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Ava, My Favourite Family, Thea, Things I Love

A trying week, with graffiti, nakedness and general destruction

We’ve had a few trying times this week. But they are also kind of funny. So I thought I’d share. I’ll start with Thea. I came home from a meeting to find Ryan scrubbing at the rug in the living room, after she had scribbled over it with luminous yellow and turquoise pen. And added a few pink touches for good measure. He didn’t take a ‘before’ picture, but this is how it looked after half an hour of cleaning:Then yesterday, I discovered that she had ripped  ...

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Ava, My Favourite Family

Just don't mention the 'S' word.

Ava has been very unsettled the past few weeks, breaking down into floods of tears at the drop of a hat (or more likely her little sister scribbling in her colouring book.) It took me a while to realise why (and a bit of help from my mum!) We thought it was probably school and I’ve asked a few times if she’s feeling OK, but she wouldn’t talk about it, and I didn’t want to press her. Well yesterday the floodgates opened, and she told me she doesn’t want to go to  ...

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My Favourite Family

Five home truths from my charming daughters 

I think my girls are trying to tell me something… These conversations have all occurred recently, and are making me reassess some of my lifestyle choices. 1. Scandalised Ava shouts out, “Mum, your BOTTOM’s hanging out!” It’s my muffin top. 2. Two year old Thea innocently asks, “Mummy have you got a baby in your tummy?” I explain that I haven’t. Two days later she comes over, pats my tummy and says, “Can I feel the baby?” 3. Ava  ...

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Ava, My Favourite Family, Thea

Try my argument diffusing technique for kids

My girls are of an age now where they argue. Quite a lot. Ava is the queen of tale-telling, and Thea knows just how to wind her up. After yet another bout of “Thea touched my coins…” and “Ava got my Mousey…” I suddenly remembered a technique my mum used to use on me and my siblings, which we called ‘Nose to Nose’. It’s very simple, which is what makes it so effective. Just get the two (or three, or four) squabbling children to sit or  ...

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