Winter warmers 🍂

On cold wet days I like nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa with a big bowl of soup.

There is something very comforting about it, especially if your full of cold and you want a quick lunch or dinner.
My kids love soups and they love my homemade soup best 😊
Full of fresh veggies, the smell fills the house and the kids fill their tummies…


A quick recipe for Spicy Parsnip Soup 
4 table spoons of butter

1 medium sized ouion chopped

1 medium sized potato chopped 

500g of parsnips chopped 

1/2 a tea spoon of curry powder 

1/2 a tea spoon of ground cumin 

1/2 a tea spoon of ground coriander 

1.5 litres of chicken or vegetable stock 

Double cream to drizzle 
Firstly melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat then fry the onion and potatoes until softened.

Add the parsnips and cook for another 2 minutes. 
Add your spices, stir for a further minute, then add your stock.

Reduce the heat and cover, leave to simmer for 25-30 minuets.

Remove from the heat and blend to your preferred consistency.
Add cream (if using) 

When I’m making soup for all the family I tend to double up on all ingredients just to make sure I fill all the tummy’s and we always have crusty bread and butter because.. well it would be criminal not to. 
Happy cooking and enjoy 
Thanks for reading 

Kathleen x

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Baby loss…


Well you all know my story to becoming a mother and I’ve touched upon the fact that it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, I thought with it being baby loss awareness week  I would share with you a little bit more of my story…

My story starts when the Twins where 17 months old I had found myself pregnant again and to say I was shocked was an understatement I had two babies and here I was pregnant with baby number 3. I had all the pregnancy signs the sickness, bad skin and mood swings (one minute crying, the next jumping for joy). I had no concerns everything was going smoothly and I was all booked in for my 12 week scan. 

2 weeks before my scan the twins got poorly and were taken into hospital… I was there day and night not leaving them for a second. 

Well until this one day. Sitting next to chloe in her hospital bed I looked down to lots of blood, I instantly thought the worst I had lost my baby. I got rushed down for a scan but was told they couldn’t see a baby I was way to early, but I knew otherwise. I knew my dates where right and I knew I was about 9 weeks pregnant. The bleeding stopped and I went back up to be with my girls on the children’s ward. 
The lady in early pregnancy had taken my bloods and told me she would ring me with my results so I was left waiting. later on that day the girls where discharged from hospital and we all went back home. I then got a call that I needed to come back to the hospital the next morning for more blood tests. I was informed that they needed to check that my hormone level was rising, so off I went back up to the hospital. I was re scaned but still no baby, my hormones where showing that my dates where right and I was in fact having an ectopic pregnancy. I will never forget those feelings.. or the questions I asked “can’t you just move the baby into the right place” and 

“Is the baby alive” strangely not thinking about myself or the fact that I could of died. All I wanted was this baby, my baby, our baby, but it wasn’t to be. I had surgery straight away my right tube removed and of course my baby. I was 10 weeks pregnant and yes there was a heartbeat my baby just wasn’t in the right place and there was nothing me, Joe or any doctor in the land could do. I was cared for and looked after, I was told that I would probably struggle to conceive in the future and then I went home broken hearted and empty. 
I went on to miscarry again in the very early weeks and my heart broke a little more every time I didn’t even realise that was possible. I then fell pregnant again with jasper and sadly lost his twin. I then went on to have Layla 16 months after jasper. 
I then fell pregnant again after 2 years of trying we where overjoyed and was booked in for an early scan we saw our little babe at 9 weeks 3 days with a lovey strong heartbeat. Sadly at our 14 week scan our little babe had passed away and there was no heartbeat we where given lots of options but we were advised to let nature take its course but my body wouldn’t allow that. My body wanted to be pregnant. I went nearly two weeks waiting for my body to reject my baby but it just wouldn’t I eventually went in for a DNC. Totally heartbroken I didn’t know if I could do it again. I did and went on and had Ralph I sadly lost his twin but he held on tight. 
We then went on to have Rupert then Arthur and then of course Percy. 

I was very unsure about writing this post, But I do honestly believe it helps talking about baby loss, open your heart and let people in trust in people. You never know you might even help someone.

