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?”

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”

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”

An unplanned playground visit for Mother’s Day

We seem to be getting to know parks near us really well.  N loves them, and is putting his foot down about simply going to the park rather than to somewhere with more to see and do.  For Mother’s Day, I’d suggested we go to Blenheim – no.  Then somewhere in Stratford – no.  But the park in Stratford upon Avon was requested instead. With a promise of lunch out and an ice cream, N was in agreement that he… Continue Reading “An unplanned playground visit for Mother’s Day”

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”

School Days – World Book Day and pancakes

pancake race ready

Another week, another end of February and that meant a busy week at school with not only pancake day and World Book Day.  N has mixed views on both although anything involving food is going to win with him. Onto this week’s School Days goings on. World Book Day N loves books, he loves stories (as long as someone else is telling them to him), and he likes the activities they have around World Book Day. But dressing up doesn’t… Continue Reading “School Days – World Book Day and pancakes”

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”

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”