The Golden Girl

While the twins were at my place on Sunday Ellie decided to do her homework!

Its theme was ‘mythology’. She didn’t know what that meant so she asked me and I explained as best as I could.

King MidasShe then went onto google on my PC (under my supervision of course!) and came up with the story of King Midas. I showed her how to click on the link she wanted and before too long she had written 2 sides of an A4 page with the story of King Midas & his ‘golden touch’. It was in her own words too, and not just copied, showing that she had understood the story. I’m a proud Dad!

She needed some help with some of the pronunciation and spelling – I mean how the heck do you pronounce ‘Phrygia’ or ‘Dionyssus’ anyway? I don’t know! It’s all Greek to me!* –  but her comprehension and written account of the story was excellent

    * sorry, couldn’t resist

Yes, it does seems a little strange her choosing to do her homework during the limited time that she has with me. She does love spending time here with her Daddy – that’s what she tells me anyway – but I think I understand. We were still doing something together, which I was enjoying & I which I think she was too. She & Jake however often don’t enjoy the same things, and even when we do all do something together they more often than not compete with each other rather than play together cooperatively. I often find myself having to break up a fight. I imagine that’s not unusual for young boy-girl twins!

When they’re with me they each mostly just want to do something with me and so are competing for my attention. I only see them part of a day on a weekend and one evening after school so we all try to make the most of our time together. It isn’t easy!

Minecraft warriorAnd to be honest Jake and I were engrossed in a series of intense one-on-one Minecraft battles that day, which he’d been preparing and planning for and looking forward to for some time. I said to both of them before they left that next time I was going to spend much more time with Ellie to compensate.

So Ellie was being ‘a good girl’, and she is that, in doing her homework here – but she had also put some thought into her reasons for doing so, which actually makes me think even more highly of her. She explained it to me:

When she’s at ‘home’ (or as I prefer to call it “her other home”) with Mummy she likes to play on the green outside with nearby friends of around her own age. More often than not, she explained, she gets called in from playing to do her homework, which obviously doesn’t usually go down too well in Ellie land! She thought then she’d take advantage of my little home office set-up to do her homework at my place, and then she’d have more time to play with her friends.

Smart girl!

Oh, and my Minecraft battle with Jake? 2-2. We are planning a rematch!

Now there is of course only one way to end this post:


A School Uniform Guide

I’m very excited today to be able to present my first guest editorial:

Believe it or not, it’s already August and that means the school year will be gearing up soon for your children!

If you’re a parent whose children have been to school for a couple of years already then you are probably familiar with the routine by now: school supplies, school uniforms, working up a schedule, and getting in sync with the return to school. But if your child is about to start school for the first time this September then there will be a few things that you’ll have to get used to!


A lot of your school shopping and preparation will come pretty naturally. If you head to Staples, for example, for school supplies your options will be pretty clear: you’ll need pencils, pens, folders, paper, notebooks, etc. This depends of course on your child’s age: for young children, like ours, many of these supplies are already there at the school, & very good they are too!

Where things can get tricky the first time around are with the school uniforms.

On the one hand, shopping for school uniforms has been made relatively easy for parents, in that standard uniform attire is available at Marks and Spencer. On the other hand, when you’re essentially piecing together a brand new wardrobe of pre-approved clothing for your child, it can be easy to forget a few things! So here’s a quick guide for what you’ll need for your child’s school uniform.

  • Shorts & Skirts – Generally, you can purchase multi-packs of standard coloured shorts and skirts, but you may also be able to give your child options depending on school requirements. Cargo shorts and shorts and skirts with pleats can offer some variety.
  • Shirts – A few cotton polos and a few long-sleeved cotton button down shirts should do the trick, in standard colours. Of course, there are specific polo styles for girls and boys. Do yourself a favour as a mum and go for the non-iron fabrics!
  • Trousers – Generally there are a few different fit and fabric options, so determine what’s most comfortable for your son or daughter.
  • Jumpers – Outerwear tends to involve more colour options, so let your child pick a few favourites. A sleeveless sweater for a boy, or tasteful cardigan for a girl can also be appropriate.
  • Athletic Clothing – Standard athletic shirts and shorts are generally included in uniform collections, and be sure to buy some comfortable trainers for your child’s athletic activity as well.
  • Pinafores – For your little girl, a few pinafores can also offer some outfit variety. These too come in various styles to give your child a bit of style flexibility.
  • Blazers – Generally, blazers are options for older children, but at certain schools a blazer might not be a bad idea for your little one.

Of course, other clothing items like socks, underwear, etc. will also be necessary. But as far as standard uniform items, the above listed types of clothing should serve as an adequate guide!

There seems to be a lot more to this ‘going to school’ business that you’d think: I hope this helps!

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