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Four things I’m changing on social media

Four things I’m changing on social media

Whether you use social media for business, pleasure or both, you probably know that your posts aren't guaranteed to reach everyone who follows you - and sometimes, it feels like hardly any! The algorithm that they apply to every post – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and...

Life Skills for the Under 10s

Life Skills for the Under 10s

A friend of mine mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that when her children were young, a friend of the family – also a mother to little children – died suddenly in her sleep. That terribly tragic event, my friend said, made her realise the importance of teaching...

My ‘Unicorn’ Blog Post

My ‘Unicorn’ Blog Post

Mythical beasts are, by their nature, hard to find - it's their thing. And so are blog posts that take flight, and attract more readers than you've ever had before. I managed to find one last week - so what's the secret behind that unicorn post? Last week, it was the...

Five years on – my love letter to Milton Keynes

Five years on – my love letter to Milton Keynes

Five years ago, we had just landed in this most infamous of 20th century town creations – Milton Keynes. Coming from a tiny, ancient cathedral city in North Yorkshire, full of centuries-old charm and rural influences, plenty of people felt able to ‘prepare’ us for...

Blogging: it’s Better than Biscuits

Blogging: it’s Better than Biscuits

If you’d told me 20 years ago – even five years ago – that I’d be doing what I’ve done this week, I would never have believed you. On Wednesday morning, I went to an SJPoole networking session – not to learn from the visiting expert, but to be her. I delivered an...

A week in the life of RLC Words

A week in the life of RLC Words

I was typing a little text to my Mum and sister the other day about what was on the agenda for the morning, and on reading it back, I had a sudden thought: I would never have imagined this as a typical day, 10 years ago, five years ago, or even when I started RLC...

Things I’ll miss about Reception Year

Things I’ll miss about Reception Year

The time has flown by – as it always seems to do, now we are all in the cycle of the school year – and our littlest boy is almost at the end of his Reception year at school. Which made me realise that it’s not just the end for him; it’s the last Reception year we will...

I thought SATs couldn’t get any worse

I thought SATs couldn’t get any worse

Last year, our little boy was 6 years old, and in Year 2. Nobody told him he was doing SATs, but he knew something was up - here's the account of what was happening then: SATs: this is what they're doing to our 6-year-old. When I shared that post, the most surprising...

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The Beauty of Air BnB – and Monkey Bums

There was a lot going on this half term. I’ve talked before about the challenges of working from home during the school holidays, and this one had some extra dimensions – a product launch for my client Mum to Mum VIP on Monday, two new clients who had...

What was your very first job?

My first job was in 1992. I was 14, and became a waitress in a family-run restaurant in a little North Yorkshire market town. My trial week earned me £1.50 an hour, which rose to £2 an hour once I’d made the grade. I did this every Saturday and most holidays until...

Not much surprises me – but Barbie has

I had mostly Sindys in my 80s childhood, but I did have one Barbie. I didn’t play with her much, really. She was blonde (I’m dark), tall (nope) and had a tropical tan (I’m not quite Ed Sheeran, but it takes a while to coax my skin to a beige tint). My younger...

Five years on – my love letter to Milton Keynes

Five years ago, we had just landed in this most infamous of 20th century town creations – Milton Keynes. Coming from a tiny, ancient cathedral city in North Yorkshire, full of centuries-old charm and rural influences, plenty of people felt able to ‘prepare’ us...

Four facts I’ve learned on the junior school journey

We are halfway to the October half term holiday now, and by and large the move to junior school has gone well for our eldest. He’s happy to go in the mornings (unless he thinks of something else he’d rather be doing), and has plenty to tell us in the evenings...

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