LL Shorts: Worldschooling

I love London, I think it’s a great place to bring up children. Little Londoners was born out my desire to share all the amazing and affordable activities my hometown has to offer families. However, hitting rock bottom made me realise that something needed to change. I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to change our education…

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What does it mean to LOOK like a boy?

“If you’re so into gender neutral everything, then why do you care if people call your children girls or boys?” Is probably what you’re thinking if you’re reading this and know my stance on gender neutral parenting (HINT: it’s a good thing). So what does gender neutral parenting mean to me? Some wrongly assume it…

Please, don’t touch my child! He kicks.

Dear ‘people that think children are public property’, I’m not sure if you got the memo, but if you didn’t, I just wanted to let you know: it is not okay to touch another person without their consent, even if they are a child – children are people too. There seems to be a select…

Elves, Shelves and Hypocrites

It’s that time of year when a creepy little doll arrives in many homes, while parents across the country think of different scenarios to place it in during the lead up to Christmas. Buddy arrived to our home last year, dressed in green, antics given up on before the first week was up. Everywhere I…

Red card, Green card

Behaviour management systems in school, W (4) has told me is school operate the red card, green card system. I can help but wonder “…Will it be a realistic preparation for life after school, working on the assumption that the red cards of today will dictate the path a child will take? I don’t know, while I understand the need for behaviour and classroom management, I wonder if there are more fluid approaches and methods available?”

What behaviour system does your child’s school, or do you as an educator employ?

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Mummy’s Not OK

To my children, I love you. I love you to the moon and back, I love you to the end of space and time. I wish everyday could be our best day together. But it’s not everyday I can take you on an adventure to explore a little known corner of our city, or to…

Does going on holiday without my children make me a bad mother? 

You may have recently read the Daily Mail (I know, I know!) article about the families that bring their nanny on holiday with them so that they can have a stress-free holiday, the children have fun and everybody is happy. Not according to the readers, some of the comments that I saw were in the region…

London Underground 

I recently shared a photograph of my children on the tube after a unpleasant experience which prompted me to ask the question “Was I wrong to ask for a seat for my children?”. I received a mix of responses, a few inferring neglectful parenting and assuming that I am somebody with an attitude problem raising…

Father’s Day In A Single Parent Household

I remember Father’s Day growing up, we often made some sort of ‘craft’ to bring home to dad and mum would get our photo taken to be stuck on one of those popular (at the time) ‘World’s Best Dad’ musical mugs. As we got older, we were able to tailor our gifts towards his actual…

Mum vs. Kids – Sick Day

This morning I woke up feeling unwell. As a mum I don’t get to have a day off even though I just wanted to spend all day in bed, especially as a single parent. I realised that my sick days are very different to the boys sick days! Morning Gentle wake up for the children,…

New Beginnings

When I left my ex and moved back to London, W was still an only child, we had a few more weeks left until B would join us. I took him to Greenwich Park, I wanted him to experience the park that had been a large part of my childhood. I took this photo of…