This month our PreSchool Parents Book Club has a Self Help guide on the reading list. I was a sceptic and have most certainly not been converted. But after I got over being irritated by the shallow, simple, self-obsessed thinking it projected, I couldn't help thinking my tantrum-throwing toddler might still be able to gain … Continue reading It’s All About Me! A Toddler Self Help Parody
Every profession has its jargon. Those little buzz words or catchphrases you pick up on the job, and quickly start to drop to show you know what you’re doing. Parenting is no exception. There is a special language you need to learn to help come out on top in the daily debates and conferences you … Continue reading Parent Translate: Things Parents Say And What They Really Mean
I am slightly flummoxed as to where my daughter found her femininity. In the battle of nature versus nurture her natural girlishness is already starting to dominate. She has certainly not been raised Gender Neutral, but we have made an effort not to expose her to gender bias. I don't feel I can be held responsible … Continue reading Just Like A Woman: Celebrating Gender
I paused nervously outside the crowded entrance and attempted to steel myself for what lay behind the door. So many had warned me that Soft Play is a hellish place. My mind swam with horror stories of over-age children running riot, broken striplights shattering glass into urine-soaked ball pools, while oblivious parents stared zombie-like at … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Soft Play: Is It So Wrong To Enjoy It?
You know how in every gathering of children there is usually always one child who stands out as 'the bad one'. They won't share, they push, they snatch, they hit other kids for no reason and they have loud tantrums if they are denied what they want. My daughter has suddenly become that child. This surely … Continue reading Attack and Defence: How It Feels To Be The Mother Of The Violent Toddler
This week my daughter's father did his back in and was ordered to lie down with an ice pack until it repaired itself. I found myself run off my feet caring for two dependents who needed me to cut up their food, fetch out-of-reach objects, help them to bed and tuck them in. As I … Continue reading Man Vs Child: Who Is Easier To Look After?
I never wore my Baby On Board badge when I was pregnant. It was in those early weeks when I felt really tired and nauseous but didn't look pregnant that I really felt I needed it to get a seat on The Tube. But I hadn't told anyone at work I was expecting and couldn't risk bumping … Continue reading Just One (Why An Only Child Is Enough For Me)
When you become a mother for the first time you have so much to contend with in your everyday life, you'd think socialising would be the last thing on your mind. But when you become a mother, pretty soon you start to realise that your social circle needs updating. I'm talking about Mum Friends. You … Continue reading Clueless (The Minefield of Mum Friends)
They say you shouldn't run before you can walk. But what about marching? Last week I took my fifteen-month-old daughter on a demonstration against the rise of extreme right wing politics and in defence of women's rights. On the day of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America, my toddler, … Continue reading Preschool Politics (With A Trumpety Trump)
Every day is a constant battle."Keep still while I'm trying to get you dressed!""Don't throw your breakfast on the floor!""Hurry up and put your coat on. We've got to go! Now!""Don't snatch! Say sorry! Give it back!""Eat your fruit! No you can't have another biscuit!""Don't stand on the chair!""Don't play with the radiator!""Keep out of … Continue reading War and Peace: A Good Night Reflection