Child standing on the sidelines of a football pitch with one foot on a ball watching a group of children play

Friends With Benefits

A loud squeal drags me from the story in which I am deeply engrossed. I look over at my child but to my relief it is a squeal of laughter and not an altercation which I am required to referee. My gaze lingers for a moment as I pause briefly to consider if I should …

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Parenting Habits to Quit in the New Year

Like so many parents, I started out with great ambitions of healthy living, educational recreation and firm-but-fair discipline. Ha! I have fought and lost many battles against my daughter in the last two years and gradually she has ground me down, trampling all-over my rules and routines. Looking back over  2017 it is not immediately …

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