Opinions: Are the school summer holidays too long?

Every year there’s an outcry from critics about the length of school summer holidays. The debate has been rumbling on for years. As far back as the 1970s, education pundits and politicians have been advocating the idea of a four or five-term year. Back in 2012, Sir Greg Martin (former head of Durand Academy in South London) wrote that ‘school holidays…

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If Money were no Object, this is what I’d change

If I won a substantial amount of money somehow these are the five small changes I would make… Every day I would wear new knickers, and if it was a sock-wearing sort of day new socks too. There is nothing quite like the feeling of pulling on new underwear! I appreciate this is fairly wasteful in the grand scheme of…

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Things I used to believe when I was a kid

Some of the things Athena comes out with make me chuckle, and then wonder what I used to think about things at her age. I remember thinking a few odd things when I was a kid so thought I’d share some of them The world was black and white until colour was invented See my parents used to have a…

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Things That Make Me Irrationally Angry On Social Media

I am a person that is easily annoyed, though thankfully not easily too offended. I often see things and think NOOOOOOO!!!! Now I’ve got to the rip of old age of 33 (I know right, don’t look a day over 21!) I have just started to unfollow or mute these occurrences when I see them. But I am interested to…

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Would I terminate a pregnancy with a Downs Syndrome baby?

I, like many parents I expect, watched Sally Phillips last night on BBC’s A World without Downs. I had heard her chatting on the Scummie Mummies podcast a couple of weeks ago about her family life and the program, and why she wanted to make it. Sally has three sons, one of whom, Olly, has Downs Syndrome. The aim of…

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Compliments and Acceptance

How many times has somebody paid you a compliment in the last month or so? Said your hair looked nice, that you’ve lost weight or that your outfit really suits you? Maybe they’ve told you you’re coping really well with being a mum or said a meal you’ve cooked was delicious? Now think about how many times you’ve replied with…

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Reflecting on a year of being a mum of two, or “for …

I’ve been a ‘mother of two’ for just over a year now, and amazingly have managed to keep everyone alive, health(ish) and happy (mostly). I can’t say it’s been a breeze, because some days it’s been really bloody difficult. My top three sentences in the last year have been:

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Room 101: Blogging

There are a few things about blogging that I’d love to stick into Room 101 never to be seen again. These are things that annoy me as a blog reader…

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