Child wearing sunglasses and a knitted jumper with a picture of a duck on it

The Devil Wears A Duck Jumper

Personal Assistant Vacancy For Toddler Seeking an experienced and efficient aide who is prepared for anything in this demanding role. You will be answering directly to a fearless dictator whose fashion tastes and ideals are extremely particular, verging on the preposterous. Assistance in dressing is required, but anticipate your suggestions being constantly tested and challenged.  …

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10 Suggested Additions To The ASQ 24 Month Developmental Check

Any parent who has bothered to read the questionnaire for their child's 24 month developmental check, will have found themselves baffled by series of hoops through which their toddler is expected to jump in order to satisfy the Health Visitor. Not metaphorical hoops. Literal ones. Confronted by questions such as, 'After a raisin is dropped …

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Pregnant Then Screwed But Back In The Game

Apologies to the commendable participants in the March Of The Mummies organised by Pregnant Then Screwed this week.  We were running late and turned up at Parliament Square just as the troops were dispersing.  But we were with you in spirit all the way. I know just how it feels to be Pregnant Then Screwed. …

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666 Scary Things About Being A Parent This Halloween

Becoming a parent can be pretty frightening.  The world suddenly seems a much more scary place, full of hidden dangers you had never worried about before. Rather than mark All Hallows' Eve with a trip to a muddy pumpkin patch or decorating the house with cobwebs (the spiders have already done that anyway), here is …

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Swearing In Front Of Children – Bovvered?

There comes a point when your child begins to repeat everything they hear you say.  Every single word.  Suddenly the joy of celebrating their development becomes a test of remembering to spell out words you don’t want them to understand.  Like b-i-s-c-u-i-t-s.  Or b-e-d-t-i-m-e. And then there are words you just don’t want to ever …

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Pushchair Etiquette – Should Buggy Users Expect Help On Public Transport?

A young woman alights from a train at Kentish Town Overground Station at around 12.30pm.  She is dressed in a trench coat, smart shoes and trousers and striding with purpose, but not visibly in a hurry. As she approaches the steep steps up to the footbridge she notices another youngish woman waiting expectantly at the …

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