What Not to say to Single Parents

Every once in a while, one of my married friends will tell me that they are “single parenting” for the week. Their partner is away, working, and they’re in charge. Friends, that is not single parenting. I love that you’re trying to relate, or find common ground. But please stop. So,… View Post

Can teens ever have a positive body image?

Senior school is hard. I thought I felt over-protective when baby Flea, a few weeks after her third birthday, toddled into school. Or when she rode her bike on two wheels for the first time. Now, though, the things I want to protect my daughter from seem intangible. The things… View Post

When did children’s food get so… posh?

Here’s a real conversation about food that happened in our house this week: Me: Did you get a snack at school today? Flea: Yeah, I had a bacon roll. Me: OK. But if you’ve had breakfast, try and get something else, ok? Not always bacon. Flea: Oh, I don’t always… View Post

The One Where I’m not Unpatriotic

I’m a Brexit “loser”. It’s true. Like many others, I voted to remain in the EU. That’s because I strongly believed – and continue to believe – that leaving the EU would be A Bad Thing. I worried a “leave” vote would lead to a rise in racism and tension.… View Post

7 Things I Know About… Writing

  Recently, I attended a blogging event and conversation turned to writing. I was chatting with a woman who had possibly enjoyed a glass or two of champagne. “Thing about you Sally, is you’re a writer, you’re a journalist,” she said. “You know how to WRITE.”  Before you think this is… View Post