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Dating as a Single Parent – Tales From The Trenches

Who knew I would need to start dating as a single parent? Way back in the dark ages, before child, marriage and divorce, I had a handle on the dating scene. I had the usual assortment of first dates that went nowhere and others that were rather more successful. I didn’t feel like a total dating klutz. Fifteen…

Which Types of Green Vegetables Will He Actually Eat?

We had ‘that’ chat tonight. The big one. The one about which types of green vegetables the reluctant teen will actually eat. It wasn’t the easiest of chats as it’s fair to say he is still of the view that all green food is evil. He knows (or claims to know) about the benefits…

Work from Home with Pets – How to Avoid Sabotage By The Fur People

I love being able to work from home and not having to fight my way through the traffic everyday. It’s economical too, with savings on commuting and the ‘delights’ of the staff canteen. I admit that I do have days when I get a real buzz from being in the office, bouncing ideas off colleagues and…

Quotes on Parenting – Funny, Motivating and Inspirational Quotes

 I love collecting quotes on parenting. They help to keep me just about sane and to remind me that there are millions of other parents out there just trying to do their best for their kids. And some of them just give me a good old belly laugh too! After all, parenting is said to be the hardest job…

Bucket List Ideas – Are You Daring to Live A Full Life Before You Die?

Here’s my list of things that I absolutely will do before I die. It’s my slightly crazy, seriously ambitious, very personal and totally achievable bucket list ideas. I’m actively working through my list and ticking some items off faster than others. The only problem with my bucket list is that I’ll never…

Parenting a Teenager – Keeping Sane with Teen Bingo

Parenting a teenager is wonderful, challenging, rewarding and frustrating all bundled up together If you’re anything like me, there are days that feel weirdly like a cross between Groundhog Day and a game of Teen Bingo. If you have a teenager, you’ll know where I’m coming from. There are phrases you find yourself repeating…

Unusual Baby Names Could Disadvantage Your Child

The trend for unusual baby names shows no sign of slowing down. You only need to read the papers or watch TV to see  the constant stream of ‘celebrities’ (I have such a problem with that term!) wanting to stand out, be newsworthy and saddling their unfortunate offspring with bizarre names they probably won’t be…

Online Parenting Tips – When is it OK to leave a teen home alone?

Online Parenting Tips: Finding Work/Life Balance One of the (many) parenting challenges for the working single parent is the thorny question of ‘when is it OK to leave a teen at home alone?’  What’s reasonable? What’s legal? And most importantly, what’s safe? Like many single parents, I hold down a full-time job, to support…

Start Walking To Lose Weight – 8 Reasons To Walk the Pounds Off!

I started walking to lose weight because I was seriously overweight. After a house move and change of doctor, I was horrified to be weighed as part of my registration appointment and completely mortified when I was told that I was obese with high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. I needed to get moving to shift those excess…

Chores for Kids – Agreeing Age Appropriate Chores

I’ve had ‘that chat’ with my son about chores for kids, as he wasn’t doing regular chores at home. He has always helped out on an ad hoc basis, but life is so much easier now with an agreed schedule. Much less to argue about when he hits those awkward teen years and dividing…