Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Favouritism in schools....It's so unfair!

This post is really hard to write without coming across as a bitter parent....I am slightly but I more angry about the situation that keeps happening again and again.....

Ellie my youngest put her name forward to be a house captain at school. She wrote a speech and read it out in front of the whole school...I was very proud of her. There were 5 kids up for the job but the boy who won the position of house captain was a boy who is already a peer mentor, librarian and milk monitor.....I am really happy for the boy in question as he's a lovely lad but it did make angry at the school and think it's always the same kids getting picked for the big/special things....

This has been going on for years. It's not a new thing. When I was a kid the same thing happened....Those who had parents who worked at the school or who were trouble makers got the special treatment....

When Becky was in primary school there was about 4 or 5 kids who would always get the speaking parts in plays, picked to go on special trips, picked for jobs and awards....They used to say Becky needed more confidence. Maybe if she was given speaking parts or responsibility she would have gained some confidence....

There was a time with Becky when there was something at school (I can't remember what) but Becky turned around and said she didn't want to take part because so and so will get picked....They obviously did win and proved Becky right. 

You can guarantee that if there is say 5 kids picked out for something from Ellie's class it's always the same one's....Those who shout the loudest and have the most confidence....

The peer mentors were picked in the first week back at school....They were voted for by the children. Of course they are the same kids that had the job last year and the year before. It is just a popularity contest and it is not fair for other kids who are a little quieter and may do just as well as the popular kids....

Maybe if the quieter kids were given the chance they would flourish....How are they supposed to gain the confidence if the louder kids are getting all the opportunities....

I get that the quieter kids have to learn to speak up to get what they want but when they are getting pushed down again and again when they are young it knocks what little confidence they have. How is that supposed to set them up for life?

Thankfully Ellie was not too upset that she didn't get the role of the house captain....She took it really well, way better than I expected....When I asked her who got the job she said so and so, Obviously!!! At 10 years old even she can see there is favouritism in the school....It's a shame. 

I am going to have a word with the teacher. I will ask why the same kids get picked for everything and what Ellie can do to be picked for things too. 

I have already made my predictions for who will be awarded learner of the year at the end of the school year in July....hahaha! Now that is me "that bitter parent"

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

We have tried out the Betty Box - Review!

Periods are rubbish but they are part of growing up....Becky my teen has said I am not allowed to talk about her periods but at that time of the month she can get a little grumpy so anything to cheer her up and put a smile on her face is very welcome.....

We were offered a Betty Box to review and I jumped at the chance and saved it for "that time of the month".....

The Betty Box is a monthly subscription service which provides tampons and pads, alongside a beauty and pamper box which consists of a fab selection of products. Anything from makeup to jewellery and cute trinkets. The Betty box is aimed at girls in their teens and the idea is just to make that time of the month a little bit more pleasant!

For £12.99 a month (with free postage) you get everything you need. You can choose from Tampons, pads or have a mixed box. You can choose what brand of sanitary product you want to use. They have Always, Tampax, Lil-lets, Kotex, Bodyform and they come in different absorbency levels which is perfect....

The box comes with 3 boxes inside. One full of treats that I will come to in a moment, one to use at night time and one for later....The pretty bag is to use straight away. They all contain the sanitary products you ordered....

The "For You" box was packed full of treats which included:

3 Monty Bojangles truffles.
Joe & Sephs Popcorn.
A Minifelts iron-on patch.
Trust Fund nail polish.
Bubble T lip balm.
A Stabilo highlighter.
La La Land sticky notes.
2 T-Zone Charcole & Bamboo pore strips.
Chirp hair mask.

When you look at the contents of the "For You" box the £12.99 you pay for a Betty Box looks like a real bargain. The nail polish has a rrp of £12.00, the Minifelt patch is sold for £6.95 and the Bubble T lip balm is sold for £3.00. I think it is a real bargain.

This box is not aimed at me though.....It is aimed at teenagers. So what did my teen think of it? 

She absolutely loved it.....She loved everything about the box. She thought the separate boxes were a good idea and the little bag to keep sanitary products in was great to keep them hidden. She is still at the stage in her life about being embarrassed about her periods.

The box of treats really did cheer her up and make her smile....She thought there was a good mix of things and they were all things she would use too.

I think this will be something we will subscribe to. It is well worth the money and is perfect for my girl.

We were sent The Betty Box free of charge in exchange for out review. This is it!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

Last weeks meal plan went OK until we got to the back end of the week....On Thursday it was chilly so we fancied something warming and went with sausage, mash and beans. So simple but so good....On Friday we had a cheats tea. I bought ready made sandwiches and some cakes and on Saturday we made our own pizza's again....Next time my fella is making mine....His looked amazing! It had chicken, sweetcorn, mushrooms, onions, chilli sauce, spinach & pepperoni and tomatoes on.

The weather has changed so much and summer is well and truly over so we're going to be eating a lot of warming, hearty meals. I love this time of year!

This week on the menu we have:

Tuesday - Lasagne and garlic bread....
Wednesday - A Big baked breakfast I will be adding black pudding too....
Thursday - Beans on toast....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Curry, rice & naan bread.
Sunday - Sausage casserole....

What are you eating this week?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 37 #Project365

This week we seem to have got back into a routine with school and my fella going back to work...The weather has taken a turn for the worse and it is really starting to feel like Autumn which has got me thinking about Christmas. So exciting!

Now for a photo every day!

238/365 - 9th September
I wrapped Becky's birthday presents and left them in the corner of the room....She thought I was torturing her. hehehe

239/365 - 10th September
Becky had a wonderful birthday....I love this jumper. I wish it came in my size. hehehe

240/365 - 11th September
Ellie had great fun marking off what she wanted from the Smyths catalogue....She want's everything. lol

241/365 - 12th September
Porridge for breakfast....She is obsessed with it at the moment.

242/365 - 13th September
Just in from school....She loves having P.E last lesson. She gets to come home in her kit.

243/365 - 14th September
I washed my slippers they were stinking....I don't think they're going to last much longer. A new pair is needed.

244/365 - 15th September
She loves these big bows. I hate them but all the girls at school are wearing them....