"I did the last one" "You had a lie in last Saturday!" "Because I'm always cooking the bloody food." Just three examples there of the negotiating tactics employed by me and my husband on a regular basis (mostly weekends and holidays). Negotiation has become a key element of our relationship now that we have two small children. … Continue reading The Art of Parental Negotiation
Dearest CBeebies, I love you. I wanted to start by saying that, just so you know I truly mean it. You are a beacon of light, a chance to drink tea, a break from the ridiculous role play demands of my toddler. There is nothing offensive about your programming; it is innocent, endearing and often educational. You've never … Continue reading Dear CBeebies – It’s Not You, It’s Me.
Reading is one of my true loves; no matter how tired I am, or what time I go to bed, I will always pick up my Kindle and read at least a few pages. And I am rather partial to the psychological thriller books that, since "Gone Girl", "The Girl on The Train" and other … Continue reading Loved “The Girl On The Train”? Try these…
You know the drinking game "I have never"? Played so much at uni and in the immediate years after that there are no secrets left amongst you and your closest friends? The reason you can't look half of your friends' partners directly in the eye anymore? If you're not familiar with it, here's a very brief … Continue reading A Parenting Drinking Game
OK, OK. I’m not saying throw out the birth plan altogether. If you’re anything like me (i.e. a control freak), it can really help you to focus on your birth preferences in the run up to D-Day. The trouble is, there can be a tendency to overly focus on it. My first plan was a full … Continue reading Why You Should Shred The Birth Plan
I remember the first time I ever booked a hotel that billed itself as "luxury" and "boutique". I was in my early 20s and thought, for £200 a night (we only went for the one night), we were going to be getting some serious quality for our money. But we arrived to a disappointing room - a … Continue reading Why You’ll Fall In Love With Bosinver
I am currently a Stay At Home Mum. This is a label that makes me cringe - it sounds at once rather leisurely and also like you've given up on the world all in one go. "Out to the park you say? Nah, we'll just Stay At Home thanks." It's not hugely aspirational is it? And the … Continue reading What’s My Motivation?
Having just had a pretty intense weekend, filled with either amusing the kids or trying to coerce them into doing something we actually want to do, I started thinking about the GIANT chasm between weekends before and after kids. Things are different. Very, very different. Before Kids Saturday: Wake naturally. Probably to the sound of birds chirruping, … Continue reading Weekends: Before Kids Vs After Kids
I've been thinking a lot lately about the portrayal of Motherhood. Motherhood as a social invention. I'm pretty sure that hundreds of years ago women gave birth, became mothers, got on with it. But 'parent' is now a verb as well as a noun. How do you parent? What is your parenting philosophy? Jeez. I 100% … Continue reading The Motherhood Myth
Us parents are quite often told we should hold on to these precious moments of our babies/toddlers lives because, before too long, they'll have flown the nest and you'll long for the days you could smell their hair without it being weird and snuggle up with them on the sofa. I do get that, I really do. … Continue reading Hey! Toddlers! Here’s why YOU should cherish every moment