Child looking in mirror page in book

It’s All About Me! A Toddler Self Help Parody

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

Child sitting in chair reading book called 'The Lie Tree'

Parent Translate: Things Parents Say And What They Really Mean

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

Ball pool kaleidescope

Fifty Shades of Soft Play: Is It So Wrong To Enjoy It?

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?

Child sitting on chair

Attack and Defence: How It Feels To Be The Mother Of The Violent Toddler

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

Preschool Politics (With A Trumpety Trump)

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)

War and Peace: A Good Night Reflection

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