The Truth about… #86

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Last time saw the usual great variety of subject matter proving that speaking the truth can be both beautiful, hilarious, devastating and poignant. There was everything from breastfeeding to several topics relevant to single parents; tantrums to PND.

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Repetition and variation: Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Can you believe that the movie Groundhog Day is now 23 years old? I remember going to see it at the cinema in 1993 with my friend Karen – it was the end of my first year at University and Karen’s year abroad in the UK (from the US). It took a while to get one’s head around the story – I remember my initial reaction being “what was that all about?” – I was hooked on the desire for things to always be properly explained – abstraction, for a while, seemed unacceptable.

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The Truth about… #85

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Last time saw the usual great variety of subject matter proving that speaking the truth can be both beautiful, hilarious, devastating and poignant. There was everything from post-Brexit thoughts to what we share on social media; coincidences and miracles to emetophobia.

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What’s in an age?

Helen mirren - age just a number

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like they are constantly reading things written by people ten or fifteen years younger than themselves bemoaning how middle age is upon them and after that everything must wither and die? Unless there are a lot of people out there who truly believe that they are destined to kick the bucket the day they turn 60 then a lot of people are obsessed with “youth”.

OK, understandable, fair enough, but for me, the benchmark of ‘youth’ is not looking back ten or fifteen years into the past from where I’m at right now, but looking ten, fifteen years into the future.

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Letting go of stress and anxiety

balance in life

I may not be the best person to be making bold statements about such things, a lot of stressful things have happened recently and I haven’t exactly taken everything in my stride, but, as I get older and I spend time reflecting on my own way of reacting to certain things, I realise that I’m actually quite good at keeping the yin and yang in balance and not allowing myself to be swept up in an emotionally charged response to potentially negative news.

I’ve read other people recently talking about certain things – the end of a breastfeeding journey for example – and really agonising over it. I look back at my own experience and I realise that (certainly second time round) when I made a decision to stop breastfeeding that was it. What good is the agonising? The same goes for parent guilt – something most of us feel at some point.

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The Truth about… #84

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Last time saw the usual great variety of subject matter proving that speaking the truth can be both beautiful, hilarious, devastating and poignant. There was everything from birth trauma and it’s after-effects to the enigma of a middle child; co-parenting to a bittersweet goodbye to your child’s first school as they move on up.

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The Hunger Games (for pre-schoolers)

Hunger games (for preschoolers)

As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day a tweet from a fellow blogger caught my eye (and threw it back). Bloody Bing right? Initially I thought that Dave off of The Dadventurer was talking about the search engine but actually he was, of course, referencing the Mark Rylance-endorsed Cbeebies classic all about Bing Bunny. This triggered off a few responses slating other characters we love to hate and I suddenly had this lightbulb moment: what if Bing Bunny was picked for The Hunger Games? He would, of course be up against the likes of Peppa, Topsy and Tim and the Tweenies.

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The Truth about… #83

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Last time saw the usual great variety of subject matter proving that speaking the truth can be both beautiful, hilarious, devastating and poignant. There was everything from blogging and when or whether to keep going to making a tough life decision which puts your child first; the reality of living with Type 1 diabetes to the joys of catching a bus.

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Best bits of 2016 so far

JJ at Natural History Museum

Never let it be said that I would let something momentously bad stop me from attempting to, not only have a good time, but also ensure that my children get to have a good time too.

I seem to recall some time back in late December coming up with a list of things which I would like to be able to achieve during the course of this year. Some of them were things like “read one book a month” or “write X amount of words a month” – basically things that it just wasn’t possible to achieve with all the turmoil that I’ve been dealing with in the interim. Having said that I have managed to read a fair few books – nothing heavy-going certainly but by my standards pretty good all the same!

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The Truth about… #82

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Welcome back to The Truth about.

Last time saw the usual great variety of subject matter proving that speaking the truth can be both beautiful, hilarious, devastating and poignant. There was everything from giving up alcohol to reflections on the BML16 conference; Brexit musings to helicopter parenting.

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