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…

Why I posted #MeToo and what it taught me

I posted #MeToo on Facebook this Monday. Along with nearly 8 million other women who used the hashtag to remember suffering sexual assault and/or harassment. I didn’t give any details. I didn’t feel the need to then. And I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when I saw fellow female Facebookers post the same status.…

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…

Is it possible to be a good mother and be creative?

This is a rare moment. I have the house to myself. I have no overdue work nagging at me. Sure there’s housework to do, but when isn’t there? I have some time. I feel like writing. And I have about fifty precious minutes to do it in. But where’s that precious nugget of inspiration? I…

One white wedding & two babies later. Am I still a feminist?

I remember arguing with a sixth-form classmate whose sole ambition was to get married and have children. “How can you want just that?” I screamed? “There’s more to life than that! What’s the point of you being here if that’s all you want?” I’ve always considered myself a feminist. Cue one night at a dodgy…