Parenting ‘quiet’ kids: with the help of Susan Cain and Quiet Revolution

My daughter, and son, are both ‘quiet’ kids.   I know that sounds like an oxymoron.  The words ‘quiet’ and ‘child’ aren’t exactly two words you’d put together, right?  What I mean is, they’re not boisterous, loud, on the go, ‘out there’ kids.  We all know those.  And they’re most likely extroverts.QuietRevQuote

Ok, my son definitely has his moments when he can’t stop talking and can be very very funny.  But overall, and most definitely out in public, they’re both reserved, deferent of adults, the last to start a conversation. Basically, quiet.   This doesn’t mean they’re not sociable.  On the contrary, they love company; they were never the type of child to hide behind my legs when someone came to the door.  But when in company, they will always be the responders, not the initiators.

In this respect they are their father’s children.  Put it this way, if you met me and my kids without my husband, you’d wonder if I’d adopted them. My extrovert, talk-to-anyone personality is what prompts the regular label of ‘Embarrassing Mum’!

So it’s not hard to imagine my delight at stumbling upon the website Continue reading

Train of thought: London commuting

“‘Ello?” growled the voice to the left of me. “It’s me. Yeah, alright?,” the bloke continued into his phone.  “They tried to nick me for armed robbery.”

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Train of Thought

My eyes jerked open.

It was Friday evening.  I’d escaped the kids and all domestic chores and was blissfully heading into north London to see a play with my Irish cousin and partner.  After a rather intense week of my two putting up with only each other for company, I decided to do some mindfulness meditation based on the Headspace approach (more on that another time). Continue reading