• Baby days, be gone; brilliant things about your children getting older

    February 8, 2018

    A few weeks ago it was Alex’s birthday, and a funny thing happened. We went out on his birthday. Together. While some people may be squinting at the screen and saying ‘what’s remarkable about THAT?’ For us, with a frequent night waker who will only go to sleep or re-settle for their mum or dad, it…

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  • How to deal with cold-weather coat-refusers, a six point strategy

    January 24, 2018

    Are your children cold-weather coat refusers? Do they strip down to a t-shirt at the very first touch of frost? It’s not just you (or yours). I’m one of life’s cold people (physically, not emotionally…I think. I hope). I spend a lot of time worrying that I’m not wearing enough jumpers or thinking dreamily of…

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  • How do you know when you’re done having babies?

    January 15, 2018

    Question: How DO you know when you’re done having babies? Do you ever know for sure? Asking for, well, someone… Because at the end of last year, Florence turned three and a funny thing happened. Despite spending a lot of her second year feeling broody, I suddenly wasn’t. Despite being pretty sure that her turning three…

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  • 17 completely unspectacular things I’ve done in 2017

    December 30, 2017

    With it being so very nearly the end of the year – HOW did that happen? WHEN did that happen? Wasn’t it just the summer? Wasn’t it just…January…? –  it is, as always, a time for contemplation and reflection about the last twelve months. A popular Twitter meme at the moment calls for people to…

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  • Why we love the library (and seven reasons why you should love it too…)

    December 20, 2017

    ‘Libraries gave us power…’ sang the Manic Street Preachers in what’s still, all these years on, one of the best songs ever. And it’s true; the library played a massive, and massively empowering, role in my own childhood and for so many people I know. But will it be the same for our children or…

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  • Five things: Christmas charity campaigns to support this festive season

    December 13, 2017

    Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children: Christmas jumper day is a-coming on Friday 15th December, and is the annual festive charity celebration organised by Save The Children. Last year we all had marvellous Pokemon Christmas jumpers, but you can get something much more tasteful over on Selfish Mother. There’s a whole range of charity partners this year…

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  • In praise of Tamara Ecclestone, or why I’m breastfeeding my three-year-old

    December 7, 2017

    Tamara Ecclestone is back on TV again, something I know about not because I’ve seen her new reality programme, but because the press is reacting with horror at the fact that she is still breastfeeding her daughter, in it – and daring to talk, openly and in public, about breastfeeding a three-year-old *shocked face*. I…

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