• 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 you won’t have any more children? Done having babies…how do you know? Asking for, well, someone…who’s not sure if she’s done having babies! Because at the end of last year, Florence turned three and a funny thing happened. Despite spending…

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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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  • On giving yourself a break when you have young children

    November 30, 2017

    Right back in the swirly, whirling mists of time when I had a toddler and a tiny mewling newborn, I wrote a post about how it’s impossible to get anything done when you have a baby. Three years on I have a nearly-six-year-old and a not-even-a-toddler anymore and you know what? Things haven’t really changed……

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  • Forget Halloween; here are 25 things that are genuinely scary for parents

    October 29, 2017

    Any kind of clock change (WHAT extra hour in bed? HELLOOOO 3AM) Teething. The permanently overflowing washing basket. Any one of these. Seeing ‘Nursery’ ring your phone in the middle of the day, shortly before your heart jumps right into your mouth. Going under the dark cloud on the Wonder Weeks. Running out of baby…

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