The long summer holidays; Why do children need it?

6 weeks of no school The summer holidays can either fill you with delight or dread. For me, as a teacher, it used to be a valuable time for me to relax from the constant strains of teaching in a secondary school. I was able to travel, stay up late and pursue hobbies that I…

Kids Holiday Activities; Staying Indoors

What happens when the weather is bad? Being a resident of the UK; the sun does not always shine in the summer. Currently, we are in the midst of torrential thunderstorms and my children have spent the whole day inside. However, this gives me the opportunity to do what I do best; get creative. I…

Shame on you; Why do people shame others?

Shame is all around As a society, we have always been susceptible to making judgements on others. The rise of social media and the internet has made the passing of judgement on people, situations and life in general much easier. Furthermore, my own blog is a way of me informing people; in the hope that…

Parental Competition; Why does it exist?

Parental Competition Parental competition is rife in society now. Parenting can be a tough job; not only do you have to deal with your own children but all of the insecurities that come with being a parent. It is not simply a case of saying ‘it’s only a job’ because you never get time off,…

Gratitude; 20 Little things that make me smile

Why gratitude is important Gratitude has been proven to reduce stress. The act of focusing on the positive things throughout life is the foundation of mindfulness practice.What has made you smile today? What moments in your hectic day did you feel good? Gratitude does not have to be about big things; it can be the…

Blogging and Self Doubt; How I got past it.

Blogging can encourage doubt Being a blogger can be the most magical experience. Blogging can be a wonderful experience. It can help you work through thoughts, connect with amazing people and find your own voice. However, with everything that is enjoyable, there are pitfalls; the main one being blogger’s doubt.  Doubt; is it good?  Doubt can help us survive,…

Three Days, Three Quotes; Day Three

The end is here I have come to the last day of the Three Days, Three Quotes challenge. I have found that doing this challenge has been enjoyable and I could have carried on doing this for more than three days. If you want to find out what quote I picked yesterday you can find…

Three Days, Three Quotes; Day Two

Day Two is upon us. Yesterday saw the start of my Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge. If you want to know what quote I picked for day one you can find it here. The Rules Thank the person who nominated you Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day). Share why…

Three days, Three Quotes Challenge

The Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge Quotes are a fabulous thing; they can inspire and motivate you through this hectic life. I often believe I am a walking book of quotes as I tend to use them throughout my life quite often. Maybe I am a walking cliche, but I find that quotes often help…

Dealing with your inner critic

The role of criticism. Criticism is a powerful concept; it can prompt a multitude of reactions both positive and negative. Constructive criticism can often help others see things that they would not otherwise see. This constructive criticism can help improve the way you do things with the focus on achieving something. I often look to the people close to me…