• Three great things for girls

    October 22, 2018

    ‘Sometimes it’s haaaaard to be..a woman…’ sang, bizarrely, my 6-y-o into my ear this week. Me: ‘Where did you hear THAT?’ * Ignoring the rest of that song, it seemed like very apt timing as it IS hard to be a woman at the moment, isn’t it? I have so much helpless rage and anger…

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  • 10 reasons autumn is TERRIBLE for parents

    October 11, 2018

    Forget all your romantic notions about autumn, it’s actually TERRIBLE for parents. Here are ten reasons why: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…and the constant argument about wearing a coat, socks, winter shoes, and so on. On repeat. Until spring. (Why is it that the colder it gets, the more they want to wear the…

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  • When’s the right time to leave your baby overnight? (Yes, mine is nearly four…)

    October 5, 2018

    When is the right time to leave your baby overnight? When was the first time you left your baby overnight? I ask because last weekend, I left my baby overnight for the first time. Yes, the one who is four in two weeks (She’s still my baby! Also, when did that happen?) Don’t worry, they…

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  • We need to talk about childbirth

    September 13, 2018

    Hours after giving birth to my first child, I had the post-baby shower. I distinctly remember staring in the hospital bathroom mirror at my unfamiliar face which was a pale shade of grey from blood loss, and said to myself ‘DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN.’ Despite having what was clearly the world’s best baby, and…

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  • What not to do when your child starts school

    September 11, 2018

    Is your child starting school this September? Here are some things you absolutely *shouldn’t* do. It’s been two years since my once tiny newborn daughter wandered across the playground into the classroom for the first time, with an anxiously excited look on her face, wearing her brand new, too big uniform, while I waved her…

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  • When the holidays don’t start exactly as planned…

    July 29, 2018

    It was exactly 48 hours before the end of term when I had the call of doom. Having just finished a meeting at the opposite end of London to where we live, I fished my phone out of my bag to see the word ‘School’ flash up. My stomach plummeted at the same time my…

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  • Why we joined the Women’s March Anti-Trump protest

    July 19, 2018

    Last Friday Florence and I headed into London to take part in the Women’s March Bring the Noise protest that took place during the US president’s visit to the UK. We had a banner, we had a flag, we had many, many snacks, and we joined nearly 250,000 people* who marched through the streets of…

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