Surprised by my three-year-old’s first swear word

About six weeks ago a local mum told me that her nearly four-year-old had started saying “caca” and “pipi”. These are words used to describe “poo” and “pee” to kids. She said that he was now saying them in response to everything she asked, from whether he wanted a drink to what story he wanted her … More Surprised by my three-year-old’s first swear word

The anxious world of motherhood: Five ways I (almost) wipe out my worst-case scenario worries

“Prend the little road, mummy, pas the other one,” said back-seat-boy Super PG this morning, urging me to take the road that curls around the playground and descends into the chaos of the school gates. I habitually used to take a different route into the mouth of the morning madness, but now, mainly because it … More The anxious world of motherhood: Five ways I (almost) wipe out my worst-case scenario worries

An otherworldly and precious moment on my baby girl’s eight-month birthday

Super PF is eight months old today. I held her close at her bedroom window this morning, as the sun was rising, and talked to her about all that we could see. *** It doesn’t seem possible that eight months and one day ago I was wondering if she was ever going to arrive, desperate … More An otherworldly and precious moment on my baby girl’s eight-month birthday

Growing up all over again with French nursery rhymes or “comptines”

Bringing up kids in France, having grown up in the UK, is a real voyage of discovery. I’ve spent a good few years now getting to know this country’s rules, values and traditions, but now that Super PG has started school, it feels like I’m on a new journey that most of the other local … More Growing up all over again with French nursery rhymes or “comptines”

Momentous day: little “coquinette” has a big bottle of milk

On Tuesday 22 September I walked into the creche to pick up Super PF and was warmly greeted not only by her incredible “yay, there’s my mummy” smile, but also a joyful, sonorous chorus from all the creche ladies, which went something like: Creche ladies: “Votre petite fille est super!” (Your little girl is fantastic.) Creche Co-directrice … More Momentous day: little “coquinette” has a big bottle of milk

Welcome to Wannabe Super Maman’s Franglais Life

Two weeks ago at the park after Super PG’s first day at pre-school: Super PG: “Muuu-mmmy. Mama?” Me: “Yeeees?” Super PG: “On va jumper dans les muddy puddles mummy?” Me: “I’m good thanks kiddo, but you go for it.” *Splashes, extreme laughter and disapproving looks from all and sundry* Peppa Pig has a lot to answer … More Welcome to Wannabe Super Maman’s Franglais Life