• Help! What happened to my taste in music?

    June 23, 2017

    Last week a friend sent me an email, offering a spare gig ticket she had. Which was lovely… …but I had NO IDEA who the artist in question was. None. I had to look up their current hit on Spotify, but even then, I was clueless. I had never heard of them, let alone heard them…

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  • It’s tough being two, and more of my current parenting mantras

    April 7, 2017

    The well-trodden path of parenting is paved with phrases and mantras, from the well-intentioned ones you tell your friends and other mums (‘It won’t hurt that much!’) to the ones that other people tell you (usually, ‘Cherish every moment!’ from old ladies on the bus while all of your children are crying in tandem and…

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  • Bye to the baby days – five reasons I won’t miss you

    March 15, 2017

    Since one mini member of our household started school and the other moved up to the toddler room at nursery, it seems like we are firmly out of the baby days. No eye-wateringly bright Lamaze toys litter our floorboards, we no longer have lengthy debates about how to pronounce Lamaze and our cupboards are completely free…

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  • Don’t call me baby

    October 6, 2016

    How long can you call your youngest child – who might well be somewhere in the region of, say, around 23-and-a-bit months  – a baby? Asking for a ‘friend’ who had a conversation recently while out for lunch that went something like this:

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  • Presents for two-year-olds, with Me&Buddy

    September 12, 2016

    I’ve been thinking about presents for two-year-olds recently, as someone has a birthday coming up soon (yikes!). Two’s a funny age, isn’t it? It’s that mid-toddler stage where they’re in to everything but still too little for lots of things – plus what presents do you get the two-year-old who(‘s sister) already has everything?

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  • Things you’ll know if your child is a really early riser

    September 6, 2016

    They say the days are long but the years are short when you’re a parent, but when you’re the parent of a really early riser, the days start at the dawn of time and stretch out before you like a marathon.

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  • Fighting the battle of who can get dressed

    September 1, 2016

    I think I’ve identified the major pressure point in why it takes so long to leave the house when you have small children; it’s getting dressed. Or more specifically, the daily battle to get everyone dressed. Before lunchtime. Or some days, at all.

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