My week of #parentpride

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Celebrating our achievements as parents is often low down on our lists… somewhere between washing the curtains and cleaning the light switches. (I hear people do these things…?!) You may have already seen my parent pride post which challenges us to take a week to actively notice, log and celebrate our parenting wins, no matter how small, because we don’t often … Read More

Woman up! Gender in common sayings

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What happens when you swap genders in common sayings? I’ve been paying particular attention to the language I use recently for various reasons, but one of the things on my mind is the way we use gender in everyday speech. D keeps getting him/her, she/he etc. round the wrong way, and with the prolific gender stereotyping that goes on in … Read More

Dear Daughter: Don’t stay small

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Lots of parents say “I don’t want her to grow up, I want her to stay small forever”, and usually that doesn’t resonate with me at all. I love watching you grow up and seeing the changes that happen almost daily. But then, out of nowhere, I had a pang of sadness that you wouldn’t be my tiny girl forever. … Read More

Parent guilt? It’s time for parent pride!

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Why does parent guilt exist? There are so many blogs and articles and leaflets and medical professionals and people who think they’re medical professionals and scientists and studies and well meaning family members and friends and even strangers in the supermarket who will gladly tell you how to parent your child. When D was tiny, I would hold her gently … Read More

Top 12 Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

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Summer is slowly ambling away from us and autumn is drawing near. Here in Folkestone we’ve had some astonishing rain over the last few days. It’s far too easy for me to acquiesce to the cries of “Paw Patrol please mummyyyyy”, but I’ve been having those pangs of guilt lately about D’s screen time because she’s definitely had too much while I’m going … Read More

Dear Daughter: How could I?

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Before you were born I had all these preconceived ideas about parenting and how it should be done. I unashamedly judged parents left, right and centre for their parenting choices if they didn’t align with my views. Then you were born and everything I thought I knew went out the window. How could I leave this tiny, beautiful creature to … Read More

Can gender neutral clothes really cause mental health problems for children?

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John Lewis recently announced they are removing gender labelling from their own brand children’s clothing, and removing gender specific signage in their stores. Personally I think this is a fantastic step forward but the internet has, naturally, been pretty divided about it. Scrolling through Twitter however, the complaints that shocked me most were those claiming that this will cause mental health … Read More

Dear Daughter: These things I promise you

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– I promise to give you more experiences than things, because things lose their novelty after a while but experiences can enrich your entire life. Experiences help you see the world from another perspective and step into someone else’s shoes. They open your eyes to the world and all it offers, all its ups and downs, and helps you maintain … Read More