 So If you are reading this and you are on your own journey just remember you are never alone not ever ❤️

My top 5 baby must haves…


Swaddle blankets…

Now these little beauty’s have been at the top of my list for nearly 13 years. They are my ultimate must have for any new Mum/dad.

It’s such a simple thing but it really makes a huge difference. They are so very handy at any age they are perfect for burping cloths, moping up spilled drinks or throwing over the pram when the sun is shining down on them. They also work as a shield whilst breastfeeding and as a light blanket on warm days. 🙌🏼

White noise.. 

Now as you can imagine we don’t have a problem with making noise it our house. 7 kids running around singing, dancing, playing guitar, roaring like a dinosaurs, the list is endless if it’s noise your after then my house is the place to be! On the quiet days when it is just Myself, Percy and Arthur it can be really quite that’s where white noise plays its part. I have the @whisbear_official and it is fab! I had never used one before and oh how I wish I had. No more looking for apps and draining your phone battery this little bear works magic and it has also helped Percy and Arthur bond. If Percy is crying Arthur will take it to him and turn it on Percy then calms and stops crying, leaving Arthur very proud, he has helped his baby brother. His little face is a picture when he turns to me and says I did it mama.😍

Bath time…

@Trees_bees_marshmallows 🐝 well you might have read recently on my Instagram about this amazing product. I simply can’t get enough, it’s all natural and designed specially for baby’s skin. A tiny amount goes a long way and it’s such a lovely feeling knowing that your putting only natural ingredients on your baby’s skin with no harsh chemicals. They also have a wonderful stretch mark oil that is fab, I used it throughout my pregnancy with Percy and I had no new stretch marks 🙌🏼


Sleeping beauty …
Well we all want a sleeping beauty, especially at night and we all want to rest easy knowing that our baby is sleeping safe next to us. The @sleepyheadofsweden provides all of the above and in the first couple of weeks this really was a life saver. Babies like to feel secure and safe. They have been in a warm bubble of water for months and then they are out with lots of space. The sleepy head provides the comfort they need to sleep easy feeling like they are still safe in mamas arms. It’s easily moved from sofa to cot, kitchen table or bathroom floor whilst having a well deserved soak in the tub. You can keep your baby close by your side and if your anything like me that is a must. 
 

Baby wearing.. 

If only I could of had one of these amazing wraps 12 years ago. I used to have to carry my girls in one of the most uncomfortable baby carriers, it would constantly cut into my shoulders 😩
These wraps are fab. I really love my new @sollybabywrap , I wear it inside and out and about. Walking in the woods and on beach has never been so easy with a new baby, especially when your running after a crazy 2 year old and a very fast 3 year old. This warp allows my hands to be free so I can still be a hands on Mum and do all the things I love with my tribe 
Well there you have it 5 of my favourite baby buys. It’s amazing how products change over the years. It makes me very proud to be a woman, knowing that a lot of the products I have just mentioned have been made or designed by Mums. Keep it up mamas.

#whorunstheworldgirls 

As always thanks for reading 
Kathleen x

My kind of perfect….


No such thing as perfect 
So what is perfect? I’ve seen a lot of posts lately on Instagram about how her pictures are pretty so she’s not real or no one has the perfect life so why pretend they have. Let me tell you a little secret you make your own perfect. If having a clean home makes you happy then do it! If buying your child the best clothes makes you happy then do it! If going on luxury holidays makes you happy then do it!
Since when has anyone got the right to judge someone else on their perfect? Nobody should ever feel like they need to be perfect to fit in or be cool or excepted in life. So don’t let little squares do that! I read a post once from a lady who felt bad for telling people her child slept through the night because other mums made her feel bad, at what point is that ok? 
I see this as a type of bullying, why should anyone be made to feel this way? I keep a clean home it’s the way I like it I’m not going to apologise for that. I also have a routine, I have 8 kids under 13 years if I didn’t have routine then I wouldn’t be able to have one on one time with my older children and talk about there Day or help them with there home work. I like cooking from scratch it’s something I enjoy I’m not going to apologise for being myself nor would I ever judge another mum who chooses to parent in a different way. There is no such thing as perfect, as long as your happy and your kids are happy then the rest of the world can just get on with their Day. If you don’t like what you see then keep scrolling. life is what you make it, you get out what you put in! 
I like to see the positive sides to parenting I like that because it makes me feel positive. I’m a cup half full kind of person, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have crazy days. It just means that when my kid is having a meltdown I see it as him growing as a person and learning to develop his feelings, it’s something that he needs to do to learn. Just because I don’t moan on here doesn’t mean I don’t moan. I have my husband for that haha 
My pictures are real and represent an accurate portrayal of our life. I’m not going to take a picture of the washing pile mainly because I’m too busy putting it in the machine haha 
Let people be what they are, let them choose to write what they feel, let them express themselves in their own way and post pictures of what they choose. Who are we to judge anyway?


