Last Updated on : 6th October 2014
“Make sure the harnesses are well fastened and if you have any piercings or jewellery please remove them now.”
It was my daughter’s birthday party and we’d booked an indoor climbing centre for her and a gaggle of primary school friends.
The instructor was going through the final stages of his briefing whilst a few parents, whom I’d drafted along as helpers, fastened buckles and tightened straps.
A little voice then piped up from the back, interrupting all the activity .
“My Mummy couldn’t do climbing.”
“Why is that?”, asked the instructor, “is she scared of heights?”
“No,” she replied, “she has a piercing and she couldn’t take it out in front of everyone.”
I can honestly say that I’ve never seen so many parents freeze and desperately try to think of something to say which is not the obvious follow up question.
They needn’t have bothered, one of her school friends stepped up to the mark.
“Where is it?”
“It’s meant to be a secret but we all know it’s in her…”
I won’t finish the sentence because this email won’t get past your spam filters but yes, she did honestly say loudly and clearly just where you’re thinking and it made me realise we can keep very very few things hidden from our children.
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
JB had her purse stolen while shopping in Waitrose, Balham and cash was withdrawn within fifteen minutes. Please do watch your belongings…click here for details
Pepper wants to know where to buy an Isla Bike in Clapham? (click here) and also needs to take her 3 year old girl to the dentist, but which one? (click here). Don’t get them confused! I love Everyone Bikes on Northcote Road but I bet they’d be rubbish at fillings!
Mareli needs recommendations for a taxi company which is okay with transporting a child, a pussycat and loads of luggage.
Ooooh do they need to take an Owl and a Pea Green Boat as well? Oh, they don’t. But they do need a driver who will be helpful…click here for details
BTC27 is aghast they have to pay full term’s non-refundable deposit for Eaton House……click here for details
On a similar note, Sw11_ asks if anyone managed to delay a school deposit whilst waiting for outcome of another school application?…click here for details
MI needs help with a potential work/pregnancy/discrimination issue. I think we know *just* the person!…click here for details
Savmum2 wonders which children’s suitcase is best for the cargo hold?…click here for details
MissingIt asks ‘how do you get the spark back?’ Her and her husband are increasingly leading separate lives…click here for details
Vic is thinking of having the coil fitted but is concerned it will be too painful, any advice gratefully received…click here for details
Mumandmore has recently had her 3 year old inoculated with the Meningitis B Bexero vaccine and is now considering inoculating her 2 month old, anyone else had their young babies inoculated with this new vaccine?…click here for details
Hellokitty would like recommendations for a consultant who specialises in early pregnancy monitoring?…click here for details
Ppasha27 needs suggestions for a good local pediatrician? There seem to be a lot of Central London recommendations but someone closer would be great…click here for details
Anna1103 needs help finding a great feeding baby bottle. She’s using “Mum” and “Avent” but baby isn’t keen…click here for details
Gee_o is looking for large curry for a charity party. She’s thinking of hosting a “Big Curry” night for the Army Benevolent Fund in a few weeks. Any suggestions for who/where might be able to help? We’ve used Indian Ocean on Trinity Road for 40th parties, tell them Mr NappyValleyNet sent you!…click here for details
Magdalenmumtobe knows it’s a long shot….but is anyone selling a navy blue canopy & apron for the Bugaboo Cameleon 2?…click here for details
Joolias’ daughter is 5 and would love a watch
– any recommendations for a good teaching timepiece?…click here for details
Danijeanne has persuaded her hubby to get a new member of the family! If anyone has any or knows of any kittens for sale
then please let her know…click here for details
Our activities section is busier than Jeremy Clarkson’s damage limitation PR team!
ForMyLittleMan is looking for a list of classes for little ones in the Balham/Clapham area? (click here). Martina1 has a new au pair and asks if there are any regular au pair meet ups? (click here). And on a similar note Beataka23 is a nanny working in East Putney looking after a 1 year old and would love to meet new nannies/ aupairs with similar age children…click here for details
For more things to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week check out our “What’s On” calendar. Like an ever buzzing fruit fly it never sleeps!…click here for details
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PR agency in Soho are recruiting for a part time business/office manager (click here).
Muckyjeans asks has anyone come across a good source for after school/ holiday help? (click here),
Linkshelving1 is a small but expanding company which isseeking an office manager.
Flexible hours and based off Northcote Road…click here for details
We’ve a Tory Conference full of “back-to-school” and nursery questions!
Pud1 asks if anyone has children who go to Penwortham? She needs some help! (click here).
Janet14 asks has anyone everregistered their child at four months with various private schools and not got in *anywhere*
? (click here).
and Putneystahm is fairly new to the area and doesn’t know where to start looking for a lovely nursery
for her son when he turns 2 next year?…click here for details
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If you are just back from hols and already thinking about school applications, catchment areas and maybe even moving into one (!) check out our property pages where we’ve mapped it all out for you……click here for details