Archive for July, 2016

Recommended TV series

Posted: July 21, 2016 in books

I’m not a big fan of TV but I do have a few series that I like to watch.

First it’s most likely half the populations favourite,

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Eagerly awaiting the return in October 😀

Then there’s

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Also waiting on these but in the mean time, two new series were released,

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So there’s my must watch TV series, bit of a theme going on but all good viewing 😀

 

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Living with antisocial people

Posted: July 21, 2016 in books

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It’s hard when you live with people who aren’t particularly social. They like their own space and hate to be imposed upon which is fine, I’m not the most social person myself but when I have to get into the room to clean, then yeah, it becomes a problem. It’s not just limited to their own personal space either, breakfast can be a nightmare. I understand you want space to eat in peace and wake yourself up for the day, but I do need to get into the kitchen, there are other people in the house who also want their breakfast. It’s not just the sighs and huffs when you walk into the room that are offending, it’s also a little hurtful but hey, who said being a parent was easy 😀

Left unatended

Posted: July 20, 2016 in books

I was watching a segment on “Good Morning Britain,” which was discussing leaving your child home alone. The guest was arguing that leaving your child alone was a good way to learn independence. She openly admitted that she had left her child watching TV at the age of five to go to the shop which was just across the road. Her child is ten now and she said that she still on occasion leaves him home alone for a few hours when he doesn’t want to accompany her for dining out etc. The segment went on to discuss the fact that some parents can’t afford childcare and this was part of why children are left home alone. One of the hosts, Piers Morgan then went on to say that if you can’t afford childcare, you shouldn’t have children. I found his comment outrageous. Parents get accused of scrounging off the state for having children and not working, yet when they do manage to get a job but unfortunately a low paid one, people like him slam them for not being able to pay out most of their wages on childcare costs. Not all of us are lucky enough to land a high paid job and he even thought the age of ten was too young to be left alone. In my child’s primary school, they actually encourage year six children (10-11) to make their own way to school, and what of secondary school? Some parents with younger children have to get them to school, leaving their older sibling to make their own way to their secondary school. Are we supposed to be in two places at once or even hiring someone to take our 12 year old to school?

I admit that I would never leave young children home alone. I won’t even allow my ten year old to make her own way to school but even though I don’t like it, when they reach secondary school age they do have to make their own way to school especially now that the school day has been extended leaving them starting at the same time as my younger children. I made a point of putting them in a school close to home ( within walking distance) but I agree that at age 11/12 they do need to learn that little bit of independence. Would I leave them home alone overnight at that age? No, I wouldn’t, but traveling to and from school alone unfortunately is necessary though they are with an older sibling but where I’m from it is a common thing for children of that age to travel alone.

What are your views? Do you have a particular age that you think a child should be left home alone?

New fitness equipment

Posted: July 5, 2016 in books

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I just bought myself the ab dance abdominal excercise to add to my workout. I already use a cross trainer and rowing machine which are having an effect but I needed more core training. I was using a sit up machine but it wasn’t really doing anything and most of the core machines are extremely expensive. This one was on sale for £9.99 on eBay. I have read the reviews on both this and the ab wave machine and it was rather mixed. I haven’t really had the chance to put it to the test as I only got it today but I did have a little go and found it rather fun. The tension ropes do make it more difficult to use which and you do have the option to use it without. The legs fold in so it can slot quite nicely into a gap and lean against the wall so that is useful. I will update as and when I see the effects but on first impression I’m rather impressed and even more so with the price 😀