The Truth about… #80

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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 finding yourself finally done with primary education to raising a sensitive child; fascinating facts about tea to recognising the end of PND.

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Positivity: to share or not to share?

different reactions

Up to now I’ve had no problem writing and sharing both my positive achievements and my thoughts on positive thinking and how it can help, not just me but, in theory, anyone, to achieve a range of things from a greater sense of well-being to reduced stress, better focus on your goals, acceptance of who you are and what your limitations are, working to your strengths rather than fretting over your weaknesses, etc. etc.

However, two things have made me stop in my tracks and re-consider the wisdom, not of thinking and believing these thoughts, but of sharing them with the world – particularly posts or status updates like memes or inspirational quotes which, rather than being personal reflection, could be taken as some kind of self-help guidance to others.

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Changing the guard

black & white at the palaceJust lately I have begun to notice that six year old JJ seems to be having something of a developmental leap forward. For such a long time now he has been stuck on picture books and the only reading he has done has been his homework (Biff, Chip and Kipper books) from school – often under a bit of duress! However we recently went into a local bookshop together with EJ and I told them each they could pick out whatever book they liked. EJ went standard – Blaze of Glory – a picture book based on the Nickolodeon cartoon character, however JJ picked out his first ever paperback – Supercat vs. The Party Pooper by Jeanne Willis.Supercat

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The Truth about… #79

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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 a dad’s ode to his daughter to the taboo subject of sex during pregnancy; going a bit nutty in your old age to solo parenting.

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Pursuing Happiness…

The Pursuit of Happiness

I am currently reading Ruth Whippman’s book The Pursuit of Happiness (and how it’s making us anxious) and although I haven’t quite reached the end yet I’m finding it fascinating. As a former Happiness Project disciple I have begun to feel thoroughly de-constructed. A pin has most definitely been unceremoniously jabbed into my little Americanised bubble. I say Americanised, but only half of me seems to be have been converted.

Several times throughout the book Whippman points out the marked difference between the British psyche and that of our Atlantic cousins – the former deeply entrenched in *reality* – with a heavy dose of ‘this is all a bit rubbish’ bubbling under the surface, whilst the latter remain perkily upbeat, optimistic and outwardly positive at all times. She remarks on the way in which us Brits have been involved in a huge sea change towards the American way (citing the changes she’s noticed in the things her British friends share on Facebook these days and the fact that we have also been enraptured by the idea of happiness as a goal we can achieve through activities like yoga, meditation and mindfulness).

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The Truth about… #78

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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 parents who travel for work to the best and worst of running a linky; the difficulties of finding reliable childcare to energising with exercise.

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The Truth about… #77

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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 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

blog fail

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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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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