Child dressed in a pink princess dress sitting on the grass amongst woodland

Reward charts – who wins?

In almost every room in my house there is now a piece of paper hung or taped on the wall somewhere, documenting somebody's failure. Daddy's failure to make a decent Reward Chart. Mummy's failure to remember to stick the relevant stickers onto the chart. My daughter's failure to grasp that the purpose of the chart …

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Stand By Your Stains

Here I am - airing my dirty laundry in public again. Rifling through the wardrobe I'm struggling to find anything for my daughter - and indeed myself - to wear that is not soiled. They've been through the wash - we're not going to smell - but every dress, every T-shirt, bears a blotch or …

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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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