Half Term Tornado


Mum can I play out now, can I go the park?

Mum can all my friends come in, what time will it be dark

Can I have some biscuits, where’s my footy kit

No! I’m not coming shopping, BORING isn’t it

I don’t want my tea yet, I’m busy playing out

No one else has to go in, you can hear him shout

He’s in the door, he’s out the door, a tornado as I said

But the one big consolation is, he’s tired out ready for bed.


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Teens: What time is bedtime?

Teens, what time is bedtime?

Right! The teen has returned from his USA trip, after 3 days in LA and 4 in New York the jet lag has set in. Luckily he has another week off school to recover, not that school is in his thoughts at all.

Trying to get a teen in or out of bed is a challenge in itself, at the minute he is asleep half the day and awake half the night, he needs to get back to routine.

Since my son was born he has had a set bedtime, it was so easy when he was too young to know or care about time. As the years went on bedtime was set later but we still stuck to a routine.

Recently we had a ‘bedtime’ conversation. We, the ‘old fogey’ parents think 9.45 is late enough for a 14-year-old and since his bedroom renovation he now, for the first time, has a TV in his room. It isn’t his dream giant Panasonic TV  but it is a smart TV for playing games and music, this of course will go off at 9.45 too.

Our dilemma is, “Are we too strict, is 9.45 too early?”

This is what the Sleep Foundation say:

Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best (for some, 8 1/2 hours is enough). Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.

This would correspond with the bedtime we set for our son, he needs to be up by 7.30am on school days. We are already compromising by having ‘late nights’ at the weekend and although not recommended this is very common according to further Sleep Foundation information.

So now routine has returned to prepare for school, for the time being we are trying a 9.45 bedtime, lets see how it goes.

What do you think? What time do your young teens go to bed?

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Stress number 8, there’s no toilet roll!


I have just been reading a survey organised by Direct Line: Top 10 everyday incidents that cause the most stress.

Not surprisingly half of the 2000 people asked said,  ‘not being able to sleep’ was their biggest worry, putting it at the top of the list.

Here’s the stress list, do you agree?

1. Not being able to sleep (46 per cent)

2. Losing your keys (37 per cent)

3. Being stuck in traffic when already late (35 per cent)

4. Losing an important paper or document (33 per cent)

5. Nowhere to park (32 per cent)

6. Printer not working when you need to print something (31 per cent)

7. Running out of battery on your phone whilst out (31 per cent)

8. Discovering you are out of toilet roll whilst on the loo (30 per cent)

9. Dealing with machine operated customer service (26 per cent)

10. Forgetting your bank card when paying for an item (25 per cent)

As you can see they’re all first world problems, number 8 made me laugh but I would have put number 5 ‘Nowhere to park’ as my top.

What would be yours?

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Our stay at YHA Conwy


As the good weather is getting closer I thought it worth re-posting this holiday idea.

Last summer we went away to Wales. We always go to Wales as we love it even though it’s not a million miles away from where we live. We’ve stayed in hotels, cottages, caravans and lodges but this time we stayed somewhere different, it was part of the Youth Hostel Association.

Now immediately I was shocked, I like a bit of luxury, of course all in the quest for my Cheshire Wife status. Even when we hire a caravan it’s a Platinum or some such hierarchy. This is how they describe YHA Conwy…

Overlooking Conwy with spectacular views of Snowdonia, the castle and the beach, YHA Conwy is the ideal comfortable base for anyone wanting to explore this stunning area of Wales!  If you want to explore North Wales, YHA Conwy is perfectly located for families, groups or anyone wanting access to nearby coastal resorts or Snowdonia. 10 minutes walk from the centre, this modern hostel is on a hill just outside the historic walls and enjoys panoramic views of Conwy’s medieval castle. Large communal areas and good food at this newly licensed site. All rooms are en suite.                                                                 This description is spot on and in addition the evening view of the Castle which is lit up is exceptional.

I didn’t take a photo of the building itself, this one isn’t architecturally pretty, but the enclosed grounds are safe and perfect for letting children play outside as you sit on one of the patios relaxing with your favourite drink and admiring the view.


After  each day of sightseeing and lovely walks we returned to relax at the centre.  There is a games room, a large dining room with views over the grounds and a lounge area to one side.  If you don’t want to meet an amazing mix of people, there is a library and some quieter parts in the building. We met some lovely people and a pool tournament was organised one evening and a football match in the grounds for the next.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it.  There is also a TV room and I’m happy to say it was always EMPTY.

Apparently there are amazing YHA places around the country from remote Country houses and Castles to city centre pads, and they seem to be a little known holiday gem regarding cost and locations. I would definitely go YHA again which means I’m still on the rungs of that Cheshire Wife ladder.


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Hide & seek is wasted on kids

#Wicked Wednesdays


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