Widowed parents

Ideas to help children celebrate their dad’s birthday

The 19th of November is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. In honour of the great work done by organisations working with bereaved children, here is an article from our archives, first published in Issue 2 of Widows and Widowers magazine. There is also a list of  organisations that support bereaved children, at the end of the post.   Ideas to help children celebrate their dad’s birthday … Continue reading Ideas to help children celebrate their dad’s birthday

Give and take with the in-laws

Parents-in-law want to feel that their experience is recognised and all their hard work in raising a family is appreciated. We want to be recognised as fellow grown-ups with plenty experience of our own thank you, and to have our own sacrifices noted once in a while.   Those are the basics. On top of that, your mother-in-law might want to have your children live … Continue reading Give and take with the in-laws

Different attitudes across the generations

The elders and youngsters in my family have each handled the death of my husband quite differently. And my approach has been different to both of them. But it turns out that I’m not an island of reasonableness in a sea of eccentrics. We’re just living in a time when there are big differences between the generations.   I lazily think of us as three … Continue reading Different attitudes across the generations

Us Minus Mum

Book award: Us Minus Mum

Us Minus Mum is about two boys, their dog and their mum who is dying of a brain tumour. It has just won the first ever UK Literacy Association Highly Commended 7-11 Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.   The author is Heather Butler and you can read more about the book, including an extract, on her website http://www.heatherbutler.info/my-books/us-minus-mum/ Continue reading Book award: Us Minus Mum