Three Gentle Approaches to Try When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Visit Your Ex

Doing Christmas when you have divorced requires delicate handling, even if your children feel reasonably okay with the situation. But holidays aside, if your kid is not keen to visit or spend time with the other parent, the regular routine of visitations can be extremely challenging and painful for all involved. Showing aversion to the other parent is a natural response for children after a divorce. The key is managing

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Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories

Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places with Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories in and around Hampshire If you’re looking for a really special festive experience this winter, step into Christmas at one of our beautiful historic houses. National Trust places around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations, fresh winter greenery, Christmas houses and festive family trails. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at The Vyne

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The one about alcohol

This is the one about my thoughts on alcohol.  I thought it might be timely with many people celebrating going booze free for October. First of all I am going to nail my colours to the mast and say that I don’t really buy into the school of thought that thinks giving up booze and shouting about it for a month is a good idea.  Though to be fair it

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I am going to be a granny!

Yep, the news is out.  I am going to be a granny.  Mr B is going to be a grandpa. A couple of weeks ago Caity and Dan popped in one Sunday morning and presented us each with a present wrapped in tissue paper.  It felt like a mug and they said we had to open them at the same time.   We had no idea they would have “Grandma”

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Rigby and Peller

Last weekend I decided to head off to Rigby and Peller to stock up on some bras that actually fit me properly. Because we all need support, right?  I can’t think of a single scenario in which we don’t need support to do what we do.  And in order to do what we do we need to feel comfortable.   That has to start with the basics I believe, like

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Heard of Beauty Pie? Here’s how it works

Beauty Pie, heard about it? Or have you seen the ads and been slightly confused and thought  “how does Beauty Pie work”? Chances are that if you are on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen an advert for Beauty Pie because their ads are everywhere but if you aren’t on there then Beauty Pie might have passed you by and that would be a shame. Why? Well because

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Jesy Nelson, Odd One Out

Did you see the Odd One Out, Jesy Nelson documentary on TV recently?  I have to admit I started to watch it, fully intending to watch it all as Jesy detailed being trolled online.  I am ashamed to say that once Jesy started talking about trying to take her own life as a result of the online abuse in 2013 I couldn’t watch anymore.   Listening to Jesy Nelson, a

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I’m cheating on my hairdresser

Google “cheating on hairdresser” and you get over three quarters of a million results.  Some telling you how to do it, some telling you it is the best thing they ever did, some saying they regretted it the second the stylist made the first cut and are now wearing a hat for eight weeks.   My reason for cheating on my hairdresser recently was a little less complicated and was

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Want some advice? Just do you

Want some advice? Just do you If I had to write a top five of phrases to live by “just do you” would certainly be up there.  And if I was ever to impart some unsolicited advice “just do you” would be it.   I was reminded of this on Twitter yesterday when a chap I have never met but have chatted to online for years sent me this Tweet:

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Back to school organising

This is it, if they haven’t gone back already, children all over the country are heading back to school this week.  New hair cuts, shiny shoes, pristine book bags.   And as they all head off us parents can let out a collective sigh of relief that we have done it.  We have checked everything off the kit list, remembered to sort out dinner money, or bought the new lunch box, and

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Turning off the outside world

I have been increasingly thinking about turning off the outside world because my phone buzzed at 07.18 this morning.  Not for the first time, and as before, not my alarm, I had turned that off at 5am when I had finally given up on sleep because my mind was whirring, but by a text.   A text that had been sent with a query that needed to be dealt with fairly urgently.   

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Still getting notifications?

“What do you mean you don’t have notifications on for emails and only check it a couple of times a day?  I am still getting notifications on my phone as they arrive, so why aren’t you?”   I was incredulous.  The very idea that my husband didn’t get a red dot on his home screen that alerted him to the fact I had sent a message that needed his urgent

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