I cuddled you as children died a few miles away

Ktay Pearson, Sonny Jim, #whatkatydid, #mummyandsonny, cuddles

Curled up safe – as horror unfolded in Manchester

My sweet boy,

As the bomb at Manchester Arena detonated on Monday night, you had just woken up.

As I shushed you and cuddled you, other mothers were finding themselves in a living nightmare.

As you eventually went back to sleep, tucked up in bed with me, news of the deaths of little ones, just a few years older than you was starting to spread.

When we woke it was to the horror that 22 people were dead – that a pop concert, that was packed with youngsters, had been targeted by terrorists.

I’ve been cuddling you just a touch tighter ever since. Continue reading

By the sea we mustn’t forget to raise little swimmers

Katy Pearson, seaside, Sonny Jim, #whatkatydid, #mummyandsonny

Starting him young – I want Sonny Jim to be sea safe

What are the most important lessons we teach our children?

Don’t talk to strangers. Look both ways before you cross the road. Don’t tell lies.

How about learning to swim?

As the weather (finally!) starts warming up again, and Whit Monday and the summer holidays inch ever closer, we’re likely to be making the most of our beaches with our little ones.

And with all the fun to be had by the shore, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous it can be.

Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. More than 400 people accidentally drown in the UK every year – that’s one every 20 hours. Continue reading