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What do we teach small children about consent?

Last night, my daughter asked me to snuggle in with her under her duvet to sing her a bedtime song. I obliged, and gently tickled her feet. “No! No more … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 8 Comments

That difficult second child

How do you know when you want to make your family bigger? As one of the first of my close friends to have a child, I now find myself one … Continue reading

June 20, 2013

What to do when toddlers fall for gendered marketing

So, it finally happened. There’d been hints of it before (indicating the Play Doh box: “this is for boys AND girls, mummy!”) but it was never outright until the other … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 9 Comments

What has been seen, cannot be unseen

I was struggling a bit with post ideas this week. In spite of International Women’s Day, and my loose subject here of ‘raising a daughter’, I was feeling out of … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

How Not To Be THAT Parent on Facebook

Parenting and social media are a match made in… purgatory? God knows some of it is hellish, and some of it charmingly heavenly. Never mind the issues of privacy, of … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Better Resolution: Health at Every Size

Unless you’ve been asleep for the first two weeks of the new year – and I wouldn’t blame you for going into hibernation – you will have found it well … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Festive Food: No Kids Allowed?

At this time of year, there’s only one thing anyone can think about: food. In my household, I feel like it’s always pretty high on the list – our combined … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

Feel the Fear… and Parent Anyway

At the end of last month, the world was hit with the news of the passing of Susan Jeffers, whose bestseller Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway has been busy … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Hallowe’en: Fighting the Sexy Costume Culture

At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid the ugly spectre of sexism and sexualisation that hits you smack in the face (a poltergeist, if you will). Hallowe’en has … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Square-Eyed Monster

I can’t remember where I read it now, but some advice body or other recommended that children should watch no television at all until they turn two, and that it … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 5 Comments

London 2012: Oscar Pistorius and the Endless Debate

“He’s such a great guy, a great person, a great ambassador for sport no matter where you’re from. We’ve come to love him in Britain. We see him on posters, … Continue reading

August 12, 2012 · 7 Comments

Conflict Resolution: Parenting through Grandparents, by Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein

My husband and I are tremendously lucky to receive a great deal of family support in bringing up our child. For both of us, not only did it ensure that … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · 1 Comment
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