How to survive the Furious Fours (kinda)

It’s been a truly horrible morning. Who knew that buttoning a cardigan could cause so much anger, frustration and distress? But it can when there’s a four-and-a-half-year-old involved. At least when it’s my four-and-a-half-year-old. My daughter is going through what I’m optimistically referring to as a ‘phase’. We’ve had the Terrible Twos and The Threenagers.…

A mother’s CV

Mummy Curriculum vitae PERSONAL STATEMENT Dedicated, hard-working and supremely adaptable individual seeks more credit for doing a bloody hard job seven days a week. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Leadership: skilled in growing, educating, nurturing, managing and caring for two small human beings. Able to make tough decisions: knowing when to abort much-looked-forward-to day out in favour of…

I’m crap at multitasking and so are you

Women are crap at multitasking. Whatever you think you know about the superiority of the female race and our innate ability to perform more than one task at once is, quite frankly, a debilitating myth. Don’t get me wrong, men are utterly crap at multitasking too. All human beings are.* But it’s us women who…

Who’s your fictional doppelganger?

It turns out that Clarice Bean’s mum and I were separated at birth. Spiritually, at least. If you don't know who Clarice Bean is, she's the hero of a series of picture books by Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame). We’re not exactly indistinguishable in the looks department, Clarice Bean's mum and me. But…

How tickling can teach your toddlers about sexual consent.

It’s International Day of the Girl. Hoorah! Wait. What does that mean? Well, it’s something the UN started five years ago: “The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” (Admittedly I hadn’t heard of it until I started seeing…