Ideas for keeping positive during tough times

A lady holding a plant looking happy and positive

We all certainly know that times are tough right now, but that makes it more important than ever to maintain good mental health. An important aspect of this is to keep positive and do things which make you laugh and feel good. Keeping positive First of all, it is important not to over think things and worry too much about things that may not even happen. For example, when the news broke that the schools in England would be closing,[Read more]

So Alone Poem

Man sitting alone in black and white

Many years ago I tried my hand at poetry. I am by no means a proper poet, but as today is World Poetry Day, I thought that I would share my favourite poem from those that I have written. ‘So Alone’ poem was written when I was unwell with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I truly understood loneliness. I think that it is relatable to many. Just a note to say that I am much better than I was when |[Read more]

How much screen time is too much?

Two young boys sitting on some steps both staring at their mobile phones. Young girl in background also staring at her mobile phone

How much screen time is too much, is something that has been on my mind a lot lately in regards to my daughter and also for myself too! We are now coming up to a year of homeschooling. Over that year Faith has had many more opportunities to spend time on her phone or watch TV than before and it really started to worry me. Then in the lead up to Christmas, an advert came on TV which said ‘if[Read more]

Teaching Kids To Be Calm Around Animals

Little girl sitting in a field with two goats. She is keeping calm around the animals and has her arm stretched out feeding one of the goats

It can be very easy to upset a child with an animal. Dogs are often boisterous and loud, and cats can be very independent and scratchy. Hamsters are small and might not retain a child’s attention. Snakes can be exotic animals for most ages, children and adults alike! Of course, not every kid is going to cry or scream when confronted with an animal that wants their attention (or doesn’t, in some cases), but it is often a common worry[Read more]

Thinking About Divorce When You Have Children

Divorce certificate being cut with scissors

.If you’re a parent and thinking about divorce, you will probably wonder what age is going to be best for the kids. There is most definitely not a magic number when it comes to defining the right age for kids. Although age is a valid consideration, there is no age that makes them more resilient. There are still other factors that should be considered too.  Have a look below at some of the factor you should be keeping in mind[Read more]

How to Make Friends as an Adult

Adult friends sitting in the woods having a picnic with their dog

Making friends as an adult is something that I have struggled with a lot in my life and in fact, I still do. Regular blog readers will know how complex I find this area to be. I think that it is really difficult if you do not learn those social skills as a child and even harder if you work from home or are a stay at home mum, as your opportunities to meet people are so much more limited.[Read more]

Diverse Debate – Racism

Four people holding speech bubbles

Racism within the UK I grew up in a small village in the 1980’s which consisted of only white British people. As a young child, the only people I had ever seen who were not white British were on TV. At my high school, my whole year group were white British. I think that there were probably less than ten children in a school of around a thousand who were from an ethnic minority.  I remember asking my mum why a[Read more]

5 tips for when you need money fast

Family life often has its challenges and family finances are one of the biggest challenges for us. Especially as we have lived most of our lives on only one wage, as I was either a stay at home mum, ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or a student. Many of us do not have the capacity to save money for emergencies, as it is hard making the bills each month and there is always something to pay out for, so when[Read more]

A letter to my school bullies

Dear school bullies I wonder if you even think about or remember how cruel you were to me when we were in high school? I wonder if you realise the long-term impact that your actions and words have had on my whole life and if you even care? Well, I remember. I was always a quiet child and when I started high school I had come from a tiny village primary school. My primary school had a total of 52[Read more]