Bringing Up Brits

How to tame the tiger parent

How to tame the tiger parent

When I was 12 and 13 I babysat regularly every weekend for two families with babies the same age. One of the moms spent her days showing flash cards to her baby and using educational tools and toys to interact with her baby. The other mom did not. Over the few years I spent with […]

World Book Day in the UK

World Book Day in the UK

Today is World Book Day and over the years my two older children have gone as Harry Potter, Robin Hood, Lucy Pevensie, Reepacheep, Nancy Drew, Heidi, Tinkerbell and Michelangelo. I’m sure there were more but I can’t recall off the top of my head. My daughter Anna Grace loves books more than anything and goes […]

100 Little Words on Parenthood

100 Little Words on Parenthood

My friend and fellow author Charlie Plunkett is doing a Kindle promo that ends on 4th March so I’m posting on my blog to help spread the word about it for her. One of her books (and she’s written 4!) is called 100 Little Words on Parenthood. It’s a collection of poems, words and anecdotes […]

Lousy Books

Lousy Books

Last night my daughter, Anna Grace, wrote her second review on Amazon. It was for a book she read called Lousy Behaviour, the sequel to Lousy Thinking by school teacher and children’s author Mike Davies. Her first review was, of course, for Lousy Thinking. I am so proud of her and pleased that she A.) […]

Charlie Plunkett on motherhood and career

Charlie Plunkett on motherhood and career

If you are a parent who also has a freelance career or runs your own company, then this post is for you. Charlie Plunkett, author of The Secret Diary series and 100 Little Words on Parenthood has visited my blog! She has kindly chosen to guest here during her big blog tour and I am […]

Books for the Journey

Books for the Journey

I think for many parents, raising children is by far, THE most difficult and challenging thing a person can do. It is also one of the THE most important things we can do in life and, as many parents know, it can be THE most rewarding and wonderful thing in life. Parenting is like a […]

What’s in your kitchen bookshelf?

What’s in your kitchen bookshelf?

With Anna Grace’s birthday party nearly upon us, I turn to some old and trusted friends to help me produce the perfect birthday meal (birthday ‘tea’) and birthday cake – my recipe books. I have a varied selection of books ranging from American church recipe books such as Faithfully CharlestonĀ  a southern recipe book with […]

How much do we conform?

How much do we conform?

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of articles in the national press about Pamela Druckerman’s book called French Children Don’t Throw Food. A few of my comments were in the Daily Mirror in Tanith Carey’s article – So Why Don’t French Kids Throw Food? Which of course I am thrilled about […]

Tanith Carey and Anita Naik

Tanith Carey and Anita Naik

I just ordered someĀ fantastic books by two British mothers and writers. Very excited! I’ve been meaning to get this book for a while now and i’m so looking forward to reading it. My daughter is 8 and already acts like a teenager sometimes – everything is a drama!! It’s very different parenting boys – my […]

The Gruffalo meets Goodnight Moon

The Gruffalo meets Goodnight Moon

I and my family absolutely love children’s books – our house is full to bursting with the likes of Judith Kerr, John Burningham, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. And we wouldn’t be truly alive if we didn’t ritually read and recite The Gruffalo, The Tiger who Came to Tea, Albie and the Space […]