MY BLOG

Dip in and out of my recent thoughts on writing, web design, family and lifestyle

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...

Cautionary Tales about Proofreading

Cautionary Tales about Proofreading

I was delighted to get some proofreading work my way this week. It’s one of my favourite jobs. The writing is all there, the words and voice are already the customer’s own, and all I have to do is buff it up, and make it the most beautiful version it can be. If you're...

Or Browse by Category…

Drag your Business from the Slump this Summer

School's out and it’s HOT, which is great news for small businesses selling ice creams, paddling pools and fans! But for lots of us, it might feel like business activity is starting to flatline into the summer slump. Some things you can’t change – you probably can't...

Project of the Month – Handmade by Abbi

I’ve been running a Project of the Month feature on my site Portfolio page since July, and it was the excellent idea of Mr RLC Words to start making more of the bigger projects I’ve done. I also suggested this as a potential idea to everyone at a Blogging Workshop I...

Disneyland Paris and why kids just don’t appreciate it

Using my 40th birthday four weeks ago as the tenuous reason for celebration, I suggested to my husband that we take the boys (6 and 4) to Disneyland Paris in May half term. Once we’d navigated the many and complex options out there (Disney hotel, or off site? Meal...

New School Nerves – All Different, All the Same

The night before our boy started junior school this week, he crawled into my lap at bedtime, and said simply, “I’m scared.” Even though he was going into a class with at least six of the children he had in his old class – some of them his dearest friends – he has felt...

Enjoying (Surviving) Britain’s Got Talent Week with the Kids

I love Britain's Got Talent. We’ve watched it from the start, managing to ignore Piers Morgan for the most part, and even sticking with it through the tricky Hasselhof years.I feel it has become much less spontaneous and more staged over the years - although Simon's...

Follow Me

Share This