People often used to say to me – when I worked full time in a middle management role with three children under 5 – “How do you do it?” I always responded “Well I have to. I can’t just leave them in the garden.” Never once did I feel smug. In fact I think I was doing that duck thing – serene on the top hiding all the manic paddling underneath. My days led me to start my blog and name it ‘Making it up as I go along.’  I certainly didn’t think I was doing everything right, I don’t think I ever will! So it’s comforting to hear Suzanne list some reasons why it’s okay to just do the best we can. Niki, Education Editor

I read a post by Kristen from We are THAT Family.  The words ‘I’m winging it’ popped out from the page and I felt a warm fuzziness towards her. I once thought that I had this parenting thing sussed. My children were polite, well dressed, sleeping through the night by four months and fully potty trained by three.

Goodness, one year all three children were awarded the 100% attendance badge at school! Anyone could see I was a good parent. Weren’t all these things the perfect indicators that I had this parenting malarkey under wraps?

The truth is, I was dangerously close to smug and we all know that’s not a good place to be. Just as soon as you sit back on your fat laurels, life throws a curve-ball that will knock you for six.

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My name is Suzanne, I’m a mum to 3 school age children and I’m over 40. I have a passion for writing, as well as being totally open about family life in the 21st century – it’s certainly not an easy ride! My children range from 10-14 so as you can imagine, we are in the thick of hormones and currently experiencing the ‘interesting’ transition from child to teenager.

When I’m not writing, you will find me working at my husband’s commercial cleaning company, pretending to be knowledgeable about marketing and all things social media related.

I should probably also own up to being a ‘kick-a-holic’. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a little Suzannism which basically means that I LOVE to start things but most of them have a shelf-life of around 2 years. Quite by surprise, the blogging ‘kick’ has gone beyond my usual threshold!

I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of family life, as well as encouraging open discussion about everyday issues facing parents today.