Why I couldn’t write until now about my baby girl’s arrival

My baby girl was born five months ago, but I wasn’t able to write about it until now. This blog post explains why… … More Why I couldn’t write until now about my baby girl’s arrival

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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

How I’m trying to build confidence in my three year old

On Monday Super PG went back to school after two weeks at holiday club (the “Accueils de Loisirs”) for the winter holidays. He enjoys it here because he gets to play with some of his friends every day, but he told me that he prefers school as he will see all of his friends there. One … More How I’m trying to build confidence in my three year old

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”