Two hundred and four: Learning from Mistakes

Two hundred and four: Learning from Mistakes
For the last few days, my daughter has been proudly telling me that she knows how to write the number two hundred and four. Considering she’s not even five years old yet, I thought that was quite impressive, and congratulated her aptly every time she mentioned it. And she mentioned it a lot. I didn’t ...

After 7 years

After 7 years
This week Iain and I celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary It’s been a truly fantastic seven years, and it has changed us, the way we do life, and the way we communicate. Anyone who knows us will know that we are not shy about being expressive and affectionate with each other, and with our daughter. ...

From demanding whiner to proud achiever in 4 minutes (at Cameron House Nursery School)

From demanding whiner to proud achiever in 4 minutes (at Cameron House Nursery School)
Last Thursday was my daughter’s last day at Cameron House Nursery School. It seems like only last week that I took her for her first day there. So much has changed since that day. She is taller, more articulate, 100% toilet trained, able to count to 100, add, subtract, read several words and write lots ...

Anchoring: Why I like Norah Jones

Anchoring: Why I like Norah Jones
I was sitting having a quiet relaxing coffee, with iTunes on shuffle, when the sweet familiar voice of a certain Ms Jones came on. I instantly started to feel deeply happy, surrounded by a cloud of comfort, confidence and quiet excitement. Within seconds of recognising and enjoying these feelings, my brain automatically asked its favourite ...

Pink and yellow butterfly

Pink and yellow butterfly
Has anyone else been driven to desperation by their kid? I’m talking about the kind of desperation where you end up feeling like you need to be in a dark silent room for at least an hour, in order to recover. The kind of desperation that is brought on by a tantrum of humongous proportions. ...