Toddler temper tantrums

Until recently, I was under the misguided impression that I was a decent parent. But recently, my 3-year-old daughter has been… well… a handful. And that’s putting it mildly. Every time we collect Mabel from nursery, we learn that she’s scratched, pushed, pinched, or bitten another child. At home, she’ll be dancing merrily, then 10 … Read more

Born in a bomb shelter

My granddad was born in a bomb shelter. During WW2. In Germany. His father, a German soldier, didn’t survive. His mother married an English soldier and move to the West Midlands. Granddad rarely went to school. He was bullied. The “krout” who couldn’t speak English. So he played football instead. Became a mean 6’4″ centre … Read more