Back to School Blues

  Sharpening his pencils; ironing his clothes. Wishing it would slow down – how fast the time all goes. Packing up his schoolbag; new shoes up a size. Seeing that he’s growing – mammy wipes her eyes. Every year he’s moving, another step away. Feels his hands in hers now – he’s still a child…

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The School Bag

The School Bag A new school bag He’s forced to own Such a drag Choices thrown Hauling behind A weight on back The daily grind His worries stack World on shoulders Pressure is high He carries boulders So cannot fly A bag of work and evenings in Where failures lurk It’s wearing thin No longer…

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World Book Day

  Oh Joy, it’s World Book Day! Fun to see them fancy dressed. Characters from books of course and hand-made is for the best!   We’ve been planning for a month and he’s read the complete book. Delighted with the outcome – got the ideal novel look.   Hope the others make an effort; sick…

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(Un)helpful Advice

    I have friends with children who often come across overly-critical relatives/friends/random folk in shops,  who believe their advice is best.  I’m sure those people mean well, but many friends have felt like failures because they feel they aren’t doing the parenting thing right.  Here is a poem to reflect this scenario:   No bottles love, the…

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Bully

You think it’s fine to punch and slap and kick and spit? You feel like such a big man. Hard as nails – I get it.   He didn’t want to fight. Scared and frozen to the spot. You went back to get some more; big tough guy – he’s distraught.   I taught him…

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The Hopeful Fairy

A sweet Christmas fairy poem about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. We all know that anyway.  Don’t we?   Stuck in a storeroom. Stuck in a box. Stuck with these baubles – and nobody talks.   She wants to be shiny. She wants to be seen. She wants a fine dress –…

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When Superheroes Ruled

A group of 5 year old girls told me they can’t be doctors. They would have to be nurses instead if they wanted to work in a hospital. When I questioned this, they said there are jobs for boys and different ones for girls. Even after reminding them that my female friend is a doctor…

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Rubbish Brain

A recent conversation with a fellow blogger http://kindergartenknowledge.com/  had me thinking about the pressure young children are under at school.  As a previous school teacher, she found this pressure difficult for both the teachers and young students. I thought about how a 7 year might feel when being asked to sit exams. I live in Scotland so my child…

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None of Your Business

When you’ve had enough of people asking about your family planning!   Warning: There may be emotional triggers, related to fertility and loss Well Meaning Questions You don’t have a baby! How can that be? Surely you want one, you’re a woman, you see.   You can give birth and therefore you should. You’ll feel…

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