• CBeebies Thumbelina preview (and 10 of the biggest CBeebies earworms)

    December 11, 2018

    Calling all parents of small children – we had a sneak preview of CBeebies Thumbelina, which is this year’s CBeebies Christmas show. So in honour of this event, I’ve listed out my top ten CBeebies earworms, aka the catchiest tunes from the channel that you can’t stop singing. Out loud. In your head. On repeat.…

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  • The highs and woes of the second-time primary school application

    December 5, 2018

    Reader, I have done something weird… But before I tell you about that, is anyone else applying for primary schools at the moment? Is anyone making the primary school application for their second – or third, or so on – child? How’s it all going? Flo is due to start in September 2019, so we’re…

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  • Trying for a baby – 12 things no-one ever tells you about when you don’t get pregnant

    November 2, 2018

    What are the things no-one ever tells you about trying for a baby…when you don’t get pregnant? And NO, this isn’t a surprise pregnancy announcement or a stealth hint that we’re trying for a third baby (don’t get too excited, mum!). But I was writing about Fertility Week for work, and one of the things…

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  • 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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