Parenting Tips

You should only buy organic food. You must breastfeed or your child won’t live past 30. You should always lift your baby when he cries or he’ll grow up with a subconscious sense of abandonment and suffer depression as an adult. You should never lift your baby when he cries or he’ll grow up to…

It’s all about the money.

Our school newsletter reported that ‘Christmas jumper day’ had raised £207.83 for charity. Great stuff. But I wonder how much Tesco, Asda, Primark, Matalan, Next etc made from it in additional jumper sales. Pupils were told that on the day of the school fair, they could donate £1 and wear a Christmas jumper or decorate…

At the Checkout

‘How are you today?’ ‘Fine, thanks. You?’ I reply, then turn away to bellow at my children, who are wrestling on the floor, as I try to stuff my massive amount of shopping into bags. ‘Not bad, thanks.’ I nod briefly and the lad on the checkout continues. ‘Have you much planned this afternoon?’ ‘GET UP OFF…

Be kind to harassed mothers

Being a mother is rewarding and fulfilling. Yeah, blah blah blah. It’s also been the hardest and at times the most distressing experience of my life. When my sons were little, I was at the park with them one spring morning. It was about 7.30am when we got there, as we’d been up since 5am.…

Be kind to harassed mothers #2

In July 2015 we visited Nevis Range, Fort William and there was a foreign couple in the queue ahead of us with a (roughly) 3 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. The boy fell over and wailed for ages, kicking and screaming in his mother’s arms, while they bought tickets. A while…