The Truth about… #77

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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 high heels to wanderlust; Brexit (with a 7 year old) to the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park (a guide to the big five).

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Blogging: taking stock

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For quite some time now I’ve got used to the idea that blogging is not a central part of my life any more. I no longer, eat, sleep, breathe in the blogosphere, planning posts, framing moments in time, taking a camera everywhere so as to prepare my next post’s illustrations and tailoring my life’s moments to fit in with this or that linky.

I seem to have naturally fallen into a routine whereby I write just one original post a week and, along with my own “Truth about…” linky, that is all that I publish on any given week.

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The truth about… #76

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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 the changing face of Mothercare to extending our children’s joy of learning outside the classroom; only child syndrome to the gay lexicon.

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Creating a tailored reward chart

Reward chart finished article!

For a while now I’ve been thinking about the best way to encourage my kids to move to the next level with their behaviour and the way they think and act. To be fair to them (particularly JJ who is obviously no longer a threenager), they are generally good boys and can be sweet, loving and thoughtful. However we do have plenty of meltdowns – often when tiredness or hunger kick in, but there are certain issues which do come up time and again and it can be really hard to negotiate with a small child when they decide to be stubborn!

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The Truth about… #75

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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 the rights and wrongs of baking a good pavlova to wage wars for working dads (vs. women & stay at home dads); eBay bugbears to tips for newbie school parents whose children will be starting Reception year come September.

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What I learned this weekend

Woodland gardens

For the first time in quite a few weeks I spent the weekend alone. I say alone – actually, child-free. It seems to have crept up on me, this little oasis of free time, to the extent that I’ve found myself completely without a plan. Being without a plan kind of unnerves me, I have to say.

So what did I do with myself? It feels like I have done very little and again that feels like a bad thing.

I took myself for a coffee and went and treated myself to a Pepperberry clothes shop and bought a dress which actually fits.

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The Truth about… #74

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Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to all my lovely linkers last week who were so understanding about my general flakiness – I can promise that I did read every single one of your posts and I’m really lucky to have such a great bunch of people in my little TTA tribe!

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Finding time to get some perspective

positivityMy aim in life is always to be as zen as I possibly can, take things calmly in my stride and be the voice of reason. Just lately, however, I have had a really hard time maintaining that feeling of inner peace and reason. Certain parts of my life have been really hard to handle, hard to get my head around, but in the back of my mind, like the buzzing of a dying wasp, is this really strong sense that I need to count my blessings.

The trouble with counting blessings is that you kind of need to have the headspace to step back from the damaging central core of what’s going on right now in order to be able to make that list. I feel like I’ve been getting into a negative downwards spiral which is exacerbated by feeling over-whelmed by the exhausting nature of full on parental responsibility.

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The Truth about… #73

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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 the pains of co-sleeping to coming to terms with a debilitating illness; the changing face of kids parties over the years to stress, anxiety and ways to improve mental health in general.

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Search for the hero

batman do the right thing

Sometimes in life s**t happens. Maybe it was your fault, wholly or partly, maybe it was out of your hands and beyond your control. Maybe you are left feeling bitter and want to lash out and blame someone else, or maybe you genuinely are the victim of circumstance. You might find yourself going through the stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining and depression before finally reaching acceptance. During the early stages of this process you might try to put a fence around yourself – focus on the blame, attempt to punish the perceived culprit, seize back control of how your life will be.

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