• 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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  • Why I won’t be getting perspective about only having 18 ‘delicious’ summers with my children

    June 28, 2018

    Here’s why I won’t be getting perspective about spending one of our ’18 delicious summers’ with my children… There’s a quote that I’ve seen a lot of people share recently on social media and it goes like this: ‘We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not…

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  • 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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