WHY I’M REMOVING HOMEWORK FROM MY LIST OF THINGS TO DO…

My eldest started school in September. When we went to view schools one questions I always asked was, “What’s your homework policy?” I was adamant that I didn’t want her to go to a school that pressured them with homework. She is four. She doesn’t need that in her life and what’s more, I don’t need it in my life. In the end, we ended up sending her to a school that we never viewed or asked for. It’s a great school, but don’t get me started on the homework.  Continue reading

WHY THERE ARE NO SCHOOL STARTING TEARS HERE…

This week my daughter started school. She’s the eldest so it’s been a case of popping my cherry when it comes to this particular milestone and you never really know how you’re going to feel about it until it happens. I thought there might be tears – me not her – but when it came to it, I was dry eyed. The absence of tears wasn’t because I wasn’t emotional, or because I was doing a happy dance at my freedom every weekday between the hours of 9am and 3pm, but because I was excited.  Continue reading

WHY WE SHOULDN’T LOSE OUR SHIT OVER SCHOOLS…

So, it’s done. If your offspring was born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2013 you’ll have just submitted your school applications at the beginning of this week. Most of you, I’m sure will have been a shit tonne more organised that Team Sims were and perhaps have got your applications in a lot earlier. Whatever your approach to getting your kid into an establishment of education…it’s now signed, sealed and soon to be delivered. Continue reading

SCHOOL DAZE

I’ve come to realise that this parenting thing is a steep and oh, so constant learning curve. We never have it nailed. Just as we get them sleeping, we need to get them eating. Then they need to walk and talk and before you know it you’re trying to convince them to use a toilet rather than curling down a turd in the middle of the local library (true story). None of this is easy; it keeps you on your toes and, in moments of quiet reflection (read: rocking back and forth in the corner asking, “When will this be over?) you’ll wonder if you’ll ever be able to rest easy again. Continue reading

School Of Thoughts

It’s hard to imagine what I’ll feel when I send The Small off to school. Honestly, until recently, it’s been the light at the end of the tunnel. I look towards those days of ‘free childcare’ with a wistful sigh. One day my time will come, I think to myself. Until recently, I hadn’t considered there might be a downside. Until recently.  Continue reading