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Out of steam

Asking for Help

Sometimes you just run out of steam. I made it to Friday, but when I looked at the calendar there was no white space. I had several interviews in the morning, plus a sick teenager, another child heading off on sleepover and in need of cash and a round of interviews in Cambridge all afternoon. […]

The lurgy works its way through the family

Sick Children

The lurgy has proceeded to work its way through the family. Fortunately, my partner and I have had it on different days, allowing some sense of parental control to prevail. Daughter one has had both the norovirus and the cold bug and has been complaining bitterly that she should have at least a week off, […]

Why do socks feature so prominently in my life?


I’m in the worst bit of illness. The bit where the parent is sick, but almost everyone else, particularly the youngest, bounciest member of the team, is not and you still have to get up and do the school run, etc. The combo of the cough from hell and the norovirus has reduced my energy […]

The cavalry retreats as the norovirus rears its head

tired mum in bed

Last week I said I was crawling towards Friday due to an overload of work and life issues. I spoke about the cavalry having arrived because Friday had turned up. How wrong I was… Firstly, I was feeling slightly the worse for wear after several days of a bad cold and the disappearance of my […]

Work life overload

Mandy Garner

It’s been quite a week for work and life and, naturally, I’ve come down with a terrible cold and am now squeaking instead of speaking. It seems that every year at this time, circa two weeks into autumn term, I get a terrible cold and feel like death warmed up right at the busiest time. […]

Leaving school

Granny on the frontline

There’s been a lot of reports about the pressure on young people going through our current education system. But what about when they leave school. Has all the pressure at school been worth it? Grandaughter 1 will be 16 in December and doing her GCSEs next June and she’s hoping to stay on at school. […]

Countering an all-hours work culture

Work Life balance, Signpost, Family

I recently took part in an event on work life balance or whatever is the current term for not working all the time and managing to squeeze in some time for your kids. It was a little bit depressing. Woman after woman recounted doing extremely long hours. One lawyer with two young children was doing […]

Cashless in Lakeside

GBP, Money, Cash, Wages

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. On Saturday I decided a trip to Lakeside might be a good idea. Daughter three is on a school trip this week and is in need of a cagoule-type item. So we piled in the car with only son asking five miles or so from our house if a […]

National Work Life Week


It’s a funny old world. This week I have received a few emails alerting me to something called National Work Life Week which occurs next week. I glanced at my calendar. Every day is crammed with stuff. There is even stuff written in the margins. I’m not sure it is shouting work life balance. Firstly, […]

School projects – arg

solar system, space, planet

The local primary school has issued new homework books. They seem to focus a lot on projects, a word that inspires dread in the heart of this parent. Minutes after getting the books only son decided he was going to devote a lot of his time to projects and got the paints out. Daughter three […]

Surprise party

Mandy Garner

I’ve got one of those momentous birthdays this week so my partner said I needed to keep the weekend free. There have been whisperings in corners for months. I’ve tried to crack each and every one of my children, bad mother. They have been uncrackable. Even only son, although apparently he didn’t know anything anyway. […]

New routine

The Road

It’s a new school year and to make things a bit more interesting we’ve changed the routine. Oh yes. It just wasn’t hard enough having four kids in two different schools and doing more than one job. Since I can’t be the CEO of something important, even if I wanted to be, I have decided […]

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