Halloween parenting

I followed a ghost, a sparkly witch and a bat who waddled around like ET around our village this evening on the quest for sugar.

I am a Mum who has to grab precious moments with the children as much as possible – in the fight against the return of Monday and diminishing annual leave. My 3 year old son proudly spread his arms to display his bat costume and steadfastly wore his face mask knowing that if he said trick or treat he would get some yummy treats. My heart just melted all over again.

Meanwhile my daughter was re-arranging her ghost costume to something that resembled a toga as she was fed up of trying to co sums sweets through a small hole cut through cloth. 

We finished off with a drink I our local – or half of the pub with adults drinking, the other half of children ‘sugaring’ and then swirling round in high octane fuelled games of hide and seek.

I called time in Halloween when I saw my son nodding off over a half eaten packet of chocolate mini biscuits.

I love being a parent.

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Hurrah for Bond girl 2015

Just seen Spectre thanks to my mother babysitting.

These are the reasons why I think Spectre is the best Daniel Craig Bond film:

– It has a plot that is easy to follow (unlike Quantum)

– the heroine saves JB from death (just when we had given up on her unconscious on the train floor)

– the heroine actually has a figure! 

– Hurrah for Bond girls (the nice ones) whooping some ass WITH some ass!

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Halloween – why we love it

What is t about Halloween that is so fun for kids?

We had a Halloween party today and the children had fun eating donuts suspended from an oar with their hands behind their backs. They then did apple bobbing then tried to eat sweets from a plate covered in flour. Finally they searched blindfolded for chocolate eclairs hidden in a bowl of spaghetti hoops.

They then went bananas primal screaming and running round the house on a sugar rush.

The adults enjoyed it too…

As we approach Halloween, bear in mind that an asteroid will be coming quite close to Earth on the bewitching night according to this fellow blogger’s post.

This blog is for UNICEF.

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On a journey with Professor Green

Last night on BBC 3, Professor Green openly talked about his Dad’s suicide and the sad fact that most people that commit suicide in the UK are middle-aged men.

He identified part of the problem is the stigma attached to having suicidal thoughts. Also that men of a particular generation clam up their feelings rather than addressing them.

It’s an important issue that needs to be addressed to stop people ending their lives as a result of psychological entrapment – feeling there is no other way to address problems.

This interesting blog post talks about case studies of people in America who came close to death through suicide attempts. It gives an excellent insight into why they took such a tragic decision, yet escaped with their life.

This blog is for UNICEF.

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The minimum of minimum

I remember when the minimum wage was £3.20. It was bad enough then.

15 years on the wage is still not enough to cover the basics, especially not for a family – this story is interesting:

Crackdown highlights enforcement challenge

In light of the “naming and shaming” this week of 115 companies that failed to pay workers the minimum wage, the FT considers how the government plans to enforce George Osborne’s ‘national living wage’, which starts next year. So far, the government has relied on HMRC to enforce the minimum wage, but the national living wage could prove more of a challenge. The number of people paid the minimum wage is set to surge by 65% in April to more than 2.5m, when the new legal rate of £7.20 an hour kicks in. In light of this, the government is to create a director of labour market enforcement to co-ordinate the various agencies (including HMRC) that deal with non-compliance. Financial Times
How do people survive on less than £7? It’s shocking.

And as for tax credits….

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What’s important to people is not the same for Government

There are times in life when you feel like, on the whole, things are good. When it comes to being a family, two things are important than the rest – health and happiness. The problem with this is both are so fragile and unpredictable. 

The anxiety inducing thing about life is you never know what is around the next corner. One minute everything is fine, within the next it could be devastated. 

This is the tough thing about being a parent – you don’t dare count your blessings.

But what you can do is savour the moment and hope you will have many more moments.

This is universal regardless of religion, culture, country of origin and anything else that distinguishes one human being from another. What is wrong is that this right to health and happiness is not universal.

Which is why charities, such as UNICEF, exist to protect vulnerable children. If you asked any charity what was the biggest threat to happiness and health they would respond with poverty. If you asked any global charity what could be done to tackle poverty they would answer ‘fight climate change’. 

Yet this is low down the priority list of most Governments. In the UK it s even further down the list. According to them, what will really save lives and protect people’s wellbeing is reducing the deficit.

Makes complete sense if you are George Osborne, or a Tory voter.

As you have guessed by now, this blog is completely for Unicef and completely against the conservatives.

Thanks for reading.