School Days – fair awards and star of the week

making up stories for homework

We’ve only had one week back at school since half term, but it’s felt like we’ve been back forever. I think we got the better deal for the weather compared with those off this week, but now it’s getting lighter in the mornings and evenings. Soon Spring will be here. Here’s this week’s School Days. Fair awards and star of the week N is just like me – fair and just. Everything should follow the rules and reward the people… Continue Reading “School Days – fair awards and star of the week”

Friends – the rules for a 6 year old boy

The friendship rules of a 6 year old - Bubbablue and me

Boys are a law unto themselves.  N definitely knows his own mind and he’s gone through life so far, being easy going. So easy going about everything including friends. I find watching him develop and his friendships change really interesting. I so should have been an anthropologist watching people!  He’s always got on well with people.  Probably because he’s pretty even tempered, adapts pretty well and is usually happy to be led. I despaired in the past, because I worried… Continue Reading “Friends – the rules for a 6 year old boy”

School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings

reading books the two bears

Wow, we’re into half term already.  I know many of you aren’t yet, so the #SchoolDays linky will be open for a couple of weeks to capture everyone’s ends of term.  Hopefully those who’re off this week have some nice things planned. This last week of term whizzed by and I think N was surprised by it as well. VIP again Yes, N was VIP again. I think it might have been due to good focused work, but N wasn’t… Continue Reading “School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings”

How to get your child to talk about their day

Grinning and ready to chat about school

I love having a chatty son. N loves to talk (I wonder where he gets that from), although he does pick his moments. Sometimes he’ll be quiet and focused, other times he’ll witter on about nothing. Sometimes I tune it out (naughty mummy) although he does usually notice and pulls me up on it. But there’s always one thing that parents want to know about and not all children are forthcoming about sharing. Their school day (or their day at… Continue Reading “How to get your child to talk about their day”

How to make birthday party planning easier

How to make children's birthday party planning easier - Bubbablue and me

I’m not a party planner. I’ve not even organised that many birthday parties.  I’d probably rather have a smaller get together with friends, but when you have children you can’t get away from holding at least 1 birthday party.  I might moan about organising parties, but given I’m a project manager and love order and logistics, I can certainly share my tips on making party planning easy. I’m focusing on children’s birthday parties, but these tips are easily applicable to… Continue Reading “How to make birthday party planning easier”

The big transition from baby and toddler swimming

What's the big transition from baby swimming to child swimming lessons - Bubbablue and me

I couldn’t imagine not having swum with N from a young age. My own journey with learning to swim was very up and down from age 5 to 7, and the OH isn’t keen on swimming, so I wanted to make sure N was capable of swimming as a child.  We started his lessons at 3 months old along with most of my NCT group in a Water Babies class together. In the 5 1/2 years he’s been to swimming lessons,… Continue Reading “The big transition from baby and toddler swimming”

School Days – VIPs and junk modelling

working out his maths

This week’s School Days post is a little low on insight this week. Damn that N was ill on Sunday and therefore couldn’t be back at school until Tuesday. VIP x2 N was awarded VIP 2 days on the trot this week.  We think for focusing and working hard, but I’m not convinced N was quite sure.  He was very pleased with himself and was quite gutted that he didn’t get it again on Friday.  Although more annoyed that on… Continue Reading “School Days – VIPs and junk modelling”

The birthday interview with a 6 year old

Birthday interview with a 6 year old

Last year I was really impressed with N’s willingness to do one of the ‘interview with’.  He even agreed to do it on camera.  And for the first time I got more out of him than previously.  So I had high hopes that turning 6 years old would provide even more insight into my son. But no.  Although he did agree prior to his birthday that we could do an interview, he then refused to do a video.  And we… Continue Reading “The birthday interview with a 6 year old”

The understatement that is…turning six

The birthday understatement of turning six years old - Bubbablue and me

A child’s birthday should be a big thing for them.  But I think this year, N turning six was more exciting for me than it was for him. Unless he’s just very good at hiding his excitement (unlikely, although he is fairly understated).  Unfortunately he had a bit of a snuffly nose before his birthday weekend, so that might have dampened his excitement. Birthday presents We may as well have not given N any presents. Just a number balloon did… Continue Reading “The understatement that is…turning six”

School Days – football conversion and PDSA

working out maths and money - Bubbablue and me

It’s been a bit of a ‘nothing’ week for School Days. Just another week and N hasn’t been forthcoming with his commentary on his days.  The biggest thing was going as a 6 year old. He didn’t want to be 6 and go to school.  Thankfully Monday came and went with no problems. VIP N came home with his first VIP sticker in ages. His house team are lagging behind the other 3 teams, so I think they need a… Continue Reading “School Days – football conversion and PDSA”