Thanks for reading 

Kathleen xx

Potty training….


Ok so this can seem like a daunting task! something that can be put off because it’s hard work it’s running backwards and forwards to the bathroom and lets be honest nappies are easy..
Who wants to be cleaning up little accidents? 

But it really can be an amazing thing to do with your child! Watching them grow and hitting that milestone the pride you feel for them and for yourself!!  
So here are some of my top tips on doing potty training the fun enjoyable way! And don’t forget there is no time limit!!!….
Firstly talk to your child! Take them to toilet with you explaining that mummy is going for a wee wee, if your child has siblings this can be an easy task because if your anything like me your up and down to the loo more times than I would like to think about haha 
Put the potty in the room let them play with it ( obviously a clean potty ) let them get to know it, let them put it on there head and let it become a familiar sight! 

They will soon become bored of playing with it but it won’t be a scary new thing that mum keeps sitting me on! 
We do nappy off potty training!! I don’t buy pull up’s in my opinion they are sending mixed signals! If your child is in pants/kickers they will get wet straight away they won’t like this feeling they will understand very quickly that they need to tell mummy/daddy that they need a wee wee or they get yucky and wet! 
No negative all positive!!! 

Sometimes In potty training you will feel like your loosing that it’s just not working you will probably question yourself and ask yourself if your doing it right!! 

But keep at it there is no time limit! It will take as long as it takes, when little accidents happen explain to your child that it’s yucky and say ‘oh no never mind next time will you do it on the potty for mummy’ 

And when wee wee’s are done on the potty do that potty dance clap and cheer let your child know just how clever they are even if it’s just the smallest little wee. 
Staying in.. 

the first few days will be the hardest! Try and start potting training when you know you will be having indoor days! Days where your child can just run around free and you can keep asking the big question ‘ do you need a wee wee’ whilst putting them on the potty so they can understand that this is what mums talking about! 
Going out….

Now once you think that you have kind of got this, that your little super star has worked it all out it’s time to venture outside in pants😬

Honestly do not worry about this! Take the potty out with you in a bag and stop on the side of the road if you really have to!! Always take a spare set of pants and trousers and it’s a good idea to pop a disposable changing mat under your child if sitting in the buggy that way if your little one dose have an accident your buggy will stay dry 👍🏼
Lastly there is no pressure listen to your child watch your child! Every child starts this milestone at different times it isn’t a race it’s about watching them and understanding them 

Just because the kid up the road is clean doesn’t mean your child should be!! 
Good luck mamas you’ve got this 🙌🏼👍🏼
Again thanks for reading…

Love Kathleen xx

Shopping,shopping & more shopping……

It’s fair to say us mums/dads do a lot of it and I’m not taking the fun stuff I’m not taking the cute baby clothes or the latest toys I’m talking food…..

The dreaded food shop we all loathe it we all have something better to do and who wants to take bored kids in a crowded supermarket!!
I often get ask how I do it? Well it’s simple I do it the same as all us mums I just do it on a slightly larger scale. So here are my tips on getting it done without spending a fortune and without wasting food and money!

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Fresh food ….

