It’s been two weeks since my last round-up. I think that is because last week I felt a little to overwhelmed to write it.
We have such a happy family life, are all happy in our own little family bubble. The boys are well-behaved within reason. (They are teenagers, its impossible for them to be chilled and happy all the time) Generally if anything slightly negative happens we can control it. Nip it in the bud, look at the positives as move on. Because that is how I see the world, very black and white. If it doesn’t work, control the situation and move on.
And then Joe started High School. I think the alarm bells were there during summer school. But he was making friends and happy. He still is happy. But I am not! Now this is a school that we fought to get him in, that Jack loved. That has an excellent reputation. But this year something is not right and I can’t put my finger on it. And I honestly think if that if Joe stays in the class he is in he will not thrive educationally.
We have spoken to school who are saying all the right things, but not much action so far. Leaving me feeling totally out of control of the situation. I know we can’t protect our children all of their lives. They have to learn to analyse people and make the right choices and I feel that Joe is doing that now. But it has taken him a while to adapt to his environment.
Do you know what the biggest shocker for me has been? Social media OMG, I know the dangers it’s my job. But some parents seem oblivious. The stuff I have seen 12-year-old kids saying and doing in the last week is awful. Leaving your kids to roam free on social media is like letting them roam free in the roughest town at midnight. The Internet is more dangerous.
And yet so many parents are letting their kids have total freedom. I know it’s harder having control and monitoring the situation but it’s a must in this day and age. And I urge you check your kids phones and social accounts.
For us it’s all sortable but a blip that us parents should talk about rather that pretending life is perfect. That way we can support each other. Life is about learning what’s good for us and what is not, we have to encourage our children through that. Not throw them to the wolves and hope it turns out right. I suppose much in the same way we can’t keep them in ivory towers.
Stand up to Cancer; it is honestly one of the most heart-breaking programmes I have ever watched. Watching the beautiful Cowley family go through the last year has been awful for anyone around them. But the programme they made with CH4 put you in their shoes. I have never seen such resolve and bravery from all three of the people followed during the programme, including Becky’s husband Chris. It just makes you want to hug your family that bit tighter. And hope that a cure is found in our children’s lifetime.
I also head down to London with the lovely Colette to visit the Xbox loft and see the new Xbox One X. Our mission was to find out how family friendly the console is and check out the family friendly Xbox games. There are quite a few fantastic family friendly games and there are so many ways it can be used in the home as a family. Its a great way to get the whole family involved an insight into how internet savvy kids and teens are.
My new boots, oh they are so comfortable. I love them and had a wonderful day wandering London with them and my Camera; it took me ages to choose the colour, there is so much choice. But I am thrilled with them. Check out my little competition to win a pair here.
This week I shared my very first Christmas post and built and decorated a white Christmas tree. I felt so brave ha ha! I have never chosen and white tree before and I love it. It’s so pretty. You could argue it’s a little early for Christmas but it’s all in the planning. I also nipped to Booths to get the Christmas dinner book, but we can’t decided it all looks so good.
I have fallen a bit in love with Gregory Porter, his voice is just beautiful and maybe he fits in a bit with feeling all autumnal at the moment. I love this time of year, roast dinners and family walks and he fits right in there with the seasonal vibe.
I have also been trying out Philosophy bath, shower gels and perfume. They are so lovely so nice to use. My favourite being Baby Grace, they are all lovely but that is my absolute favourite it smells delicious, closely followed by Amazing Grace.
This weekend we are having a quiet family weekend as next week is going to be manic with a trip to the theatre and then I am off to Lanzarote for a couple of nights next weekend. Arghh I am so excited. Have a great weekend whatever you are up too!