Hamleys Christmas Parade, Northcote Road Christmas Lights & Market and Wimbledon Art Fair: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

  Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! I have given in.  The heating is on.  I love a chunky knit while the rest of the family shivers away, bravely asking about the heating only for me to suggest they go and find a warming yarn.  But there comes a time when the Gas Man is winking at me (a bit like the Tax Man in late January...) saying, go on, you know you want to, as the draughts sweep in under doors and down chimneys.  So … [Read more...]

Warning: Mum in attempted Balham kidnapping. Christmas present ideas. Festive lights switch on times!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, I love almost everything about Christmas! The parties, the family gatherings, the lights and, whisper it, even the John Lewis and M&S adverts. However, if there is one thing I would change, it's the children's present dilemma. Are they too young for phones? Is an Xbox inappropriate?  Will Mr NappyValleyNet insist that Farah Slacks belong on his Christmas list? The list goes on and on and children are VERY adept at piling on the pressure. If I … [Read more...]

The Independent Schools Show in Battersea Park, Ritherdon Road Winter Fair and Nurturing Mums in Balham: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Nobody knows how cold my toes, how cold my toes can get watching netball/rugby/hockey/any of the above. But there's no doubt that bracing, bright mornings get me moving about as well as a double espresso. Add a big blue sky and crunchy leaves underfoot and whether you're walking the dog, strolling with the stroller, chasing the children or kicking leaves romantically, it's a good day. And … [Read more...]

I slapped my husband – advice please. Local resident discounts for Winterville? Lots of Mother-in-laws not invited for Xmas

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, We're currently negotiating with our youngest over the possibility of a new pet. She wants a horse, I want a hamster and we'll probably settle somewhere in between. Well that's what I thought until discussions took a decidedly weird twist last week. My daughter announced that she'd settle for a smaller animal but only the condition that she could choose the name. And if we refused her that name then she could have another, larger, animal. So … [Read more...]

Win tickets to Battersea Park Fireworks, Glorious Game at Skylark and The Independent Schools Show: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

  Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! School's back, but not for everyone, and so this corner of London town still feels ever so slightly 'at ease'.  At ease, that is, before the Christmas fair, Christmas concert, Christmas presents, Christmas planning, Christmas parties and finally, Christmas.  There, I've said it (several times).  Think of it as a kind of therapy.  If you're looking for ideas or want to share your party … [Read more...]

How to stop mother-in-law visiting at Xmas? Legal to shoot down a neighbours drone? Northcote lights get one step closer!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, "And what about shops and restaurants?" We were on our way to Devon and travelling in a convoy of cars down the M5. We'd decided to stop at the next services and one car, a good five or so minutes ahead, had already pulled in and was calling with news of where we might eat. "There is a Costa, McDonald's and a Spar," boomed the reply over the handsfree, which brought shrieks of delight from the backseat but especially from my eldest. Five minutes … [Read more...]

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show, Nurturing Mums Postnatal Course on Northcote and Halloween fun (mwwahhahahah): Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Half term can be packed with unexpected surprises.  Like a quick trip to Balham for a few odds and sods that turned into a Halloween extravaganza in Poundland, followed by sushi for lunch after a sampling lady accosted us in the supermarket and the children found they had a taste for it...For slightly less impromptu surprises, or simply for ideas and regular activities, our calendar is right … [Read more...]

Nannies overworked and underpaid? Northcote Rd. Christmas lights update. Helping new widowed friend?

     Dear NappyValleyNetter, "Is Northcote Road over the river?" I was meant to be meeting my mother for coffee on the well-known Nappy Valley thoroughfare. Although normally content to ride the 319, my ever enthusiastic husband haddecide she should experience a famous ride-sharing app before TFL banned it for good. So he tapped in an address into his phone and waved her off. And then she called to say she was enjoying the journey but … [Read more...]

Half term fun, The Dessert Deli’s Sunday Roast Pop-Up and Yolo Teeth’s new class: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Half asleep, half awake, half dressed, even half cut (occasionally), and now, half term.  You made it.  Whether the week, or two (or three in some cases - overlapping issues) is harder to organise than normal, at least a change is as good as a rest.  Or so they say.  Wherever you are and whatever you have in mind, make good use of our calendar and all its daily goings-on.  From clubs and … [Read more...]

Library incident: help find boy. Spike in prestige (posh!) car thefts! How much pocket money?

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, "And that's how 360 degree feedback works!" The children looked at Mr NVN with very blank faces but he elected to press on. "So to help stop all the arguments about bedtime/screen-time/not-doing-homework-time we can all write down how we feel about each other on a piece of paper, mix them all up and then discuss it in a group." He'd heard about this technique at work and thought it might be an interesting exercise at home. And if by interesting he … [Read more...]

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