• 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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  • When your parenting skills don’t quite add up

    October 19, 2017

    An innocent school email sent an icy clawfinger of fear into my heart this week; there’s a maths breakfast taking place, do parents want to come? In a word, NO. No way, I’m busy, I’m washing my hair, I’m running for the hills as we speak. Contending with the school run is enough but now…

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  • Boring things I love now I’m a parent

    October 12, 2017

    Does being a parent make you boring? I don’t know, possibly. Probably. What was I saying again? I’m not sure. Parenting itself is brilliant but it can also be mundane, repetitive and exhausting and leave you tired, baby-brained and sleep-deprived and unable to form a coherent sentence, and also unable to make riveting and sparkly…

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