Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lindam's Birthday!

For 25 years Lindam have been helping us keep our babies safe. 

When I had Eldest, all the way back when, I remember picking up my first safety gate when she took her first steps and they are the brand I turn to every time.

You, like me, probably think that Lindam only do safety gates but you, like me, would be wrong!

Their safety accessories range is brilliant. We use a lot of the products ourselves and Mojo has a particular fondness for a certain Owl Night light.

If you do a job for 25 years you know a thing or to about that subject and here is some advice from the guys at Lindam on making your home a safer place for your tiny people-

Stairs: To your toddler – this is the best playroom in the house! The joy of exploring and 
climbing up your stairs will soon be diffused if they tumble from top to bottom. A huge 
range of stair gates are available to keep stairs strictly off limits. Gates should be fitted to 
the top and bottom of stairs to keep your little one safely behind bars! Stair gates are also 
a great option for open doorways leading onto landings, kitchens or large open hallways. 

Doors: Opening, closing, swinging, banging…a door provides a wealth of delights for little 
hands. Door stoppers can protect those busy fingers from traps and squashes by either 
stopping the door from moving, or stopping the door before it makes contact with the 

Corners: If your toddler is cruising and pulling up on units and tables, the corners can be a 
disaster area for bumped heads and sore eyes. Corner cushions are designed to soften the 
blow and reduce the need for cuddles and cold compresses! 

Cupboards/drawers: Items in cupboards offer endless delight for curious toddlers. Give 
yourself sanity and protect hands from hidden dangers by fitting safety latches which 
prevent doors and drawers from opening. Peace of mind for all! 

 They are so confident in their products that they have recently put in place a Life Time Guarantee*! 

*For products with the stamp and purchased on or after 01/01/2014 AND registered online within 30 days of purchase.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Home education is over.

I've had a great time.

We've had a great time. Doing things we'd never find time to do in school.

I've learned so much.

We've learned so much. Not only about Art, English, Science and the academia of it all, but about each other - who we really are. When you have a bad day as a parent often your children will be in school without a care in the world. We share our bad days.

I'm not ready to stop yet. 

She is ready to stop.

I made some promises to myself when we started this.

  • Do not be swayed by people who do not understand the choice (do not doubt yourself)
  • Stand up for yourself and her if you get negative responses 
  • Do not make excuses  'I took her out because, because...' You took her out because there was a problem and you believed you could fix it. You believed you could do better. 
  • Be academic in approach but flexible, explore other kinds of teaching and more importantly other ways of learning
  • Try to remember 'not knowing' - we seldom recall a time where we did not know what we know.
  • Give her access - to knowledge. No matter what the question, try to answer it. 
  • Do not give up
  • If she ever wants to stop, accept this is her education and no matter what the age her opinion is valid. Her education is her education and should be treated as such. 
I though I would need to adhere to everything but the last one. 

I didn't see it coming. I didn't. 

So, rather than sharing anything with our home education now, I will be sharing gripes about teachers, holidays, fines, school runs and lunch times. 

I would raise a glass to what is to come, but my heart is heavy and my coffee cup is quite empty. I have told her I support her decision, and I do support her making decisions but I find this one a little tougher to take than normal. 

The pill is too bitter to swallow. 

From September onward we are going mainstream. 


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