Parenting little boys: 5 tips that I’ve learnt along the way.

My son is 16. He is a kind, sensitive, hard working and funny; a man-boy. I love that he is beginning to go out into the world with curiosity, awareness (well as much as we could give him) and wonder. However, it has been a challenge at times! All children can be tricky to parent but, having taught many, many children, there can be a difference between boys and girls. Not always, but sometimes, they need different things just as first borns or the youngest may do too. I do believe in treating boys and girls the same but just sometimes they need a different approach. With this in mind, here are my top 5 tips for parenting boys.

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Six on Saturday: Lazy summer days.

Here are my 6 for this Saturday. It rained yesterday which was so wonderful and I actually danced outside! We have enjoyed a busy weekend so sorry this post is a little late! The weather is still wonderfully sunny and hot and we have been enjoying the outside. The garden is looking really stunning at the moment and I would like some more rain to keep it that way!

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How can I get my child to do what I’ve asked? 5 top tips for developing cooperation.

Getting children to do what they’ve been asked can be totally infuriating! “She just won’t listen!” Or “I’m sure my son hears me but totally ignores me!” Being a parent is such a hard job at times but there are things that we can do, as parents, to help teach cooperation and here are my top tips. I hope they prove useful to you.

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July #MyGloriousGardens link party.

I’m back! Thank you so much to Ann for giving me some time to write reports and sort out my other job!


Ann blogs over at Gardening limited and guess what? She’s decided to Cohost with me forever! Whoop! Whoop! How fabulous is that? So now you have two lovely ladies running this amazing link party and two sets of reasons to join in! Ann is a Pinterest queen so all posts will get twice the amount of linky love. 💕

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Six on Saturday: Please send water…..

It’s boiling hot here in Wiltshire and we haven’t seen a drop of rain for a month now. My water butts are almost dry and, even though the sunshine is wonderful, a rain shower would be very welcome right now! The garden is loving the sunshine and has grown loads although my rose blooms are only lasting a day which is a real shame. The poor lawn is suffering badly but you can actually see the growth in my vegetables now, daily. I haven’t had much luck with vegetables in the past so I’m proud of my little plot!

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Great Chalfield Manor Gardens in the heat of June.

The wonderful thing about a National Trust Card is that you can pop to any property, event or garden whenever you have a moment and that’s exactly what we did to visit Great Chalfield Manor.  It was a blistering hot day in June and we had a spare few hours so decided to head over to Great Chalfield near Melksham, to see the gardens.

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