Ok so this is a big one for me I think every mum/dad should try it, buy fresh!! Talk to your local greengrocer and butcher the food you put on your child’s plate and on yours for that matter will be so much better for you,
you can often get really good cuts of meat and a much better quality for a smaller price than the supermarket and don’t be scared to ask for a deal if it’s going to be a regular thing!! The same goes for your greengrocer the fruit and vegetables I get from my greengrocer are of a much higher quality than what I would find at the supermarket go on give it a try!!

Supermarket sweep….
ok so the screaming bored kids that have had enough and who can blame them no one likes it you end up putting loads of stuff in that you really don’t need and filling your kids with whatever they ask for just so you can get 5 minutes peace anyone who says that haven’t put and empty packet of milky buttons though the till is well… telling a porky pies!

So let’s have fun!!!
I’m that crazy lady you see playing spies, yep that’s right daddy is the bad guy ( whilst he gets on with shopping ) we are hiding up the isles playing spies being really quiet so that no one can find us or see us! Then all kids sitting underneath the checkout while we pay for the shopping and that’s the end of the game we catch the bad guy and off we go home.. no fighting, whining or can I have!! Just fun.

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Packed lunch..
ok so it’s time consuming but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune I learnt over the years that packed lunch boxes can be boring and it feels like your giving them the same thing every day!
But that doesn’t have to be the way, replaced your normal sandwich for a pasta or cut the mimi filet off the back of your chicken breast and cook it up for chicken wraps, take those Crisps out and pop in some crackers with cheese and tomatoes add cucumber sticks pepper sticks whatever your children like my kids love making little cheese and cracker sandwiches and a packet of crackers costs as little as 80p! Cut up blocked cheese as buying individually wrapped can be really expensive add fruit and a yogurt and your sorted! Doing it the night before gives you so much free time in the morning and less cleaning up 👍🏼

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Plan, plan, plan..

Make a meal plan menu for the week having it all written down means you won’t buy food you don’t need and you will always no what to cook that night! My kids love going to school knowing what dinner they are coming home to and it makes my life easier not having to look through the fridge thinking what am I going to cook tonight or I have I got all the ingredients!

There’s just a few of the things I do I hope they help some of you and that it makes your meal/family time easier and more enjoyable

Thanks for reading love Kathleen xxx

The simple things in life are free….

Ok so I have 7 children from the ages of 12 to 1 finding things that they all show an interest in can be hard! The older kids don’t want to do soft play anymore and the younger kids can’t do theme parks! I sometimes feel like i’m banging my head against a wall!! It seems like everything the older kids want costs a bomb!..
But its all about compromise I guess and taking it in turns, in our house we try and do things that all the children will enjoy but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. We get the odd tantrum or “that’s not fair ” moment but if I’m totally honest it usually happens on the days that seemed to have cost a fortune, the queues for everything don’t help and we always end up with at least one ratty baby!

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So what’s a mum to do…

Get out doors it doesn’t cost a thing. We love being out doors you will often find my kids in a field with a ball or climbing a tree, long walks and picnics in the park, making dens in the woods or jumping up and down In muddy puddles. It really doesn’t matter what the weather is doing you and your children/child will enjoy every second. Get involved climb that tree with them, make daisy chains, collect leaves or acorns or anything else you can find. Jump in that muddy puddle get wet, let yourself go. Enjoy your children let them be little.

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If you ask my kids their best days out, they will tell you the time we got lost for 3 hours on our dog walk that was “an adventure” haha.
The time Dad jumped in the biggest puddle and had to walk home with squelching shoes, or the day mum fell in the biggest pile of mud in the woods and had to go home in the car with no clothes on 🙈.

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The days at the beach when they can run free, do sand dives, and eat sandy sandwiches. Dig that big hole let them burry your legs then run off laughing shouting you can’t catch me. Watch the sun go down together and hold each other tight!

Have an adventure every day even if it’s making a map to the shop and having to collect things along the way.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t have to cost a bomb to make memories!

These are the days that they will remember! And if you think back they are probably the days you remember when you was a child. The simple things in life are free…

Love Kathleen

 

 

 

 

A Mum…..

