Friendly Neighbourhood Spider Heroes

Last year was the first time Iris recommended a book to me (see previous post https://thereadingmum.com/2019/08/09/two-in-one/). Unsurprisingly, she has not repeated this until recently. Why unsurprisingly? As much as she loves reading, she is also a tad lazy and prefers books that don't tax her as much. The upshot of this is that she often... Continue Reading →

Our Home

I try to make good gift choices for the small people in my life. Especially now. No plastic, nothing disposable, no craft items that will just get binned in the end. (Of course I still sometimes succumb to the singing, laying chicken, but that's more to annoy the unfortunate parents). The best gifts IMO are... Continue Reading →

Oldies, Goodies, or Just Plain Weird

As a mum, I've made more of an effort to read with Iris the children's classics that I myself missed as a child. These include Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, The Railway Children and most recently, Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies. Most of these have proven worthy of their "classics" mantle. However, you come... Continue Reading →

Being True to Oneself

I have to admit, I was in two minds about Pippi after reading the first book. She struck me as arrogant, conceited, inconsiderate and belligerent. This was especially after reading the circus scene. Her complete disregard for authority was rather grating to me as a parent. However, I also had to admit that she was... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden

Major milestone unlocked: The Sleepover. In this day and age, sleepovers can be a bit of a taboo subject. Especially with all the paedophilia horror stories running rampant in the media. However, having enjoyed sleepovers so immensely in my own childhood, I would feel a bit hypocritical to have a blanket rule of no sleepovers.... Continue Reading →

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