books that changed my life

Home Educating Three Children Almost Broke Me but it’s Better than the Mainstream Schooling Alternative and I Wouldn’t Have Life Any Other Way

There is no denying that home educating three children is the hardest thing I’ve ever done (and I’ve had a colourful, interesting past) At this point in our lives though, I honestly would not have it any other way. I appreciate that this might sound like an oxymoron, so let me go back to the start and explain myself. I didn’t set out with the intention of home educating three children. In Sept 2013 my husband and I sent our eldest daughter Polly (who had turned four in the July) to school with good intentions, but she was failed miserably. Sh*t …

Review: Facts! One for every day of the year by Tracey Turner #ad

I’m a little obsessed with sneaking facts into my children, and think there’s a lot to be said for stealth learning. As a home educator I’m always on the lookout for books and resources to help with this. My favourite type of factual information is the bite sized variety, because at 8, 5 and 3 my children are too young to absorb massive chunks of information. Which is why I adore this book from Bloomsbury – Facts! One for every day of the year by Tracey Turner. What’s the book about? Essentially this is a book of 365 exceptionally interesting …

Smartick: Tailored Maths Lessons that Your Children will Love! #ad

Smartick: Tailored Maths Lessons that Your Children will Love! #ad

In light of recent events in our house, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that we’ve been struggling with Polly’s learning. To be honest, it’s been up and down since the Christmas holidays. Which is why I was delighted when the lovely folks at Smartick got in touch, and asked us to review their tutoring site. Smartick is a new maths program that uses the latest artificial intelligence technology to tailor lessons based on the student’s abilities The daily lessons last for around fifteen minutes, which are perfect. Just the right amount of time to hold Polly’s attention, and keep …

Bankrolled by My Husband or Working as a Team? 

Bankrolled by My Husband or Working as a Team? 

I read a really thought provoking article the other day, written by a writer who openly states that she’s being bankrolled by her husband. Ten years ago it was very different story while she worked multiple jobs, whilst married to an addict, and raising three kids. Back then she got precisely zero writing done. Nowadays she’s married to a wealthy man who adores her, and supports her in every way. She writes full time and banged out her last novel in an impressive eight months. She sounds like a true survivor and I was rooting for her throughout the piece. There …