Being a mum is hard work, it’s long hours with no rest and no days off. It is the hardest most rewarding job you will ever do. But we all have those days the days when the teething baby won’t eat or the cheeky toddler just doesn’t what a nap. The days we want to just go back to bed and start all over again, we have all been there every single one of us. If a mum says she hasn’t, well then she’s lying. Days like this have been where I’ve struggled, when everything is going wrong and you can’t get your head straight. You feel like everything is falling apart around you and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

You want to spend time with your kids, you want to play with them and enjoy every second but you also want to be a good wife/partner and you also want the lovely clean house. We all need to find balance and routine that suites you as an individual. I have always had a routine I have always been very organised. I had to be, I had twins first so my routine was exactly right for me. It doesn’t mean my way is right for everyone but it worked for me. Us mums all have our own ways of doing things there is no information book on the planet that can prepare you for motherhood, it is what you make it and what you put in you will get out. It is your own journey. Here are some of the things I found help me find a balance to be a happy Mother.


My tips on being a happy mum/wife/partner
• I honestly believe that happy kids are the easiest kids to look after. Enjoy your job, enjoy your children grab every second, take every hug and kiss that is offered.
• Lay the breakfast table the night before. It sounds silly but that extra 5 minutes in the morning you can put a wash load on or have an extra cuddle in bed.  

• Make packed lunch the night before you will honestly love having your mornings back. Sitting at the table and actually eating and talking to your children it really is incredibly important to have a smooth morning and good breakfast. It sets you up for the day and sets your children up for a good day of learning at school. 
• Get outside and get muddy knees climb trees and jump in muddy puddles with your kids. Life is a blessing and motherhood is also a blessing grab it with both hands.

•Don’t ever let yourself say I can’t do it. You can. You already are, every single day you wake up you are caring for that child, you are already doing it. 
• Cook with your kids get them involved let them help, let them get mucky and make a mess, laugh with them. Watch their smiles grow as teach them. 

• Let them help, it will take longer and you can probably do it quicker and better yourself but it is so important for them. Let them Sort the washing colours or pair the socks these are all things that your children will actually enjoy to do. 
• Lastly switch the phone off or at least put it down. I don’t think any of us relise we are doing it but we spend more time on our phones than we actually do talking to each other. The group chat can wait and so can Facebook or insta. Live in the moment, love hard and give your everything. Remember you get out what you put in. 
• Don’t compare yourself to other mums. You will find some that want to help and praise you and you will find some that want to judge and criticise you. Play ground mums can be the worst, as long as your child is healthy and happy enjoying school and learning that is all you can ever ask for. 
In my opinion we are all super mums, we are all living different lives. We have all got our own battles to fight, we are all doing our very best. 
Keep it up muma’s you’ve got this!  

Love Kathleen xxx

A brand new day….

Mornings, as with our bed time is all about routine. For us it’s really the only way to have a big family, I feel like if we didn’t have it everything would fall apart and bye 8 o’clock.image

The day starts at 6 o’clock, by this time my husband has left for work and I’m waking the girls to get them up ready for school. Obviously being nearly 12 they get themselves dressed and washed ready for their day, whilst I’m down stairs getting breakfast ready for them and packing up their lunch boxes (I make packed lunch the night before). I then put the kettle on ready for coffee and the girls come down for their breakfast. By this point the baby has usually woken up, we have a little cuddle and then I bring him down stairs to play with his toys. It’s always very peaceful at this time of the morning, before the other 4 wake up.

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At 7 o’clock I wake the other children. Their school uniforms are laid out ready the night before, they dress themselves and come down stairs ready to have breakfast. Breakfast is normally porridge and fruit but sometimes they will ask for eggs and toast. I let them have a choice in the morning. It really is the most important meal of the day.
I, like lots of other mums used to give my children cereals in the morning. I used to think of the time I’d save with the easy option. But after lots of research I decided that the easy option is not normally the healthiest option. When you choose food try to go for non processed, cereals for example have the digestive enzymes removed and replaced by preservatives this creates extra work for your digestive system. Making porridge is really easy and I’ve never looked back.

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The girls then go and brush their teeth and they leave for the school bus at 7:30am.

