The Roadshow at Hamptons International, Raising Girls with The Parent Practice and Nurturing Mums on Northcote Road: Your What’s on guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Smiles are slightly broader this week as colourful crocuses pop through grass, temperatures rise and the sun peeks out (occasionally) giving us all a much-needed Vitamin D boost.  While spring is busy springing keep one eye on our calendar, not just to be up-to-date with the latest goings-on but also for posting your own events, classes, fairs, performances and protests. We'll help you spread the … [Read more...]

Can I ‘outsource’ the puberty/s*x chat? Weight loss resistant: help! I’m giving up “Between The Commons

Dear NappyValleyNetter, It was a perfect storm of deliveries. A YODEL van arrived at the same time as a DPD delivery driver just as a neighbour brought round a parcel we'd 'missed'. My family made short shrift of the packaging and soon the living room resembled a cardboard shredding plant as everyone pored over their new purchases. Mr NVN was sporting a new ski jacket, my daughter a pair of salopettes and my sister-in-law holding a blouse up to the mirror. My very young niece … [Read more...]

Go Wild at Flip Out, Chinese Lantern Making at Wandsworth Town Library and 30% off at London Fashion Week Festival: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

  Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Half term.  How's it going?  Dubious music choices on the radio?  Running round from A to B and then onto C and D, perhaps with an extra couple of children in tow? Diplomacy and negotiation skills being stretched to their limits so that you're considering a career change as a police negotiator?  Or perhaps you're enjoying the later mornings and the lack of homework, the mountains or the … [Read more...]

Vicar needs help! Child is a ‘biter’ – help. Five new restaurants! Pox vaccine? Baby’s first hair cut!

Dear NappyValleyNetter, We've never had a vicar ask for advice before! So when Tif, the new 'Priest in Charge' of St Michael's Church, posted on NappyValleyNet we simply HAD to make it our lead story. Welcome Tif and I hope we can help! Right, I'm off to fire up the DVD player; I've a sudden hankering for some of Dawn French's finest sitcoms! (read more)   Here is what you've been talking about on NappyValleyNet: I need to start this week with an apology. Last week I … [Read more...]

Fondue Night at Skylark, Baby First Aid with First Aid for Life and an NCT Welcome Event: Your What’s On activity guide from

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! It's a short month this one with two key dates - Valentine's Day with the opportunity for spoiling, eating, giving and receiving sweet tokens of love (and chocolate), and Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, flipping fun for the whole family with more chance for chocolate, and also the moment to declare what you're giving up for the next 40 days. Chocolate, perhaps.  And half term hits most of us … [Read more...]

Tube station phoned me to collect child. Has “Milk” in Balham closed? Can I knock two houses…

Dear NappyValleyNetter, "I'm getting a pony!" My daughter, barely able to contain her excitement, was running around the living room, waving her mobile and pointing at the text she'd just received. I did want to join her in celebrations but bearing in mind a) we live in a very small house and b) it was news to me, I figured I needed to do a little digging before running off to buy tack (especially as I wasn't sure if that was the horsey name for a saddle or an 18th century ship's … [Read more...]

Half term plans, Flip Out fun and the NCT Nearly New Sale: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! February. How?  Maybe it's best not to ask. It seems the older I get, the faster it goes. Hurtling towards half term, some will be packing for the slopes, others for winter sun, and many simply bedding down to carry on with life as we know it in Nappy Valley.  As ever, there's more fun and games for the children than you can shake a scooter at.  Make good use of our calendar to help you get ahead. … [Read more...]

I have a favourite child: help! Builders mess up: husband too tall for extension! Low self-esteem: advice?

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  "Boggle!"  I wasn't sure if it was an invitation or an exclamation but Mr NVN seemed in a chipper mood as he banged a rather battered box containing the classic word game onto our living room table.  "Just picked it up," he said "the kids will love it plus it'll help with their English and stuff."  The children, who were sat on the sofa next to me did not look convinced.  "Did you find it in a skip?" I asked, it was a very very tatty box.  Bought it in a charity … [Read more...]

NCT Nearly New Sale, Kula Yoga & Wellbeing exclusive offer & half term fun: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Brrr. While we brace ourselves against the Arctic cold by wrapping up warm in bobble hats or snuggling up with fellow Londoners on the tube, we have all been known to marvel at how children just don't seem to feel it like we do.  They embrace the chilly air with rosy noses and glowing cheeks and make like fire-breathing dragons as they charge around the common, slip-sliding their way to watch … [Read more...]

Murder investigation: Heaver Estate. Snoring husband unbearable: help. Beach and skiing holiday advice

Dear NappyValleyNetter, It started out as a silly game over the Christmas holidays. I'd send the children out with Mr NVN for some last minute groceries  and, on their return, they'd knock on the door and pretend to be the Ocado man. And invariably there'd be some silly "substitutions". So an orange was replaced with a Terry's Chocolate orange, flowers with a bag of flour and olive oil with, yup you've guessed it, an olive (in this respect I suppose they follow the same logic as … [Read more...]

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