• Our five favourite apps for schoolchildren

    February 16, 2017

    What are your favourite apps for schoolchildren, or your children’s favourite apps? Like most parents, I have a bit of an up and down relationship with my children’s relationships with screentime, iPad use and apps and the like. I firmly believe that screen time can be a positive force for good if it’s done in a…

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  • The going rate for the tooth fairy, and other questions

    February 10, 2017

    A question I found myself Googling just before Christmas: what’s the going rate for the tooth fairy? Along with when should children’s baby teeth start to fall out? And is four too early to lose teeth? (And the answers: see below, from around now and it’s early but fine, apparently!) Motherhood is full of surprises.…

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  • Nine alternative ways to protest (when you’re a parent of small children)

    February 3, 2017

    What are the best ways to protest when you’re a parent of small children, and can’t go to a protest march? I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week, for all the obvious reasons, mainly while I was trapped under a sleeping toddler and couldn’t even go to the kitchen (again). Like most people I…

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  • The nap snack delivery company and other fantasy parenting inventions

    January 27, 2017

    What invention would have the potential to completely change your life as a parent? I was thinking about this very topic of fantasy parenting inventions earlier this week, while pinned to the sofa by my sleeping toddler. Picture this scene, parents of toddlers; it might be familiar… We’d already left the house that morning –…

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  • Flowers and superpowers; a little life update

    January 20, 2017

    I feel like I should be inspired by the fresh start and new year but it never really works out like that, does it?! January means organising two birthdays in our house and also the incredibly dull tax return season (mine is DONE…stay awake at the back there!). So in lieu of a proper post, here’s…

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  • 51 ways to shake off the parenting blues

    January 16, 2017

    How do you shake off the parenting blues? It is, apparently, Blue Monday today, which is one of those yawnsome made-up stories about it being the most depressing day of the year, due to a combination of factors involving January doing what it does best, everyone being predictably post-Christmas poor and the weather being, well,…

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  • Back to school: lessons I’ve learned from the first term of primary

    January 10, 2017

    Are you making the big and scary primary school application for your child this month? We’ve just gone back for the new term which means we are one whole term down into primary proper. It seems really odd to think that it was us last year, nervously pressing send while rocking back and forth, wailing about…

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