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The curse of the ice cream van

Try as she might, Hurrah for Gin is having no luck persuading her kids that the ice cream van has run out of Mr Whippy...

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"It's always the way - I've been trying to cajole my kids away from the park for about an hour and just as we're about to finally bust a move I hear that familiar tinkle… Inside my stress levels start to rise, but I keep my eyes focused on the task ahead. I don't react. Perhaps they won't notice? HA.

"OOOH what's that lovely sound?" remarks the biggest one.

"I CAN'T HEAR ANYTHING!" I say loudly, trying to block it all out. "ALL I CAN HEAR IS THE SOUND OF US PUTTING EVERYTHING BACK IN THE BUGGY AND GETTING READY TO GO HOME." 

Tuesday's blog of the day: Why I'm an unashamed fan of selfies

Selfies often get a bad press - but they're about more than narcissism, argues The Belle Jar  

selfie"I love your selfies because I love seeing you feel good about yourself. I love how your face glows when you look like a million bucks and you know it. I love seeing you celebrate yourself. It's easy for people to roll their eyes at selfies and make jokes about girls who just want attention, but the truth is that for lots of women, posting pictures of themselves is a way of challenging our culture's narrow beauty standards." 

Friday's blog of the day: Daytrip destinations: forget soft play, head to Ikea

Can't bear the thought of another day at the park? Never fear - Brummy Mummy of 2 has a raft of alternative suggestions for keeping your little'uns occupied

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"1) Make crap things seem fun 

Near my house there was a big tree cutter machine taking down all the local trees (hey, who needs trees to make inner city Birmingham look nice eh?). For three days, we walked down. Every. Day. And stood there and watched. My son was transfixed and screamed with joy. So often a good walk around will mean you may stumble upon something that to you may be sad for the environment but happy for your toddler."


Thursday's blog of the day: Stupid things people say to you when you have all girls 

Mojo Blogs has three daughters - and the comments she's received have ranged from mildly amusing, to unoriginal, to downright sexist

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"1. Girls are SO much easier than boys!
OH ARE THEY? I don't think you have met my children and furthermore, you could just say "girls are easier than carpet" or "girls are easier than mashed potato" because it doesn't mean a thing to someone who has ALL GIRLS.

2. I bet you guys have so many clothes!
We do because there are five of us in the house. We each have 12 tutus, all our tights are pink and everything has glitter. EVERYTHING." 

Wednesday's blog of the day: 'The bowl of crap', and other design features of my house

Instead of arty prints and tasteful scatter cushions, Northern Dad's house is decorated with an array of tat - and he's not impressed

bowl of crap"The overstuffed bowl of crap is full of all the things you need to keep handy in case of an emergency, such as a red stapler with no staples in it, just in case I want to pretend to staple something. One snap card, a Peppa Pig purse you can't fit anything in and a plastic tray of grapes. The grapes appear from nowhere. They burst onto the scene somewhere between the hours of 4 and 5pm on Wednesdays. I am planning to stake out all entrances next week so that I can spot the leak in my defences and then block up their point of entry."

 

Last updated: 06-May-2015 at 11:03 AM