Living Arrows – 5/52

I’m a little bit late to the party with Living Arrows, but one thing I promised myself I would do this year is make more of an effort to take some decent photos of Little O with the “proper” camera rather than just with my iPhone. I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about what exactly our camera can do, and also need to work on not blinding my son with the flash, but I think I managed to get a couple of good shots of him this weekend. These are a few of my favourites:

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Love The Little Things #5

It’s been a pretty good week so far. Lots of lovely family time and a few more steps taken to hopefully increase our family. This is what we’ve been enjoying: Read Other than reading Little O his bedtime story I’ve hardly read at all this week. We’ve been reading an old favourite of ours which was bought as a present from a friend of mine when O was born. It’s a another Julia Donaldson book, Rabbits Nap. A lovely story that’s quite short, so perfect for when he’s sleepy and wants to head straight off to dreamland. Watched The new…

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What happened to letting kids be kids?

Another day, another new idea about how to improve education. Paul Kirby, an ex government adviser, thinks school days should be 8:30am until 6pm and for 45 weeks a year. In his opinion, this will be a real vote winner in the next election. As a teacher and a parent I hate this idea from both angles. As a teacher I know how hard that final lesson of the day is. The kids are knackered and are starting to switch off. I don’t blame them, a full day of learning is tiring. I can’t even begin to imagine how they’d…

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Teach Your Kids Some Manners Please!

If I was ever asked what I would put into Room 101 I know what would be top of my list. People with bad manners! Drives me crazy. The people who never say please or thank you, don’t acknowledge that you’ve held a door open for them and then, in return, would let it slam in your face (usually when you are weighed down with bags, and barely a spare arm). Don’t even get me started on lack of manners when someone gets behind a wheel! I can feel the anger rising already. Generally, I’m a fairly placid person, but…

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Happiness Is….#spreadalittlehappiness

The happiest day of my my life wasn’t our wedding day, although it runs a pretty close second. It was the day this gorgeous boy came into our lives. I’d worried about what sort of mum I would be. As a teacher I was used to dealing with teenagers on a daily basis but I’d never been great with younger kids and I worried I’d be at a bit of a loss when this little man arrived. From the second that O was put into my arms those worries evaporated. I have to admit I never felt that rush of…

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