I didn’t learn to read using phonics, as a child, so I had no real idea of what all the fuss was about them, and using the phonic method to help children learn to read, until my own children started school. This is a helpful guest post explaining how phonics work and why they are […]READ MORE
This time last year, we made a rather monumental, and life-changing parenting choice. We didn’t share with many people, initially, because we wanted to try and work out how our plan would look, and if it was working then we could share and if it didn’t work, we could go back to what we knew […]READ MORE
The lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook tagged me in The Power of Education – the Education and Parent Blogger Tag created by Freddies’s Mummy something a bit different and an interesting way to see how we all view education and what the future holds for our children. Education for me is the most important thing you can […]READ MORE
Welcome to Spotty’s Sunday. Our little corner of the blog for all things Leopard Gecko. Written by Matthew, with a little help from mum. Spotty is our Leopard gecko who is about 26 weeks old. This week, my mum and I have been talking about how we tell if a leopard gecko is a boy […]READ MORE
Project 365. A photo a day, every day of the year. Because you haven’t had a GrumpyCat photo for a while. This is the face I have made most of this week, one way or another. Layla wears it far better than me. It’s just been one of those weeks. Let’s roll into the next […]READ MORE
*This is a review post. We were very kindly sent a copy of The Little Book of Bob to review* If you have read other books by James Bowen, then this book, The Little Book of Bob – Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat, is worth reading too. When I first read A Street Cat Named […]READ MORE
*This is a collaborative post* My parenthood journey has meant making a fair number of sacrifices as we have had kids, and our priorities have changed a lot. Before we had children, our house seemed to stay clean and tidy, and things rarely got broken or damaged. Once we had childen we realized that sometimes, […]READ MORE
Causes of stress? We all have them. For me, one of the major causes of stress in my life is the tools used to communicate that demand my attention and response. WhatsApp is one of those things. I recently returned from holiday, having had a tech-free break. I didn’t take my work or personal phones […]READ MORE
Project 365. A photo a day, every day of the year. Releasing butterflies. We have been “growing” some, over the summer break and they finally hatched from their chrysalises, a few days ago, and it was warm enough to release them. Today has been rather brutal in a lot of ways, so this was a […]READ MORE
*This is a collaborative post* We all have had to deal with stains on our favorite pants, shirts, or dresses in the past. Some are easier to get rid of than others. Many people have one go-to solution for removing stains. However, depending on the type of stain, you may need to use different substances. […]READ MORE
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Welcome to the Mad House. I originally started this blog, in a blur of sleep deprivation, to get my thoughts and feelings down somewhere, on parenting, second time round, with a baby that had major sleep issues (and not just normal ones) but it has grown and grown. We are now well into our fifth year at the Mad House and you will find blog posts on anything from gardening, to politics, with lots of ramblings on parenting, and also about living with food intolerances. I blog about cows milk and gluten free cooking too.