Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Baby, toddler, pre-teen, teen and now my baby is preparing to leave home

Seventeen years ago, with two weeks to go before my daughter was due, I was setting up the baby furniture and filling the drawers with baby clothing. I remarked to my husband that one day, some years away still, I would be packing for her departure to university.

Let me warn you. I am a soppy Mum. I cried when she started nursery. I cried when she started school. I cried on the day she left the pre-prep department to move to the prep department. I have had many other cries in between too. How is it that children grow so quickly? A cliched question but one that must baffle parents all over the world.

The time which I have dreaded is looming large. My daughter is in her A-level year and will be attending university in September 2017. Yes, it may be a year away but out of all the rites of passage that she has gone through this is THE one that I am dreading. A home without her presence will be an empty nest. She fills it with noise, laughter and strife. Even the cat loses its' will to live when she goes away for sleepovers. Heaven knows how it will cope when she goes away.

As a mother I am constantly being told that I ought to be proud of her spreading her wings and that flying the nest is what children do in order to gain independence. Stuff that! My answer is that I don't clip her wings at home and independence is more an inner state of being rather than a physical condition which requires one to lug one's bags all the way to the train station, wave goodbye to everything that one holds dear and, finally, to arrive in a strange place which one must immediately call 'home'.

In the last few weeks we have started doing 'open days' at universities. Much like choosing the first school for your child this experience is akin to choosing the last school for your kid. Sitting through presentations and question and answer sessions I wonder whether this will be the last time that I actually help my daughter make a decision. Once awash with her new independence will she seek my views?

If I sound to you like some sort of clingy mum who can't let go then you are reading me correctly. Don't tell me to find new things to do with my life either because, as things stand, I can't find the time as it is to do what I want to do. Nope. Nothing is going to compensate for the next new phase in life.

PS. Photos of my daughter as a baby, aged 3 and in Year 4 (right hand photo)


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Win a ticket to a fabulous blogger conference

The FunFest Blogger Summit, a family-friendly blogger conference and brand ambassador exhibition,  is now celebrating its second year on Saturday, September 10th at the fabulous Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire.

Whether you’re a mum, dad, grandparent or a general lifestyle blogger, the event has something to offer you, providing bloggers from across the UK the opportunity to learn from peers and media experts, attend masterclasses on growing audience figures, meet top toy brands looking for brand ambassadors and tips to make money from blogging.

Ahead of the event,  a free family ticket is available (worth £50). The family ticket will allow a blogger,partner and children free access to the days proceedings, including lunch and refreshments, and that all-important goody bag at the end of the day! A chance that you don't want to miss. 

Simply send your details to darrell.carter@mimrammedia.com and include the names of those that you’d like to bring with you.

This offer closes on Thursday 8 September at 4 pm when the winning entry will be selected. Darrell Carter will contact the winner.  

Monday, 5 September 2016

A family friendly FunFest Blogger Summit - tickets still left

The summer may be drawing to a close but there is one silver lining on the horizon for bloggers in the form of a family friendly blogger conference. The Funfest Blogger Summit 2016 is being held on 10 September in Whittlebury Hall , Northamptonshire.

There are still tickets left and here are some good reasons for you to attend:

1. An array of top brands across a variety of toy and entertainment firms will be looking for blogger brand ambassador partners. Companies seeking opportunities with bloggers include 'The Entertainer', 'Jumbo Games', 'Insect Lore' and 'ICB Toys'. For a full listing of company names please click on this link. 

2.   The day is structured to begin with a conference in the morning and, after lunch, the expo will open. The morning conference sessions will cover a number of topics for bloggers including how to create a successful partnership with brand names, a session on 'An Invasion of Privacy?  Should you be featuring your children in your content?' and the growing popularity of VOD . There is plenty more listed in the conference agenda. 

3. Meet up with other bloggers and swap ideas in the 'networking lounge' which will be a relaxed and informal environment

4. Bring your kids! A 'children's zone' will be set up to help parents enjoy the morning conference session safe in the knowledge that their children are having fun too. The event is all about fun, so why should the kids miss out!

5. Children will play a crucial part too in helping their blogger parents pick the best of show brands and products which will culminate in an award ceremony.

The Funfest blogger summit is for all bloggers and is suitable for both beginner or those who have been blogging for a number of years. Tickets cost only £20.

Join in the conversation on https://twitter.com/funfestuk and https://www.facebook.com/funfestuk