This months Featured Blogger is a refreshing change, Sharon blogs from beyond the world of snot, tantrums and playdates! Her blog, After the Playground, is a blog for mums of older children/teens/young adults who are defining the next stage of motherhood and of their own lives. It shares Sharon’s thoughts and useful information on family life, health (physical and emotional), hobbies and activities and fashion and beauty as they relate to ladies in mid-life and beyond.
It’s been lovely to read some of the things I can expect as Little L (he’s not so Mini now so I’m changing his blogging nickname) grows older. In all honestly, I can’t imagine myself with a teenager! Ha ha! As Sharon cleverly and eloquently writes in her post Blogging About Your Teens, writing about your teenage offspring is a completely different ball game and, despite being knew to the blogging world, I think she’s made an excellent start and I’m happy to be able to promote her writing further.
- Tell me a little more about your family…
My family is me, my husband and our 3 daughters. We have been married for 24 years and have been together for 35 so I guess that counts as a long-term relationship! Our eldest daughter is 18 years old and now lives in halls of residence but she is still in the same city as us so we get to see her often. She is a classical guitarist and is studying for a degree in music. Our middle daughter is in Year 11 so GCSEs are a big thing for her in between playing netball and going to parties! Our youngest daughter will leave primary school next year which will be the end of an era for us. She is very maternal (probably a future midwife) and loves swimming.
- What are the main themes of your blog?
There are two main themes. The first is to find and review activities and places that you can enjoy with your teen children and a few posts on raising teens in general. However, inevitably, kids of this age will have their own social lives and so you will have some more time on your hands. This came as a bit of a shock to me. So, the second theme is the process of re-discovery. I am a very different person to when I was in my pre-children stage (it was 18 years ago!) I want to find out what I like to do and I want to experiment with new things and share these on my blog.
- Why did you begin writing your blog?
It started as a form of therapy as I was adjusting to my kids growing up but it has evolved into an all-consuming passion. I am on such a steep learning curve but the blogging community is incredibly generous in sharing skills and knowledge and I have learned so much from experienced bloggers.
- What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
Connecting with other bloggers who are also writing about mid-life and raising teens. I also like being in control – I get to choose what my blog looks like and what gets published. I like the sense of ownership that this brings.
- What is your opinion on Halloween?
I LOVE Halloween. Dressing up is so much fun – we all love it. We have bags of stuff to decorate the house with, carve pumpkins, play spooky music for a fortnight – the lot!
- Do you do anything to celebrate Halloween?
As our kids have grown older we have evolved from traditional Halloween parties into Murder Mystery dinner parties with friends complete with corpses in the bathroom. It’s brilliant and usually involves quite a lot of wine!
7. What is your favourite thing about Winter?
Oh dear this is hard. Winter is my least favourite season and I think I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder because I can get very low in the winter months. I do love walking on beaches in the winter and I like lighting candles as the nights draw in. I’m definitely more of a summer person!
- Do you have any nice plans for Half Term?
It’s going to be a weird half term this year as my eldest daughter will still be in University. I want to get outside as much as possible and try out some lovely walks where we can see the trees in all their Autumn glory.
- Snog, Marry, Avoid: Dermot O’Leary, Declan Donnelly & Paul Hollywood
Oh no – can I just avoid all of them? Okay, if I have to, here goes! I would marry Paul Hollywood as I suspect he is loaded and I love cakes. Also, I could hope that he was away filming on location a lot so I didn’t have to see him much? Probably snog Declan Donnelly but only because I would have to avoid Dermot O’Leary. I just read an article where he says he texts Simon Cowell all the time and anyone who does that is someone that I would go to any lengths to avoid!
- What’s your favourite rainy day activity to do with your kids?
Probably watching a film – this is still something that we all enjoy doing although choosing the film can get a bit fraught and compromises have to be made! We love eating out as a family as well and my eldest is even old enough to buy me a glass of wine. You see, having older children does have its advantages after all!Thank you so much to the lovely Sharon for offering to be my Featured Blogger, I’m so glad I’ve come across her and can’t wait to read more of her writing. I think she’s dealing with her eldest going to university excellently – my mum told me she mourned me when I moved out!