on "Giant Animals and Absolutes", right? Well I'm about to share with you the second chapter: Giant Animals and Small Businesses. Things have been so great the past few weeks. Sprog has had a few hiccups at school, but what child doesn't? She had a lovely Birthday, her behaviour is good … Continue reading Giant Animals and Small Businesses
What a bizarre Monday it has been. This morning was going really smoothly (something I think we should all be suspicious of on a Monday), as most school mornings have done lately, until about five minutes before we were due to leave. I was cramming my marketing notes into my handbag when Sprog piped up … Continue reading Playground Problems
I need to tell you guys that I have always struggled making friends. Even in primary school my social skills were below average, so much so that the school told my mother they were concerned. My brother, a good ten years after that, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Despite not having been tested, even he … Continue reading Friends: Making Them, Keeping Them, Outgrowing Them
That's right - Sprog is six years old now! Woohoo! Where did the time go? After a month of fretting about overrun package parties and what to buy a six year old, I somehow managed to pull the day of without a hitch. I talked Sprog out of a party, something my nerves and finances … Continue reading Sprog Turns Six!
As some of my regular readers may know, I have no childcare in place. I've never used a childminder or a sitter. I don't have the option of leaving Sprog with my parents. I've just started a new job. So of course, as expected, the dilemma of childcare has come up again. It was already … Continue reading Childcare: The Continued Dilemma