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GP with one husband and two children.
Interests: Reading, blogging, debating, sleeping
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Typepad has served me well as a blogging platform for many years, and I feel somewhat nostalgic at the prospect of leaving; however, the advantages of Wordpress are substantial enough that they have finally outweighed both nostalgia and loyalty, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Good Enough Mum
Jamie, unlike many autistic children, has in fact been a brilliant sleeper for most of his life - we definitely caught a lucky break there. However, he does go through phases now and again of being hard to settle, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Good Enough Mum
For some considerable time now I've been thinking, as one does, that I should really get back to blogging, and even planning different possible re-entry posts. Then, by pure chance, I stumbled across a blog carnival on one of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Good Enough Mum
On Sunday, 22nd September, my aunthood was upgraded from one nephew to two. My sister had been booked for a planned Caesarean on the 23rd, but Zephaniah 'Zephy' Daniel didn't want to wait (possibly having realised that all the coolest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Good Enough Mum
In September, Katie will be starting school. The school have a rather well worked out induction period involving visits first with a parent and then without, and the filling out of a booklet about her likes, dislikes, attributes, and abilities,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
A few weeks ago, Katie's nursery school was doing a theme on 'People Who Help Us', and asked me to come and say a few words to the tots about my chosen profession. Having done this before for both reception... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
It's Friday the Thirteenth, so I'm blogging for decriminalisation of prostitution. For the backstory to that apparent non sequitur plus my general views on the matter, read this post. This time around, I thought I'd write about a commonly-discussed prostitution... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
Welcome to the March 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With Special Needs This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
Given that the whole point of struggling through NaBloPoMo was to overcome my writer's block and get me posting more, you'd be forgiven for thinking at this point that it really wasn't worth the trouble, given how scanty my posts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
Last year, clicking through links from different blogs, I came across one called The Honest Courtesan, written under the nom de plume of Maggie McNeill. I've been reading it ever since; it makes a pleasantly interesting change from all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Good Enough Mum
It's been a blur of last-minute on-line orders, frantic scribbling of cards, and vows to do Flylady's 'Cruising Through The Holidays' scheme next year like I should have done (hang on a moment - didn't I make that same vow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
You might quite reasonably have assumed that my long absence from here was due to post-NaBloPoMo burnout, but you'd be wrong. I was actually working on the first post written specifically for the Parenting Myths and Facts blog. And, good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
I heard noises in the hall above as I was finishing my breakfast and thought ah, good, Jamie's woken up before I came to get him and that'll mean one fewer child to roust out of a sound sleep, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
"Why can't children say all the words?" Jamie wanted to know. "What was that, sweetheart?" I was pretty sure I'd heard him, but he was chewing his dinner and I wanted to check. "Why..." Jamie's brown eyes locked on mine,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
Pushing against the clock, always pushing uphill. As soon as the first child has finished pudding, I whisk them off upstairs and start them on the bedtime routine while waiting for the second child. If it's Jamie, I can usually... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
Katie's actual birthday was on Friday - again, we didn't do anything much to mark the day after having had the big present-giving occasion the previous weekend, but she did get one present on the day (a Peppa Pig top... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
The Britmums weekly prompts this week include a couple of questions to tie in with NaBloPoMo - is it realistic to publish a post every day? And, when it comes to blogging, how can we find a happy medium? Is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
I now have children of seven and four. Back when Katie was a baby, I used to daydream wistfully of the days when my children would have reached interesting fun ages like - say - six and three. I looked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
Not literally, but that's about what my afternoon on call feels like, looking back over it. It's been mad busy and I finished late, and now I'm going to get to bed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
Thanks to Jamie's obsession with electronic media, I've probably had rather fewer problems than the average mother of two with having to deal with them both wanting my attention at once, but tonight was a doozy. As Jamie finished off... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
A few weeks back, carried an article about parenting by therapist Lori Gottlieb by the intriguing title How To Land Your Kid In Therapy. I may or may not ever get round to blogging about Gottlieb's views on parenting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
Tonight, Katie built a set of steps with her Duplo for one of the Duplo people to walk up and jump into the cab of his lorry (through the front windscreen). It reminded me that I don't think I blogged... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
After yesterday's festivities, Jamie's actual seventh birthday slipped by almost unnoticed by all of us, including himself. I recognise that this does not reflect well on my parenting but I actually forgot to wish him a happy birthday until my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
I was woken at 5.15 a.m. by Jamie standing by the side of the bed insisting he wanted to get up now. Thank goodness for late winter dawns - when it's obviously dark outside, it's a darned sight easier to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at Good Enough Mum
For Children in Need Day, Katie's nursery had a day of wearing/bringing in spotty things. I dressed Katie in her spotty socks, her shoes with the spotty pattern on the heels/sides, and a single spotty hairclip I'd found in a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Good Enough Mum