I can’t write anything about potty-training you haven’t heard before

I mean, let's be real. I am teaching a small human to direct his waste into a pot instead of in his own clothing. Isn't it weird that this is a skill everyone you know had to learn? And somehow we need to pass it on to our children even though by now we've totally … Continue reading I can’t write anything about potty-training you haven’t heard before

It’s alright, don’t worry: I’m just going through a phase

I'm here! (This is me breaking the log-jam that is two weeks without writing a word, by writing anything. Here's the anything.) Everyone tells you that children go through phases, and from my vast sample size of two, I can tell you that it's true. I mean, I don't know how useful it is to … Continue reading It’s alright, don’t worry: I’m just going through a phase

Marriage and the Magic Question: Who’s Doing the Work?

  I sent the text at 6.30, when (according to his schedule) he should've been an hour into his ninety-minute journey home. 'Hey, where are you?' I hate sending that text - the studied casualness of it, the fact that I'm too tired even to put a smiley face on the end. Wherever he is, … Continue reading Marriage and the Magic Question: Who’s Doing the Work?

Let’s kick our inner smug mums to the kerb this summer

Some rambly first-draft thoughts I have been mulling over. Let me know what you think.  Let's talk about Utah. Let's talk about Utah and mothers being real. Not that the two are connected, particularly - or perhaps they are, but I'm not someone qualified to talk about it. I mean that, while we spent a … Continue reading Let’s kick our inner smug mums to the kerb this summer

Flying with toddlers: your insanity-proof guide

We've just got back from San Francisco, Oregon and Utah. It was magnificent. Do you know what these boys were most excited about? The flipping aeroplane. Them, not us, because putting small children in a seat and telling them to stay there for ten hours is Asking For Trouble. Ted can't stay still for the … Continue reading Flying with toddlers: your insanity-proof guide

Notes from the Trenches: 8

Do you know what? My Instagram lies. Well, not totally, not properly...the same way Facebook isn't properly evading corporation tax and I didn't entirely eat an jumbo-bag of Mini Eggs whilst gawping at Tom Hiddlestone on the TV last night. It's just that my Instagram feed shows our best bits, and when it includes our … Continue reading Notes from the Trenches: 8

How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

*totally losing it STEP ONE:  look at how freakishly red and shiny your apples are, come over a bit Snow White, decide that today is the day you will bake an apple cake. 'Do you want to make a cake with me?' 'Oh, YESTH. I wanna mix it.' The drums of doom have already begun … Continue reading How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

Since we’re talking and all – #Timetotalk

I am having a jolly kind of morning, all things considered. True, I am very bored of this perma-sore throat that has been pinging between us since January. But I had good news from my dentist today, we are squirrelled underneath a duvet watching Cars and eating hot cinnamon roll cake, and we're going on … Continue reading Since we’re talking and all – #Timetotalk

This Is Where We Are: a letter to my sons on Mother’s Day (5)

Every year on Mother's Day, I write about how I mother my babies day-to-day. I think they might like to know how the little things felt, as well as the big ones. Here goes the fifth (late again - will this become part of the tradition? Yes). Dear Future Versions of Henry and Teddy, This … Continue reading This Is Where We Are: a letter to my sons on Mother’s Day (5)

Five books…to help your kids love words

I'm trying hard to be casually enthusiastic about numbers with H at the moment. I am naturally a words person, and numbers both bore and frighten me. Which isn't so bad for me, because my days of mental maths tests are over. But I do not want to pass it on to them, and my coverage … Continue reading Five books…to help your kids love words