• Ten tangible things you can do, as a parent, when the world seems terrible

    June 22, 2018

    Here are ten tangible things you can do, as a parent, when the world seems terrible – because this week I’ve been mainly despairing about the state of society, which seems increasingly dreadful, while feeling helpless…you too? There’s a good summary over on Cup of Jo about the ongoing horrors of family separation at the…

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  • Happy Father’s Day Dad; you were right about EVERYTHING

    June 15, 2018

    There’s nothing like becoming a parent to make you realise a couple of things: 1) It’s inevitable that you will, to some extent, turn into your own parents, In fact, you probably already have 2) How right your parents were about most things. It’s fairly typical to go through that teenage phase where you think…

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  • What’s your secret single behaviour, as a mum? On Sex and the City 20

    June 7, 2018

    Sex and the City, the ground-breaking TV programme EVERYONE loved, was first shown on our screens 20 years ago. How crazy is that?! Doesn’t it seem like getting older is just one long opportunity to repeatedly make yourself feel ancient, especially when it comes to popular culture that you’d swear was released yesterday but is…

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  • How not to leave the house with small children: the school run special

    June 4, 2018

    Two eternal questions about motherhood: Why is it so hard to leave the house with small children? (Here is my previous exploration of the topic) And… Is school – where you to have your child there on time, every day, for the rest of your foreseeable life, *sob* – a feat of impossible endurance sent…

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  • A tip for avoiding disaster at historical houses with children

    May 24, 2018

    As it’s soon to be the school holidays, I thought you might be planning some days out, possibly to museums or historical National Trust or English Heritage-type properties. You know, the type where there’s wisteria-galore and lots of old, priceless things in cordoned-off rooms. Like this: If so, I wanted to share one tip to…

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  • A couple of things (and WIN a brilliant pregnancy book)

    May 18, 2018

    Here’s a couple of things we’ve been liking lately, including The Letdown and a competition to win a copy of a brilliant new pregnancy book… The Letdown – Firstly, who’s seen it? I’m only a couple of episodes in but I love it! It’s an Australian series about new motherhood, featuring a new mum of a…

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  • How to avoid the cinema becoming a parenting disaster movie

    May 17, 2018

    A dramatic turn of events; we went to the cinema last week. Together, as in me and Alex together together, shock horror. It used to be such a regular occurrence pre-children which I presume it was for everyone, right?  We used to go on evenings and weekends and days off, when films first came out, when…

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