Child eating snacks in the park

The Bribery Spiral

Dishing out sugary treats as an incentive for your child to do what you ask of them is a rocky road to disaster.

Child running through a field

Learning to Spell Diarrhoea

It’s just before 3pm in the afternoon. I am sitting at my desk when my mobile goes off. It’s the childminder. My heart immediately starts beating a thousand times a minute and my mind can’t even focus in on imaginable disasters. Within two rings I have flicked the answer button and breathlessly, hesitantly, utter, “Hello?” …

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Commuting Vs Parenting – Which is more gruelling?

Uncomfortable, time restricting, irrespective of personal space - parents have to tolerate a lot. Pity then the poor commuting parent, who must spend hours crushed into hot and sweaty commuter trains, which are frequently and inexplicably delayed rendering them late for their childcare pick-up.   The torture only doubles when they must take back responsibility for …

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Would Like To Meet – Choosing Childcare Online

Once again my daughter has introduced me to a strange new underworld. The last few weeks have seen me browsing the profiles of strangers on the internet, judging them on their photos and arranging to meet them alone in their homes. Not internet dating. Not booking an escort. But looking for a childminder. Various third …

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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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