Teaching kids to love reading

Learning to Love Jane Eyre

Last night, my 9 year old daughter was chatting with us about the books she just finished reading and how she enjoyed it. I was suitably impressed when she said she finished Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes. She even managed to tell me a bit of the story which got me interested. Not bad for…

Caught on Camera

Aside from writing I also love taking pictures. Not that I’m any good at it but with digital cameras, I don’t have to spend loads of money on developing daft images. Naturally, my favourite subjects are my kids. Here are some of my favourite pictures I’ve taken. I’ve chosen them, not because they are great…

The Demons of Motherhood

    When I gave birth to my first born nine years ago, it seems that I gave birth to two demons in my head too: guilt and worry. Since then, I seem to be spending my time chasing them away with my big stick but to no avail. Yes, maternal guilt and worry are…

Television Is Not Evil

Complain about your favourite children’s TV programme or mention children and television together in the news and you will get comments like these: “turn the telly off, and get your fat children out in the air making mud pies and climbing trees and generally being children, the streets are not occupied by perverts and people…

A letter to my son

Dear Son, I just want to tell you how much I love you. Your laughter brings sunshine into my heart even during the stormiest weather. When I see you playing so nicely with your big sister, my heart swells with pride and joy. And I pray that you’ll grow up still loving each other because…

Mummy Hurts Too

You know when you’re a Mum; you’re expected to be strong, to always understand, to care and to love. But sometimes, even Mums hurt too. We can only take enough rejections. Even if we smile, deep inside we hurt when hear someone who we never met before exclaims “oh, your daughter is just a Daddy’s…