Aiming to be happier families.

Just Apply Chocolate – All will be Fixed

“It’s alright, I’ll just go and get him a chocolate.”

I find myself flabbergasted on a daily basis when I see mothers who walk around shops seemingly oblivious to the fact that their child is screaming his/her head off.

Today, as I walked into Tesco to pick up some bits and pieces and spices for the curry I am craving, my ears were blitzed by the sound of a very angry child screeching somewhere in the direction of the toiletries isle. If you are a Mom, you understand when I say the child was angry as children’s screeches have different pitches and inclinations. This was an angry screech that had been going on for a while.

I tried (really I did) to ignore it Continue reading


30 March 2013 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As the scream starts forming in his toes

It is late afternoon and I have just finished my shopping in Morrisons. I am heading for the exit when I see a Dad with two little boys, probably age 3 and 5. The dad picks up a shopping basket and hands it to the older boy. The younger boy looks expectantly at his dad Continue reading

16 March 2013 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop it, You are going to be in trouble!

It’s 10:30 on a Thursday night and it’s freezing cold.  I am sitting on the train with a friend, coming back from London. As my face begins to thaw, making me able to move my eyes around, I notice a family sitting across the aisle. Dad, daughter of about 4, son of about 10 in his school uniform facing me. Mom and half a son of about 6 in line with me. I say half a son because Continue reading

13 March 2013 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mommy… I can’t sleep

You have just floated off into dreamland when a crack of light from the passage falls across your face and little footsteps pad across the carpet. You risk one eye as you squint up from your pillow… “I can’t sleep, ” says the frowning face, with teddy as a back up. Continue reading

2 March 2013 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Image created by: Deni

“Oh whatever,” she said, rolling her eyes dramatically. Her sister turned visibly purple, clenched her fists and stormed away.

A little later, when she had calmed down, she came to me and said, “Mommy, you have to do something about her attitude.” Continue reading

2 September 2011 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Why are you drawing sad faces Mommy?”

Picture created by: Stuart Miles

My daughter was definitely not a morning person when she was two and a half.

Every morning she would wake up at about 8:00 am and would either have a face like thunder or would be miserable and whine. Fortunately she used to eat, bath and go back for another sleep at 10:00am, after which she was cheerful.

Those two hours felt like ten and no matter how I tried, I could not change her mood. Continue reading

31 August 2011 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How many “no’s” constitute a “NO”?

So here  am sitting in a steak house enjoying a Roquefort salad (yes, seriously) and there is a woman on the table behind me with her 4-year-old son (that’s what the label said on his inside-out jumper).

They have just ordered their food and are waiting for it to arrive. The little boy is climbing around and rolling on the floor and she is texting on her mobile. He spies one of those machines that have balls with little plastic toys and darts off Continue reading

13 July 2011 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be careful what you teach

A grandmother

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The other day I watched an old woman with her grandchildren. They were obviously enjoying each other’s company and the little girl noticed a packet of sweets on the counter.

 “Can I have a sweetie Nana?” she asked

“Those are not my sweeties, they belong to Uncle Paul,” the old lady replied and the little girl frowned.

“You can have one,” the old lady continued, “but don’t tell Uncle Paul.” she said secretively. Continue reading

10 July 2011 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment