Ex abroad and refusing to pay maintenance. Dealing with an aggressive builder. Local developer told rebuild brick-by-brick! Help with PND? Managing our cash on maternity leave: help!

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

We’ve just returned from a gorgeous Mark Warner holiday and Mr NVN is still prattling on about the sailing races he won.

It was hardly The America’s Cup but every now and again he pulls out his winner’s certificate and stares lovingly at it, before starting one of his “did I tell you what happened on the downwind leg” stories.

My eldest was as bored with this spiel as everyone else and on Saturday took me to one side before whispering in a conspiratorial tone.

“Daddy cheated,” he whispered, “and it was really embarrassing.”

A number of the boats were captained by instructors with children as crew, he explained, to teach them how to race.

Mr NVN was involved in pitched battle with one such craft.

“It was a draw until the last turn”, my son continued, “and the boat that had right of way would win.”

“Starboard over port,” shouted the instructor to tell my husband to move.

“Client over staff,” replied by husband and continued on his merry way to victory.

My eldest then shook his head and adopted a tone of voice I’d heard his father use many times, “I wasn’t cross, just very disappointed.”

Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

Ex abroad and refusing to pay maintenanceSWLondonDad asks if it is appropriate for a part-time nanny to hold down a second job?…click here for details

Notjustamummy would also like some advice, but this concerns managing joint cash whilst on maternity leave. When her first child was born she didn’t discuss the financial ramifications with her partner and she’s keen to get it right this time…click here for details

A Clapham property developer has been ordered to rebuild a pub brick-by-brick! I bet that’s the “last order” he wanted to receive!…click here for details

Mum1944 is concerned she’s suffering from anxiety caused by PND. Can you suggest someone she should talk to? A ton of feedback, thanks everyone and I hope this helps you Mum1944!…click here for details

Claphammama feels she’s been discriminated against at work and wonders what are her rights? A colleague was promoted in her absence and she wasn’t even aware of the opportunity. Again, some great info, thanks all!…click here for details

California77 is moving to the area from the US and has questions for other families who’ve also made the move. Welcome to Nappy Valley C77 and I’m delighted we could help! Have a nice day!click here for details

TWO foodie related posts! The starter is from LP73 with a cake maker recommendation. Thanks LP73! (click here) and the main course is NHYW wondering if anyone has ever used a chef/cook for batch cooking?..click here for details

Ex abroad and refusing to pay maintenanceJane74 wonders about nursery etiquette. Should she give everyone a present when her little one leaves or just her teacher?..click here for details

CNM is looking for an IFA. Independently I suggested Jaips from Ablestoke and so did another user Jimisayo! Do let us know how you get on!..click here for details

A bunch of meet-up posts! Any Belleville mums heading to the Meteor site, if so there is a meet-up for you? (click here), a local Dad looking to set up playdates in SW18 (click here) and more au-pairs looking to meet (click here)!

Florence is producing research on a first-time-fathers perspective of childbirth. If you, or someone you know, was present at the birth they’d love to know!..click here for details

Tigger is about to recruit a Swedish au-pair. Which checks should she make? CRB?…click here for details

SW11ite had a traumatic experience at St Georges and now wants to know if she can change her choice of hospital when she gives birth? If you know, please reply!…click here for details

Two after-school care questions. SPC wonders what the costs might be of asking someone to take care of her little one after school?(click here)Balhamberry asks what the options might be if a school doesn’t offer a breakfast club or after-school club?…click here for details

DIMA is being threatened by an aggressive builder. What are her rights? Can she ask someone else to complete the work?…click here for details

1Mum2Two2012 has an ex and he is moving abroad. She wonders how the maintenance payments might be calculated as he has not increased them in eleven years and now he is moving abroad!…click here for details

Bal7ham wonders if anyone out there has had fissure sealants. Good idea or “tooth much” hassle?…click here for details

WCN is on the hunt for a car valet? Altogether now, “At The Carwash!” (click here).

Bamse asks if airplane noise BTC is increasing? Altogether now, “Leaving on a Jetplane…” …click here for details

SW11_ asks if there is a cream for athlete’s foot that if safe to use in pregnancy?…click here for details

5Bendy Pencils, do they drive you around the bend, asks JJ?click here for details

Oxfam in Chelsea are seeking volunteers. Can you help in their Kings Road branch? This could be great work experience for those looking to improve their English or just help a great cause!…click here for details

And now you may turn over your papers for the education questions!

2010E1 asks about the bi-lingual stream at Wix, can you share your experiences? Merci! (click here).

SPParents asks if you’d consider writing the OPPOSITE of a complaint letter to your school?…click here for details

We are STILL looking for an answer to this question! How much does the St Anselms waiting list move, asks Venus? If you know please do reply!…click here for details

Scootermum is after your feedback and experiences of St Faiths? She’s just been offered a place!…click here for details

Looking for a new job? We have more vacancies than Gwynnie’s Goop has mad ideas! 

Matilda is recruiting a part-time office admin for a school’s consultancy based in Putney (click here). A wine shop in Twickenham needs a sales assistant (click here), a hedge fund is recruiting an analyst (click here)Heirloom London are searching for a social media superstar! (click here).  Sabinemum is desperately looking for a nanny (click here), and finally Aspire estate agents are looking for a Saturday receptionist! (click here).

Finally, it’s your house and garden questions: we have more than Tour de France has spokes!

Nhda is about to undertake a large renovation and would like advice on whether to appoint one firm or separate architect/builders etc (click here). Mumboo needs someone to build a concrete base for a bike shed (click here). SJimisayo has a recommendation for someone to install burglar alarms, thank you! (click here). Julia needs a cleaner in Brixton! (click here). R4T has advice if your Freeview is suffering from interference(click here). Pud1 has a drain problem, to steal from Ghostbusters TWO weeks in a row, “Who Ya Gonna call?” (click here) FTM would love recommendations for an agent for lettings (click here) Superunknown needs a great carpenter, can you suggest a chippy who isn’t chippy? (click here).

Annabel’s Arcade is our “totes free” buying and selling site!

For Sale: Copilot Limo bike seat (click here) a travel potty with liners (click here) and a FREE John Lewis wedge changing mat! (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!!

Love

Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team

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