Getting Fit when you’re Fat


Pretty much exactly a year ago, I was given one of those lovely medicals the NHS has started giving people as they turn 40. Nothing BAD was found, thank goodness, but my GP did sternly tell me that my weight was likely to affect my health more as I got older, and a combination of poor […]

Fresh Air Fixes Everything


Yesterday was one of those days. You know the ones. Where you can’t do right for doing wrong. My ex-husband was annoyed with me. My ex-boyfriend was upset with me. Work plans and school plans and travel plans all collided, and I was left frantically trying to arrange puppy-sitters and rearrange meetings. Colleagues will tell you […]

Things I know about Co-Parenting


When I split from my husband, I remember a good friend telling me that divorce isn’t an event – it’s a process. She meant that it’s not something where you can draw a line in the sand and say you’re “done” with it. Because it’s something you do, over and over, separating two lives. And that’s […]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re a kid you get asked that all the time, don’t you? For the record, currently Flea wants to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I was her age, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved to read, and I loved […]

Flea’s Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover


As you may know, Flea’s recently been away for a week on a school ski trip. While she was gone, I kept myself busy working on her bedroom. We moved into this house when Flea was two years old, and the yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh trim weren’t really doing it for an almost-ten-year-old. […]

Things you Think when your 9 year old is on a Ski Trip


I wonder what time it is? I wonder what time it is in Switzerland? They had a late night last night with that movie night the headmistress Tweeted a photo of. It’s so cute they were all on the floor with their duvets and pillows. Didn’t look very comfortable, mind. My feet would have been […]

In Need of a Project.


I’m writing this with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not just because it’s Monday (although that never helps). But because Flea – my tiny, precious Flea – is currently in Switzerland on her first ever ski trip, with school. I’m trying not to hyperventilate just typing that sentence. I mean, do […]

The One Where we Buy a Shed.


As regular readers may know, we recently added a new member to the family – Teddy the puppy. Mostly, Teddy enjoys biting stuff. Toys, sure, but also skirting boards, passing feet, coats, her own lead… and bicycles. Flea and I noticed that Teddy had started chewing the tyres of our bikes, which were locked up […]

25 Reasons you don’t deserve Mother’s Day Gifts


Ah, Mother’s Day. That special day of the year when family and friends congratulate us on being selfless, loving creatures who would do anything for our precious offspring. Except when we’re lying through our teeth, obviously. Being a Mum is – I’m increasingly convinced – one long con-trick. If I’m not trying to convince Flea that I […]

Cycling with Kids: A Parenting Masterclass.


Cycling is pretty much the most virtuous thing you can teach kids to do, I reckon, short of treating leprosy. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, good exercise, and it’s fun. So a couple of months back, I made the decision that I’d buy myself a bike, so that Flea and I could go riding together. My […]