Why are we so scared of men?

discrimination against dads

So, I’m going to let you into a bit of a secret: I like men. I point this out because some people think you can’t be divorced and a feminist and like men. Some people are stupid, what can I say? Anyway, I do like men. I date men. A lot of my most long-standing friends, […]

Why are clothing sizes so stupid?

next clothing

I bought a new top from Next recently – it was an impulse purchase, one of those, “It’s a blogging event tomorrow, I have nothing clean, this looks okay.”  It was a nice top – green, plain, detailing on the sleeves. So nice, in fact, I decided to buy the same top in blue. I […]

What does it mean to be “like a girl”?


A week or so back, Flea and I were returning from a bike ride, when suddenly, the gears on Flea’s bike started slipping. She’d managed to turn the gears while her bike wasn’t moving, and they were protesting. I probably rolled my eyes, but it was no big deal, or so I thought. But Flea’s reaction […]

Five Questions to ask when Choosing a Primary School


So it occurred to me this morning that after this one, Flea only has one more year of primary school left. Before I start the panicked visits to secondary schools, I thought it might be a good moment to look back on Flea’s primary years. I agonised over which school Flea should attend. I went […]

20 Movies from the 80s Your Kids will Love


You have a few important jobs as a parent. There’s feeding, clothing and protecting your child from physical harm, of course. And (very) close behind these things is ensuring you don’t allow your children to think that Beverly Hills Chihuahua represents what good cinema is all about. Over the past couple of months, Flea and […]

Counting the Cost of Christmas


Social media is always entertaining at this time of year. It’s wall to wall elaborate bakes and crafts and spooky-faced elves and “toddler style” – all set against a perfectly-lit, stylishly decorated home. Of course. Because everyone knows Christmas can’t be magical unless your presents are purchased from boutiques, wrapped in artisan, hand-printed paper and […]

Why not shop local for Cyber Monday?


So apparently today is Cyber Monday – the day when we’re all going to be very enthusiastically shopping online. According to the BBC website, we’ll be spending cash at a rate of £450,000 a minute today – 26% more than last year. For me, though, I’ll be taking a slightly different tack to my shopping this […]

It’s so funny how we don’t talk any more…

morning coffee

Monday to Friday, my day follows a familiar routine. The alarm goes off optimistically at 7.45am. I hit snooze repeatedly until it’s 8.20am, at which point I call to Flea and tell her she has to get up. At 8.40am, I roll out of bed, pull on some clothes, and take Flea to school. On […]