Plane travel during term time sucks children’s brains out, warns ghost of Michael Gove

Plane travel during term time sucks children’s brains out, warns ghost of Michael Gove

*Warning: may contain traces of satire and/or sarcasm* The omnipresent spectre of sacked Education Secretary, Michael Gove, continues to save children from hemorrhaging intellect as soon as they step foot on an aeroplane during term time. Speaking from his luxury villa in Tuscany, Mr Gove says: “Rumours of a policy reversal by my replacement Nicky Morgan … Continue reading »

Win a Microscooter… and other brilliant prizes in Hertford Infant School’s raffle

Win a Microscooter… and other brilliant prizes in Hertford Infant School’s raffle

Regular readers of my blog will know that I happen to think the concept of ‘community’ is a pretty special thing. We live in the fantabulous city of Brighton (& Hove actually) and although it definitely punches well above its weight on the UK/world stage, with a population of around 275,000 it still somehow manages to … Continue reading »

Competition: Win an Alice in Wonderland pack by Sophie Allport designs

Competition: Win an Alice in Wonderland pack by Sophie Allport designs

I heard something that really shocked me the other day. Did you know that the literary equivalent of the world’s most full-on acid trip, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, is 150 years old? I know – proper freaky, hey?! It was first published in 1865 by Macmillan Publishers, but far from feeling dated today, I … Continue reading »

Comic Relief Danceathon – Doing my bit for humanity by breakin’ out my dance moves

Comic Relief Danceathon – Doing my bit for humanity by breakin’ out my dance moves

On Sunday 8th March I’m doing something pretty special for Comic Relief. That’s right… I’ve signed up to be part of the Red Nose Day Danceathon at Wembley, with the Team Honk blogging crew. The Comic Relief Danceathon event will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and will consist of me, and 1,999 other glittery funkstars … Continue reading »

Reviewed: Omega 3 for kids – which fish oil brand is best?

Reviewed: Omega 3 for kids – which fish oil brand is best?

I’ve written before about Gammon being a high-energy kid. Ever since he could crawl he’s been off-the-scale liveliness-wise. He can’t sit still, he’s always fidgeting and often purposely knocks things off the table or kicks them as he goes past if on the floor – like he just can’t help himself. Although undeniably irritating a … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: November 2014 – Patcham High top of the class for PSHE

Think Beyond Pink: November 2014 – Patcham High top of the class for PSHE

Here’s my November Think Beyond Pink column in The Argus newspaper. This time it’s about my visit to Patcham High School in Brighton and MP Caroline Lucas’ parliamentary bill for statutory/ compulsory PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education). If, like me, you think every school’s PSHE provision should be as good as Patcham High’s, join … Continue reading »

Guest post: Protecting your child from cyberbullying. Infographic by TeenSafe

Guest post: Protecting your child from cyberbullying. Infographic by TeenSafe

Thanks to Teensafe.com for the following guest post: Children today are growing up in a digital world, where their exposure to technology is progressively happening at a younger age. iPads are seen as fantastic tools for keeping kids quiet on long car rides or while dining out and a parent’s smartphone is sometimes used more often … Continue reading »

Digital Parents Blog Carnival – September 2014

Digital Parents Blog Carnival – September 2014

Hello! And welcome to the latest Digital Parents Blog Carnival. This month’s celebration is a little different – it’s winging its way to you from the other side of the world. That’s right, the boomerang has landed in the UK for September’s collection of blog posts… I’m an Aussie expat Digital Parent living in Brighton, about … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: September 2014 – Does Lego scientist set smash brick ceiling?

Think Beyond Pink: September 2014 – Does Lego scientist set smash brick ceiling?

Does Lego’s new female scientist set really smash the brick ceiling? When Lego announced in June that they were releasing a new line aimed at girls featuring female scientist minifigures, social media fizzed away excitedly for weeks like a bubbling lab experiment. The notably-devoid-of-pink set was the brainchild of Swedish geochemist, Dr Ellen Kooijman, who … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: July 2014: #LetShoesBeShoes

Think Beyond Pink: July 2014: #LetShoesBeShoes

Hello dear followers. I thought I’d post up this month’s ‘Think Beyond Pink’ column for you, which was published in The Argus newspaper today. It’s about the recent #LetShoesBeShoes campaign against some very naughty and extremely medieval advertising by Clarks shoes. You can read about it here: And here are the actual point-of-sale posters so … Continue reading »