From apprehension to jubilation!

apprehension

Not the greatest photograph, but above you see the face of a child who was not ready to be a school boy on his first day of school. After the greatest of struggles to even get out of the house (and a great deal of sweating and stressing from the mother ship) I took this picture as a last ditch attempt to join in with the series of portraits swamping my newsfeed lately but frankly, there was no way this was ever going to make the cut and the stance and general attitude you see before you is nothing compared to the emotional storm that was brewing away.

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Back from the dead

typing

Hi blogging community. It’s me. I’m still here, even though you could be forgiven for having forgotten I ever existed so long is it since I last laid a finger on my keyboard with intent (no euphemism intended..).

Yes, I think these last few weeks – mostly summer holidays – have been my least blog-friendly ever and this has been my longest time away since I started blogging back in July 2013.

It’s not uncommon though, is it? I know we’re all busy, you know we’ve all been busy – even by normal standards it has been a pretty full on time filled with work, holiday clubs, road trips, days out, play dates, birthdays and family events. For us, there has also been a house move and now the start of school – Year 2 for JJ and Year R for my little EJ.

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The Truth about… #86

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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 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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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 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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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 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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