Working mother guilt

Working mother guilt really peaks at this time of year. It’s awful enough when I feel bad about not being with my children; not picking them up from school myself, not always being able to go to the endless number of school events that require parental attendance these days. But there are two weeks during the summer…

Avoiding the Postman

I had two babies who were bad sleepers. I was up with both of them several times a night and I was knackered. Not in a light hearted ‘I’ll joke about this one day’ fashion – it was more of a drained, angry feeling I dragged about with me all day. My one aim of…

Another terrible mother on an iPhone

Criticism still abounds of parents (mothers, usually, because they are supposed to give their undivided attention to their children 24 hours per day, with no regard whatsoever for their own lives or sanity) who are glued to their phones while in the presence of their children. I saw a meme on facebook that had been…

It’s good to share…?

Everyone’s life looks great on social media, and I’m sure mine is no exception. I post about things that make me happy, or things that make me laugh. I post about the many things that irritate and infuriate me. But I never post about the things that make me feel truly awful. On days when…

Sports Day

My memories of Sports Day at school are good. It was always sunny, we were given choc ices and we got to caper about outside all afternoon. I was no athlete and have no recollection of winning any races, but I don’t remember caring. It was fun – and my mum was there watching. I…

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…