What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

Yesterday a lovely colleague texted 'hahahahaha oh my god that's so dramatic' in reply to one of my Coronavirus related messages. She was totally right, to be fair. However, I've just been to the post-school 'break up' adhoc park play session with a load of the mothers who keep me sane a lot of the … Continue reading What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Let me be clear, absolutely nothing about these brownies will turn you into a power hungry, magical supremacist. They're called Slytherin brownies because I baked them for Child 2 when she told me she needed to take cakes in for the school bake sale. She and her sister are in Howard House. The cake stall … Continue reading Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

That was the week that was, well, the worst…

I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…

Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

I've had the kids at home for the Easter holidays for precisely 5 days and 7 hours. A quick su\nmmary of our activities is as follows - Friday after school ended: bribed them with an ice cream each; bribed them with a McDonald's happy meal each; let them stay up late(ish) watching crap TV. Saturday: … Continue reading Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Today Child 1 lost her third tooth. She's not keen on blood and mess so she has never wobbled those that have now departed. Instead she moaned about how distracting the whole process is. Children her age are just discovering that folkloric figures like Father Christmas may not be as real as the (generally) rotund … Continue reading My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…

Skimming my Facebook On This Day posts this morning, I spotted this classic from last year - "To the little shit who tore my daughter's Easter bonnet apart... In 20 years time she will come for you. In the silence of the darkest, coldest night. This is your warning. I hope you spend the rest … Continue reading Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…

Not reticent – the 6 year old who just can’t be arsed…

I am a fairly slapdash parent. I'm competitive in a low maintenance kind of way (I don't get my knickers in a twist about stuff the kids have no aptitude for - what's the point?) but I am really showoff-y if they get a good part in the nativity. Anyway, for a long time we … Continue reading Not reticent – the 6 year old who just can’t be arsed…

Date – day 4 of #Blogtober2017

Wednesdays are traditionally wordless here at Sophie's Voice so I'll let this picture speak for itself. Its a collage of snaps from my last date - when, back in April, I took Child 1 out for brunch before she went back to school for the summer term. I like spending time with her one to … Continue reading Date – day 4 of #Blogtober2017