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Bullying…. Or not?

Published 12/11/2013 by RiceysWifey

It’s a question I’ve often asked myself where my children are concerned. You see when I was at school, there didn’t seem to be *bullies*, there was just the “hard girls/boys”. I admittedly was a “hard girl or so they all thought. I mean I could hold my own… I had a older brother, so naturally I had to fight him.. And win!

So when it comes to my children I’m
Never sure if it is bullying or just “normal” children’s behaviour.

Today I had a call from another mum at the school. My eldest boys school. I’ve known this mum for roughly eight years, our daughters are the same age, their in fact in the same tutor group in year 11. She informed me her son had been given £2.00 by my son and didn’t know why(?). At this particular time I was stood in the middle of a freezing cold field, watching my eldest son doing his cross country race that he represents his school for. So I told her I would chat to Him and see what he said then call her back later on. She was fine, just wanted answers, as did I.

After the run, we were in traffic and I approached the subject in a non threatening way. By threatening I mean

I have to keep this calm
Or he is going to think he’s being told of

way. So I simply said… Have either (I had both my boys with me) off you been in your piggy banks recently… My youngest son announced

yes!!! This morning I counted do it and so did he

pointing at his brother. So I waited a response and what I got was a bit, well, where I got this blog from.

yes I did I took £2.10 I thought it was £3.00 but it wasn’t then I have it to the boy at school for his Nan’s ball but it wasn’t enough he told me £5.00 so I have to bring more into school tomorrow but he did give me some cards

then took a HUGE deep breath, almost like a huge relief he had told me.

Now this is my dilema, why is some boy wanting money from my son? Why hasn’t my son told me this previously? Has my son given him more than £2.10? And definitely

I’m gonna flip if my sons being bullied!!!

After a few mins of my processing and gaining composure. I ask all the above questions. When we arrive home, I’m calm and satisfied I’ve reassured my boy he’s not in trouble (apart from sneaking his money) and I phone the other mum back.

Her instinct when I tell her what my son has said was

I’m gonna kill him
He’s a bully oh I’m
So sorry I’ll sort him

I leave it at that. Then 7pm
Comes and bang bang bang on my front door!!! It’s the dad, and the son. Oh great here we go!

After nearly a hour of battling it out! Admissions of maybe bullying were said, apologises made. Hand shake done. And finished.

I wonder if it really was bullying or mis understood intentions? Or just kids being kids?

All I do know is IF it’s repeated, I will have to be less diplomatic, bullies shouldn’t be tolerated, and I for one of the “hard girls” want my kids to be able to stand up and say No this is wrong, I deserve respect and to be treated right! And I shall endeavour to instill the same quality that they treat others the way they want to be treated.

Bank holiday Monday

Published 26/08/2013 by RiceysWifey

Today is bank holiday Monday, and also the start of the last week if the kids school holidays. We decided to make the most of it and head out for the day.

We chose animal farm adventure park in burnham on sea, very close to Weston-super-mare and Brean. All well known holiday places in North Somerset.

The journey takes around a hour for us living in south somerset so easily done. Also on their Facebook page they had a special offer which entitled us to pay only £5 per person, under 2’s free. So a cheap day all in all.

They had animals including horses,goats,rabbits,pigs,reptiles,alpacas,llamas. All of which could be fed by purchasing animal feed at the desk when entering at a cost of £1.30 per bag. we chose not to do this as Lexie is still quite young and this was her first big experience of petting animals.








They also had several play areas, such as a fort themed play area, a mining for gold area (which was pretty rubbish), trampolines,go karts,ride on tractors,bouncy castle and a huge indoor barn play centre all within close proximity. Along with a zip wire … Which the kids enjoyed , despite the look on Nicks face !







The also have several *special guests* who appear everyday during the summer holidays … Today’s special guests were Ben & Holly from Ben and Holly’s little kingdom children’s television programme.



Lexie was absolutely mesmerised by actually seeing them for real!

All in all a fab few hours out, not a full day but a good four hours!

The Boys Room

Published 07/04/2013 by RiceysWifey

Well it was time to sort our boys room out. Basically their bedroom is a box room…. Roughly 8ft x 7ft max! Obviously I have two boys aged 6+5 so they needed some space.

For the past five years they’ve had bunk beds and a toy box in their room, we literally couldn’t fit anything else in there 😔

So when flicking through images on google to try solving the issue of space I came across photos of people’s kids rooms that have them space. The idea was simple in my eyes lol in chris’s a totally ball ache to put it bluntly.

The idea: build two high sleeper beds in a L shape across the longest wall behind the door (where original bunk beds were situated) and the other across the window wall. This of course would mean the width way bed cutting out some of the window when it was in place. With some very clever thinking from chris here’s how it turned out !!!




As you can see it is rather high!! The bis can sit up (just) move around and there is a second bar across the window put on place just to make sure Callum doesn’t fall out the other side of his bed into the window sill!

The other thing we wanted to achieve on top of giving them the floor space to play on but obviously needed storage solutions as well! So here’s wat we came up with.


Not completely finished as we’ve had to order some oil cloth (shown in next picture) and some foam cut to size for the lids to create a seating area when their closed. There’s space for Callum & Nicks clothing and a huge space for their toys! Here’s the fabric ….


All the wood is going to be painted a deep blue colour to contrast the really ice blue coloured walls! I will update when completely finished!!

It’s a good job my husband is a very clever engineer 😉


Published 24/02/2013 by RiceysWifey

Ok…. Poo… What is it with boys and the word poo, or even fart! It’s all we ever hear at the moment their actually obsessed by the words!


Nick; fart face
Callum : don’t call me fart face poo head
Nick: I’m not a poo head

Both in fits of giggles at this point! I’m just sat shaking my head! Is this normal for boys? I only have a older girl but I honestly don’t remember her being so revolting! It’s not just a one of *poo head* comment it’s a back & forth argument with laughter thrown in! We tell them constantly *dont say that it’s rude* they just look at us blankly like we’re aliens or something.

It’s only when one/both get sent to their rooms that it stops…. For five mins anyways!

Boys are discusting!

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