Mother and child in matching sunglasses

How To Parent With A Hangover

The older a person gets, the more difficult the body finds it to recover from alcohol. As the years roll by it becomes harder and harder to enjoy an all night bender and then drag yourself to work the next day with the help of a few painkillers, coffee and a bacon sandwich. But when …

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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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The Great Parents Bake Off – Do You HAVE To Make Your Own Child’s Birthday Cake?

As demonstrated by a popular television show, there are some people in this world for whom baking is a natural talent.  But for others, our sponges always sink, our bottoms end up soggy, and any attempts to create a child's fantasy favourite in fondant form are doomed to failure. Baking is a science which requires …

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He, She, Or It? The Unspoken Child Gender Controversy

My daughter has befriended a baby in the park and I feel like I am hovering at the top of an enormous slide, not sure whether to plunge ahead or tip toe back down the steps.  The child could be anything between nine and 14 months, it is dressed in orange trousers and a blue-green …

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Fashion Week Special: 6 Reasons Leggings Will Never Go Out Of Style

Casting my eye over my wardrobe in the mornings, sometimes I linger on a favourite dress or elegant skirt. Then my sense of reason takes over any sensibilities I may have about looking stylish and I pick-up and pull-on a trusty pair of black leggings. For a while I felt I had let myself go …

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