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I was out with my son the other day at a place which he and I both love, and what I’m about to write doesn’t in any way represent what it is usually like, or to be honest, what it was like this time, but this week, my son cut his face. Not seriously, he just landed funny at the bottom of the slide. There was blood and tears, but thankfully it was very superficial. A young boy was also made to cry, because he was scared of the very loud roar which was done right in his face, noses literally touching. A mother was also slapped.

Behind each of these three occurrences was a boy. A boy who refused to get off the bottom of the slide when he finished, causing my son to divert (to be fair you could also argue that my son should have waited!). A boy fronted up to a baby and roared very loudly in his face completely scaring him, and a boy slapped a mum, who politely but firmly told him that we wait our turn to use the climbing frame.

Each time this happened, the boys’ mum laughed, and maintained that ‘that’s what boys his age are like.’ And that was it, end of. This is a mum who I genuinely like as a person, so I felt quite awkward. I wondered if I was over reacting, or if she was right, that all boys are like that, and a bit of rough and tumble is all in a day’s work? Children will be children, I accept that, but if one of mine had made another cry, even if I didn’t think they had done anything ‘wrong’ I like to think I would still address the issue, and try to help them understand why their actions may have upset someone else. They would then have apologised, at least for upsetting the other person, even if it was accidental.

This whole parenting lark’s not getting any easier! I just hope we move in time for my daughter to start school! I guess at the end of the day we just need to remember that we’re all doing a good job. I’m sure we weren’t all brought up the same way yet we’ve all turned out okay!



For Sale…

Dear Estate Agent,

I just wanted to point out a few things. Firstly I think you’re doing a good job, but I’m a music teacher so I’m not sure how much I really know. I don’t know much about football, so my only real gauge as to how good a team is, is if they score the most goals. Yes, my husband will read this and proceed to try and tell me why this is wrong in the same way he did when I criticised a golfer for not getting the ball in the hole. Apparently it was an amazing shot, but I see these things in terms of end product. Apply this to you, my estate agent, and I guess I’ll only think you’re truly amazing, if you convince someone to buy my house from me, and not for £25,000 less than the price you told me it was worth!

What is it with this bartering thing anyway? I just don’t get why we bother to have selling prices to start with if all that’s going to happen is a non expert like me looking round, then deciding what they want to pay, whether it’s because it’s the most they can afford, or because it’s what they think it’s worth. I really want some new UGG boots but I’m not sure the shop will let me walk out with them if I tell them I only have £14 in my bank account.

Also, you’ve seen me, do I look like the kind of person who might know about structural caviats, or who owns which fence in my garden? I can tell you how to accessorise effectively for that homely feel, or where my beautiful lounge curtains are being sold at a bargain price. I’m even willing to share with you and any potential buyers how to balance all those bath toys without knocking them over, but structurally, anything more than blu tack and I’m clueless, sorry.

I can’t fault you on your enthusiasm and coffee making skills, but even after 3 weeks, these viewings are becoming impossible. I have 2 pre school children, whose main hobbies are painting, trying to keep the baking stuff in the bowl with varying degrees of success, and, oh yeah, causing chaos, usually by getting out toys at a ratio of 10:1 in terms of how many I’m frantically trying to tidy away. I feel that I’m letting you down when you turn up every time on one of the three days I’ve asked you to avoid. That time you rang and turned up 20 minutes later, the one where I was in the middle of cooking fish pie for the children, they haven’t been back have they? Or the viewing you forgot to tell me about? No-one, I repeat NO-ONE was EVER supposed to see those pants, the ones that were drying. When you turn up like this, I’m defintiely not helping you to do your job!

So to finish, thank you for all you have been doing, as I said at the start, I think you’re doing a great job, but lovely as it is to know that my house is ‘very very popular,’ the only evidence I feel can prove this is if there are a queue of people fighting over it, no actually perhaps that is ambitious, how about if just one person would like to buy it?! Fingers crossed we can achieve that in the next couple of weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Someone who really wants to be able to buy a new house soon.

It’s a Small World…

Well for once I’ve had a blog holiday because I’ve had an actual holiday! Yes last week, we went en famille to Disneyland Paris, and had the best time ever! It was a very welcome break from the stresses of exams at school, and the whole selling a house and relocating thing, which is taking up quite a bit of time.

We decided to take advantage of the well advertised ‘Kids Go Free’ promotion and booked our break last Christmas. It was May half term, which is also a holiday in France, so it was very busy, but it didn’t spoil our fun! We went primarily for our four year old who is obsessed with Disney Princesses and Fairies. She recently filled in her transition form for when she starts Reception in September, and in answer to the question ‘What would you like to do when you are older?’ she put ‘I would like to be a tooth fairy or marry a Prince!’

We absolutely knew that she would love every minute, but we thought our son at 2, might be a bit young. How wrong we were! He won’t actually remember the experience, but he was so happy and excited throughout our time there, pointing out the castle and more Disney characters than I thought he was aware of at any given opportunity! He really enjoyed all the shows, like Animagique, and Handy Manny, and the rides which told stories, like the Buzz Lightyear ride, Peter Pan, and our favourite of all, It’s a Small World.

As we stayed in the Hotel New York, we had tickets to both parks which were valid for the whole 4 days, and hotel guests are able to use some of the rides for an extra 2 hours each morning before it opens to the public, so we all went on Space Mountain without even having to queue. This made such a difference, and due to the price of day tickets, it actually worked out that our 4 star hotel accommodation was free. The service here was amazing, as were the breakfasts!

The highlight of our holiday though was definitely our dinner on the final night, when we booked Cafe Mickey, on the recommendation of several of my lovely friends on Twitter. The Disney characters roam around here and come over to your table, which all the children thought was amazing, an experience they will remember for years to come.

It’s definitely not a holiday to book if you’re after rest and relaxation, but it’s without doubt the best holiday we’ve ever had, and I feel like quite a pro now, so if you’re planning a visit, I’ve got a few hints and tips, so feel free to drop me a line!

And just to finish off, It’s a Small World – our favourite ride which we went on every single day, but it’s also so true. My husband and daughter were queuing up to meet Rapunzel, and got talking to the people in front of them. They were waiting for nearly 2 hours, and bit by bit, they unravelled firstly that we all lived on the South Coast, then that they both worked in the same town, then that their daughter goes to the school our daughter has a place at in September, and then ultimately, that we live in the same road, less than a minute’s walk away! What are the chances of us being in the park on the same day, let alone next to each other in a random queue?! It most definitely is a small world!