"I'm sorry but we are looking for someone with less personal commitments" In my real life I'm a freelance Consultant and this is just one of the recent responses I've had in looking for another contract to work alongside my current one. With Miss MIP being settled at school I'm looking to pick up another … Continue reading It’s time to be more flexible
Writing a blog is an outlet for me - it provides a way for me to get things off my chest, share experiences and sometimes have a rant about things that annoy me. I'm very lucky to have the support of my friends and family in writing this blog but every now and then I … Continue reading It’s never ok to be scared……
It's been a rough couple of months at MIP HQ - I started April with 3 Grandparents and finished up May with only 1 remaining. My grandparents have always been a solid feature in my life - when my Grandad passed 10 years ago it was a hard hit and foolishly I expected that I … Continue reading Talking to children about loss
I often have people say to me "ooh I just don't know how you do it" when they see me trying to listen to how my 5 year old got on at school while the 4 year old is screaming and stomping for a jammy dodger and the 2 year old is trying to break … Continue reading The Magic Number – A Guest Blog
Going on holiday as a family is without a doubt lots of fun but there are seven clear stages. Stage 1: Booking This is my first warning - do not tell your tiny human that you are going on holiday any further than two weeks before you leave. We made the enormous error of telling … Continue reading The seven stages of a family holiday
I seem like a pretty average person I think - average intelligence, average looks and just all around average. Maybe a little rounder and a little shorter than average but still an average sort of person. Inside though I'm maybe a little different - my brain isn't always my friend and can change the spirit … Continue reading Anxiety is invisible but very present
We are seeing floods of #metoo stories across social media - the hashtag is being used to give a sense of the sheer number of people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. I use people instead of women very specifically because it would be a huge mistake to assume this is just happening to … Continue reading #metoo
With September fast approaching I've been thinking back on Miss MIP's first term and what I'd do differently with the benefit of hindsight. I put the same question to other parents and got some amazing responses. So here they are - suggestions from parents who have survived the first year of school: Do not send … Continue reading Time for school!
As your children get older you start to return to the things you had to stop doing when they arrived. We've always loved camping but Miss MIP has never been a good sleeper so begrudgingly we had to leave one of our favourite pastimes behind for a few years. Now she is starting to become … Continue reading The Outdoor Adventure and Camping Show – Review
I will not be afraid. I will be proud of the people who ran to help, I will be proud of the police who reacted instantly despite a colleague being attacked, I'll be proud of the ambulance, fire crews and security services who helped when people needed them. I'll be so proud of the people … Continue reading I will not be afraid.