The end of Year 1 / hopes for Year 2

first and last day of year 1

As with N’s reception year, Year 1 has whizzed by.  It’s been a good year for him, and after spending the majority of reception playing, this year he’s got to where he should be for his year group. It just goes to prove that things have to click for them. And eventually it will for pretty much all children. Class structure adjustment N’s year was a little strange in some ways.  In his school, Year 1 children are the only… Continue Reading “The end of Year 1 / hopes for Year 2”

School Days – VIP and fun week

last day of year 1 photo

I think most people’s children have finished school for the summer now.  N finished on Thursday with an inset day on Friday which gave us a lovely 3 free days to prepare for our camping trip. So N has now finished year 1 – the first 2 years have sped by, and I supposed, sadly the next 5 will speed on by even faster. Here’s this week’s School Days. VIP N was pleased to come home on the last day… Continue Reading “School Days – VIP and fun week”

Pizza Express party confidence

birthday party at pizza express - bubbablue and me

In the past N hasn’t been a keen party goer. He’s gone along to some, to others he’s refused.  And there’s always a time beforehand when he says he’s not going. But all parties so far were with lots of other children he knew.  This week, N went to his first party where he didn’t know anyone other than the party boy. It was his old best friend from nursery and he was having a Pizza Express party. N had… Continue Reading “Pizza Express party confidence”

Making friends and growing up with puppies

Making friends with puppies - Bubbablue and me

Being on a farm means there’s lots of animals around.  N is certainly learning how to care for them, everything about them, and an appreciation of them.  But most of the animals are livestock rather than pets.  Even the dogs are working dogs (well, apart from the old or gun shy ones).  But get new puppies on the farm, and it’s like having a pet for the short time before they start training and the OH gets stroppy that we’re… Continue Reading “Making friends and growing up with puppies”

School holiday childcare options

School holiday childcare options - Bubbablue and me

The long summer holidays are almost upon us which brings pleasure for children, and some parents. And horror for other parents. School holidays are when many parents (mostly mums) probably wish they only worked term time or were stay at home parents. For working parents holidays are a different matter. Employed parents probably find it harder with restricted time off. Although for self-employed parents, and even those working at home, there are changes that need to be made if they’re… Continue Reading “School holiday childcare options”

School Days – activity morning and lost coats

outdoor reading

The penultimate week of school and there’s been more going on than I expected. Conversation with N abotu school has decreased, mostly because he’s been struggling to get to sleep in the evenings, so it’s been a case of trying to get him to sleep rather than chatting for ages.  He’s so tired at the moment – 9pm bedtimes and waking early isn’t great, although he has been sleeping in til 7am some days. Unlike me – I’ve been waking… Continue Reading “School Days – activity morning and lost coats”

When kids activities mean more than just activities

kids activities benefits - Bubbablue and me

For a working mum things are a bit strange and detached when your children start school. When I compare my life and interaction with school compared with my mum’s (who was a SAHM until we were secondary school age), it’s so different. I work full time, although compress my hours earlier in the week so I can do 2 normal time drop offs and 1 pick up on a Friday. The rest of the week, N is in morning club… Continue Reading “When kids activities mean more than just activities”

School Days – parents evening and results

outdoor reading

We’re rapidly on countdown with only 2 weeks of school left before summer. It’s come round so quickly and this week has had lots going on on the admin side of school rather than school work. Parents evening Last week reports came home, and this week was parents’ evening.  Usually I have lots to talk about and end up over-running (the joys of opting for the final slot), but this year it was all short and to the point. N’s… Continue Reading “School Days – parents evening and results”

School Days – morning fitness

checking out purple mash

I was always really keen at school, whether work, taking part in clubs – sporting and music, volunteering for things.  But as a parent my role is to ensure N enjoys school, works hard, and does as best as he can. As well as backing up what the teachers are saying, and supporting PTA events. I did think I’d like to be on the PTA but as most of the meetings are during the working day it’s not possible. As… Continue Reading “School Days – morning fitness”

Birds and the bees talks with 6 year olds

Talking to kids about sex education - Bubbablue and me

Talking about the birds and the bees to our children.  Always one of the topics that is sprung on us before we’re ready or prepared for it.  Nowadays children are so much more savvy compared to when we were children. Added to that, they learn about sex education in schools much younger,  so I want to be the one to tell N rather than waiting for him to find out from school. I remember my mum giving me a ‘how… Continue Reading “Birds and the bees talks with 6 year olds”