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I'm mid thirties, two smallish children, one delightful husband, one car and one mortgage kinda lady. We left the big smoke some time ago and live in one of the most charming places in England.

Monday, 17 October 2011

The gifts we give children...

I have many wonderful and some not so wonderful things that I have passed on to the munckins.
A sense of fairness, a big nose, a love of chocolate, a passion for shoes, an inability to wink (apparently this is genetic) and now dyslexia.

I've had my suspicions with the eldest for a while. She's a bright button but struggles so much with reading, writes birthday greetings as Ha99y Dirthbay, supplements Es with 3s ....all the classics. So I had her unofficially assessed, not being able to afford the £500 official test. Apparently according to the assessor it is acute and we are now looking down the barrel of private tutoring for  at least a year. I can't seriously believe I have entered the private tutoring game.
It feels very grown up!

The school are being patience with my protests for additional support, yet I get the feeling, they think I am being a bit of a pushy parent. My Step Mother labelled me a helicopter parent, I don't know what the actual definition is but I can have a guess. I don't think I am really, but then I read articles like this 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13772918

And realise that if I don't do something for the munckin now she'll apparently be labelled dim and streamed like this until she leaves school...aren't children just supposed to play and have fun...how come half of Europe don't start them in school until this age...I sense private tutoring will really eat into the holiday budget for 2012!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Book Clubs

I love my book club. It's great we really put the world to rights and spend a great evening totally removed from the dilemmas and tantrums of the school run.

But... I was away at the last meeting and the new book was chosen...Rosemary's Baby.  Nice. I do not want to read a book about a woman giving birth to the devils son. Am I being over the top or is this not a curious choice for a bunch of primary school Mums.

Anyway I thought maybe I'd blag it, I know the basic story just don't want to know the detail. Then I thought maybe I'd just accidentally double book the evening and do a no show. But then these are women I trust and count as good friends, so I can't lie.

Shall I fess up or shall I blag it? What good choices have you had recently or your book club...let me guess everyone else has read Rosemary's Baby and it was a great book club choice...