My daughters you are enough

I know that when my children are older, speaking to them about the serious stuff will be tough. And there are a few things I want them to know that they might not want to hear. They’ll think I’m the worst mum in the world by then after all. So I’m writing it down now and I hope that one day they will read it. And grow up knowing that they are, and will always be, enough. You are equal We are all equal. Nobody is better or worse than you. Children at school may be more talented at a particular subject. You…

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Taking control of my relationship with a time thief

If you’ve ever watched Doctor Who, you’ll know that messing with time means trouble. There’s never enough hours in the day and then something comes along and steals the time you do have. It can’t just be me who loses hours each week to the time thief. But here’s the thing, I don’t want to end my relationship with it completely. It has its good points, but it’s time for a change. So come on, what is the time thief? I start off each day determined to get through my to-do list and make every minute count. But then I pick…

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About that happily ever after

I’m all for reading to children and there’s nothing better than a classic fairytale to get the imagination flowing. But the problem with fairytales is that pesky happily ever after. Girl meets boy, boy isn’t a total waste of space. Birds sing, animals talk, cutlery dances and they all live happily ever after. Meanwhile back in the real world… In the blink of an eye, the little girl who read the fairytale grows up. She’s a dreamer, a romantic and a go-getter. She knows all about hard work, and she knows the course her life will take. She’ll travel around…

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Bullying labelled as feminism is still bullying

I am a feminist. I have spent years fighting to be treated the same as my male counterparts in business. A career I loved was tainted by the insufferable old boys’ network attitude. I have seen first hand the devastating effect of abusive relationships, belittling attitudes and discriminatory behaviours. And yet in recent weeks I have noticed women cruelly and mercilessly bullying men. Throwing allegations at them, calling them names and relentlessly hounding them for holding a different point of view. That is not feminism, it’s bullying and it’s not acceptable. I am a female, I am a feminist. I am not a…

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The experts who brand us as parenting failures

There’s an old saying about babies not coming with a manual. If only that were true. It seems every time I look at social media, I read another article about how I should parent my child. I’m damaging them by shouting at them, harming them by not providing enough discipline, making them needy by picking them up every time they cry. And so it goes on. The failed generation Yesterday, I read yet another article that made me cross. It was entitled, “Millennials are struggling at work because their parents gave them medals for coming last.” Now firstly to avoid any confusion…

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2016 in pictures

Over the past 12 months, I’ve developed a real love affair with Instagram. The thing I love most about it is the fact that it’s so wonderful to look back on. One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a gorgeous photo album. It will make me get around to printing some photos, so I’ve used the opportunity to reflect on our year. January In January, I decided we needed to make the most of the time with Libby before she went back to school. So on a random weekday, we all headed to the beach. There are no…

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10 cheap holiday activities for children

This time of year is SO flipping expensive isn’t it?? Presents, Christmas dinner, days out, Santa visits, festive food and drink. You name it, you’ve got to buy it. Then you throw bored children into the mix. Finding cheap holiday activities for children can be hard going but it’s definitely possible. Here are my top 10. 1. Bake I don’t know about yours, but my children love to bake. It’s something I don’t do enough with them during term time because we just can’t seem to find the time. So during Christmas holidays, we get stuck in. This year, the girls…

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