And then their were 5…

The little ones finish breakfast at different times. As they finish they go up stairs brush their teeth and wash their faces. I’m usually helping Arthur and Rupert to finish their breakfast whilst eating my own food and packing up their lunch boxes (multi tasking mumma). When the children come back downstairs I then do their hair and cream their faces. They are now ready for their day at school.

It’s then time for me to take Arthur and Rupert up stairs to get ready and of course get my self ready. I wash their faces, brush their teeth and get them dressed. They are now ready for their day. Rupert then has paw patrol on the tv, Arthur plays with some toys and I get 5 minutes to sort my face out. So I don’t scare anyone on the school run lol.
The other children get to do something that they want to do until its time to leave. Layla will normally read, Jasper plays his guitar and Ralph normally joins Rupert for a bit of tv time. I then load the dishwasher and clear the table. Now we’re all ready to leave for the school run. Most days we get half way down the road and have to turn back. Jasper has left something behind Bag, PE kit, lunch bag or water bottle, take your pic. I don’t know how he manages it every day but he does haha.

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So that is a morning in the life of a mum of 7.
I hope you enjoyed it and have found something’s helpful, thanks for reading love Kathleen xxx

The Bedtime routine….

The Bed time routine…

Ok, so people ask me about this a lot. “How do you get them all to bed” and “how do you find time to clean round with 7 kids”. It’s very simple it’s all just routine. I’m going to give you a little insight to how I do it. Hopefully you will find this helpful if your trying to start a routine of your own.

So let’s take it from dinner time. I think dinner time should be a time for conversation, I try to cook meals that all the family can enjoy together. That way we can sit and talk about our days, the children take it in turns to talk about their day and we all sit and listen. It’s really nice to hear about the good and bad parts of everyone’s day and I find it helps children to learn to have a conversation without interrupting each other. As you can imagine having 7 children all talking at once would be very loud, I find this really helps.

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After dinner clean up…

I wipe down all the children and whilst the little ones play with their toys the older children help out with the dishes. Jasper clears the table for me whilst I clean the kitchen and Jessica rinses the dishes whilst Chloe loads the dishwasher. They are my superstar helpers, I find it very important to give children a small job within the home it helps them to understand that working as a team is always the best way forward.🌟

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Bath time fun…
So the best time of day for the babies is bath time they love it, we have a bath and a shower so I bath the babies first Arthur, Rupert and Ralph they have bubbles and toys and jugs to make bath shakes… They would spend hours in there if I let them, I always have pj’s in the bathroom ready for when I get the babies out so they are not left unattended, I get Arthur out first then dry and dress him I then get Rupert out dry and dress him, then lastly I get Ralph out he go’s into his bed room to dry off and put his pj’s on. The older children then take it in turns to shower while I take the babies down stairs for quite time and milk.
Once the older children are all washed and dried they come down also, they all have milk and a biscuit and settle down for some TV time, Arthur has a story and a cuddle then goes to bed at around 6:30 / 7:00 he self settles and is always asleep within 5 minutes of being in his cot . Rupert is usually having a story with Layla by the time I come back down the stairs, if you know Layla you will know she always has a book in her hand, she loves to read to the little ones and they love to listen.

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By this point the big girls ( Chloe & Jessie ) have gone up stairs to do their home work or read, I then set the younger children up at the table where they take it in turns to read to me. They have the choice to read quietly to themselves or listen to one another.
Once every one has read they get to watch tv until 7:45-8:00. They then go off upstairs to brush their teeth and there off to bed. Rupert usually gets up 2 or 3 times, the first time he gets up I just pop him back to bed I kiss him and say goodnight. The second time I put him back to bed and say goodnight, if he gets up again I just pop him back in to bed and I don’t say anything. He then self settles and sleeps through the night. A lot of the time little ones will try to interact with you, it’s important after the second time you put them down that you don’t interact with them.
I kiss all children good night and go down stairs. I then start my cleaning, I make packed lunch, lay the table for breakfast and get some more washing done. Chloe and Jessica occasionally come down and just sit quietly until there bed time of 9 o’clock. I usually get all my jobs done by 9:30 then I sit down with a cuppa and my husband gets home from work.

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Thank you for reading my post

Love Kathleen xxxx