How To Encourage Reluctant Readers


Don’t get me wrong. My boys love a story.

They just always want me to read it to them.

Putting in the effort to read books for themselves just seems too much like hard work.

And as someone who immersed herself in the Famous Five books and the Narnia adventures as a kid, I don’t want them to miss out on literary adventures.

So to celebrate World Book Day, here are my top tips for getting kids enthused about reading…

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An Interview With Me


Every so often a blogger kind of loses her writing mojo.

I’m sure I’ll find it again – I just have to retrace my steps and find out where I left it!

It’s been so busy lately that it’s hard to come up with ideas of what to write about – or to find time to write something.

That’s when it’s good to have a fun idea come along, to share info and learn more about others in the blogging community.

So when I spotted that the lovely Jax from Making It Up wanted to interview some of us – and get us to throw out some questions of our own, I jumped at the chance.

Here’s Jax’s questions – and my answers:

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Taking Barny To The Palace

palace Living in Scotland, getting out and about hasn’t been top of our agenda over the last couple of months *shivers at the thought of the low temperatures*.

But in the last couple of weeks, we’ve enjoyed some really clear, crisp Winter days.

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Competition: Win a £25 voucher for My 1st Years

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Ever had one of those times where everywhere you look, there are new babies being born?

A friend has just given birth to the most beautiful baby girl, in the same week a colleague at work has just welcomed his new daughter into the world.

Even Simon flippin’ Cowell is holding a newborn in his arms (hello Eric).

I swear my ovaries are twitching so hard, it’s difficult to move!

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Love is… saving you money

If you listened to Mr G talking, he’d say he’s never been more skint since he met me!

I’ve spent all his money, given him grey hairs… blah, blah, blah.

But he laughs as he says this (otherwise I’d give him a good old kick in the unmentionables!)

Because he also knows that I’ve given him two children, a nice home, a comfortable life, a family.

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Hoping to go MAD


Probably one of the most honest posts I’ve ever written is this one.

It’s about trying to fit in, wanting to be noticed but doing the typical British thing of keeping my mouth shut. Not wanting to appear attention-seeking, even though I’m desperate for people to like me.

I can’t say that’s changed, despite my promise in that post to be more assertive, and speak up for what I want.

But the MAD Awards is asking for nominations. And I’d love to be in the running for Best Schooldays Blog.

So I’m pushing myself forward now and asking if you could possibly find the time to go and vote for me here.

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Review: Muddyfox bikes

It was only last Summer that we finally got Brodie confidently riding his bike without stabilisers. He’d just turned 7 and I was beginning to fear he’d got too old and frightened to ever master it.

But last year’s heatwave allowed us plenty of beautiful sunny days to practise. And once he got the hang of it, there was no stopping him. He spent the rest of the school holidays out with friends, cycling round the park behind our house.

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Doc McStuffins’ Check-Up Clinic


Are your little ones fans of Doc McStuffins?

Or do they just like playing doctors?

Well, they’ll be pleased to hear she’s hitting the road, going on a national “retail” tour (which basically means she’s coming to a shop near you!)

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Eschewing the Fat: Slimming Club Fail

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Just eat DUST!

Dear Slimming Club leader,

Have you noticed I’m not there tonight?

Do you want to know why?

Well hopefully my journey so far will explain.

Let’s go back to the beginning.

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Postman Pat: The Movie

Have you heard that Greendale’s favourite hero is hitting the big screen?

I have, and I’ve got a bit of a preview for you here:

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