Ode to an only child – is only child syndrome real?

Only child syndrome, is it real- - Bubbablue and me

When I was a child, only children were a mystery to me.  I thought I didn’t really know any.  Because all my friends were mostly 1 of 2 children, with the occasional 4 thrown in.  But it wasn’t until secondary school age when I realised I knew 2.  Yes 2.  One at dancing, and one at school.  None through music or sport, most seemed to have a sibling.  And similar with my brother’s friends.  Even at uni, I knew very… Continue Reading “Ode to an only child – is only child syndrome real?”

Easter Egg hunt at Upton House

Easter egg hunt at Upton House- Bubbablue and me

It’s been a while since I’ve been to our nearby National Trust property, Upton House. And a few years since I took N for a Cadbury easter egg hunt there. The first time we took N’s youngest cousin with us, and this time we invited him along too.  At 8 he’s still willing to look for Easter eggs, and he and N always love being out and about together. With my family membership I could get the nephew in too,… Continue Reading “Easter Egg hunt at Upton House”

A bump on the head / what to watch out for

How to deal with head bumps - Bubbablue and me

The worst thing when your children are at school or nursery, has to be seeing the school office number coming up on your phone.  It’s happened a lot in the past.  At nursery for permission to give calpol and various bumps and scrapes warnings before I turned up and was horrified (well, that one was only once).  And school it seems that a bump on the head is N’s favourite method of injury. In reception year, the school got a… Continue Reading “A bump on the head / what to watch out for”

School Days – run up to Easter

DAisy the cow egg for the school run.

Whoop, it’s the Easter holidays – for N at least. I’ve got another week of work before I’m off.  So this will be the last School Days post for a couple of weeks. Reading books I think N’s getting bored of the books at this level. He still could do with some practice on them – it’s hard to get him to reread books.  But I did catch him reading the David Walliams World Book Day book. I’d say that’s… Continue Reading “School Days – run up to Easter”

What makes a successful playdate

How to have successful playdates - Bubbablue and me

I have to admit we don’t do many playdates. Mainly because I work, so N goes to after school club. And in the holidays is at holiday club or working with the OH would just wouldn’t ‘do’ playdates. He just refuses to take N places. So he just doesn’t get asked by children in the class. Mostly the playdates he has are via his friends who have mums I’m friends with.  His playdates usually become ‘our’ playdates and turn into… Continue Reading “What makes a successful playdate”

Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace

Broader life experiences and a day trip to Blenheim Palace - Bubbablue and me

I’ve said it before, if N could stay on the farm all the time helping out he would. He’d be quite happy trailing his dad around, or his uncle.  And apart from wanting to go on holidays, he would happily forego any days out with me.  Obviously this makes me sad.  I don’t get to spend much time with him as it is being at work and with school, so weekends are precious.  But more than that I want him… Continue Reading “Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace”

School Days – Easter service and baptism

easter chick headdress after school easter service

It’s Sunday again, and it’s come around to the weekly School Days post. I know I found it really useful reading about slightly older children and what they got up to before N started school.  Hopefully others reading continue to find it interesting and helpful to see how different schools do things and what to expect when our children start school. Fundamentals Since half term N was asking to start going to a new after school club.  Our school offers… Continue Reading “School Days – Easter service and baptism”

School Days – school trip and split class

maths homework

After last week’s ‘I can’t be bothered’ with my #SchoolDays post, I’m back this week.  Although following last week and having nothing to write, N is still not being very forthcoming with what he’s been up to.  Instead, I’ve been fuming to various people about his year still being split and movement up (or not).  More on that later. Onto this week’s school days. School trip The highlight of N’s week was of course the school trip.  They went to… Continue Reading “School Days – school trip and split class”

6 year old – all about hugs and kisses, love and hearts

Caring kids and all about hugs and kisses - Bubbablue and me

I loved N at 5 years old, but at 6 he’s coming into his own and really is a loving little boy.  My brother was the same as a boy, really loving and caring with our mum, whereas I always held myself at a bit of a distance, hating hugs and kisses. But N is one of those caring boys.  His generosity with hugs and kisses probably goes further than it should.  Definitely at school with teachers and TAs, with… Continue Reading “6 year old – all about hugs and kisses, love and hearts”

School days – after school clubs

creating his own little book

This week’s school days has been uneventful.  It’s strange because it’s been calmer but N has been much more tired than normal. Add to that a horrible dry cough that comes and goes in the evenings and night, and it’s probably all impacting him and making him tired.  The one thing he’s really excited about is the his school trip in a few weeks.  We’re on countdown. After School clubs Luckily N’s school do lots of lunch time clubs, so… Continue Reading “School days – after school clubs”