Category Archives: Beta Mum’s Blog

The ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC… and then ran away from the BBC too.

Homework

Ton, ta, tes… Mon, ma, mes… Which is it? And why? Questions from my newly blazered, secondary school boy. Questions I am delving deep into the greying recesses of my mind to answer. The “Which is it?” is easier than … Continue reading

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Menagerie a trois

We’ve recently acquired a rabbit, and with the two guinea pigs, that makes a crowd. We’re constantly being told about the benefits of keeping pets – they minimise the risk of developing allergies, lower our blood pressure and teach children … Continue reading

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Primary politics

Political activism is alive and well in rural Jersey – albeit in the under-11s. My daughter wants to start a Facebook campaign to Save Gas Place Car Park. It’s not that she has anything against trees, she’s just worried the … Continue reading

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Mother’s Hour

This year I’m renaming Mother’s Day. Not as a British protest vote against the Americanisation of Mothering Sunday. And not as a way to decide, once and for all, where the apostrophe goes… Mother’s Day? Mothers’ Day? But as a … Continue reading

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Privacy settings

Now the festive storm has passed, we can spend our downtime trying to navigate the multiple functions on our shiny new cameras, phones and laptops. They all seem to do much more than anyone could need in a human lifespan. … Continue reading

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A question of Christmas

Christmas is looming large and loud in our house. Lists are dotted about the kitchen in unnaturally tidy handwriting, featuring ponies, playmobil, i-phones and other expensive electronic gadgetry. The home-made advent calendar has been patched up ready to hold 24 … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night?

As the prospect of Christmas shopping threatens to crowd out the hazy fragments of summer memories, I decide to surprise the children with a question. “What do you prefer,” I say, nonchalantly, “Hallowe’en or Bonfire night?” As I utter the … Continue reading

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It must be love…

It was nearly a year ago that Ben (now ten) had his first brush with childhood romance. Her name was Sandra and she’s in his class. It lasted a few weeks, the summer holidays intervened and on their return to … Continue reading

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e-safety

I thought it was time to check how savvy my children are about staying safe online. They don’t really use the computer to talk to their friends yet, but they do play on Club Penguin, which has moderated chat rooms … Continue reading

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Work Experience

I had to take Ben to work a few weeks ago. It was just for an hour in between clashing delivery timetables – delivery of children to after-school activities, not babies into the world. I know 9 isn’t 2, and … Continue reading

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