The 7 Habits of a Highly Ineffective Parent

Isn’t it nice how we have access to so many wonderful parenting tips via the media. You can find all sorts of carefully imagined ideas on how to parent your kids effectively. Just type the problem into Google and you are sure to find a mountain of resources! DON’T DO IT!!! Maybe you should never … [Read more…]

I so hate Bedtimes

So this probably isn’t the best time to write… Anger fuelled, border line crazy and tired…it’s just those articles! I read a blog post about some parent’s experience and it’s tipped me over the edge. You know those articles, the ones that are all:  ‘So, I got busy with the housework and was then, like… … [Read more…]

How to Lose Three Children and Gain an Audience!

I have lost children in the park, in the shops, at a farm, at church, at Soul Survivor (a huge Christian festival for teenagers), in the woods, at the beach, in our own home, in school, on holiday…actually I think that pretty much covers everything. I have not lost any children in the car or … [Read more…]

Time with the kids: Quality and Quantity

I recently read an article that stated that parents should spend both ‘quality time’ and ‘quantity time’ with their kids. That we should recognise and balance the two aspects. It suggested that in doing this we would raise happy and secure children. Brilliant – another recipe for the worlds best parent. My husband and I decided … [Read more…]

A Big Decision

So… I am talking about a big decision, one of those which means changing jobs, moving house and uprooting children. Not that this doesn’t apply to those of you making decisions of the smaller kind, it might, but here are my very recent musings on making the bigger scarier decisions. For a year we have … [Read more…]

Some Helpful Tips for Church Hoppers

Here I have attempted to share some useful information to help those of you currently on the hop. I am afraid I have had to limit my information to the three denominations I have spent most time in. The Welcome The Anglican: As you arrive the Welcome team will seem very interested in arranging the 6 … [Read more…]

The Diary of a Vicar’s Wife, Palm Sunday

 Sunday 13th April 2014 I have finally sat down to write in my diary, what a day! My husband decided it would be a lovely idea, this Palm Sunday to bring all our churches together. He felt that a little procession through town would do everyone the world of good. ‘Think of the community spirit’ … [Read more…]

To Give and Take Away…

This is hard writing this, because I am right in the middle of it. Stuck in the thoughts and having my heart tugged, but it feels like it’s the right thing to do! So here I go, over the cliff… I’ll panic later! I have always hated the verse to that Matt Redman song ‘Blessed … [Read more…]

The End of the Nativity (Letter from A Vicars Wife)

Dear Maureen, Thank you so much for your long and informative letter.  You are correct in thinking that the Reverend Richard is rather busy at the moment and I am sure that it was a kind thought to bring your concerns to me rather than him. I was very sad to read that you intend … [Read more…]