An Ode to Playmobil

As a parent, you enter – or rather re-enter – the World of Toys.  One of my favourite rediscoveries has been Playmobil. For those who aren't familiar, this is a range of plastic figures and playsets that allow kids to play at all sorts of things, from construction to hospitals.… View Post

When nine months feels like a lifetime

Peggy over at A Mother’s Secrets is gathering stories about pregnancy low points. I thought long and hard before deciding to post something about my pregnancy. It was one long low point really. But I decided to share it here because when I look at Flea now, finally, I can… View Post

Oh, you have a life? Cancel it.

As a school Mummy, I am an abject failure. This Monday was Harvest Festival. I remembered this just as I was holding open the school's front door for another School Mummy and her three kids. Each child was holding a cardboard box filled with Arborio rice and jars of organic… View Post

Why don’t fathers get called Dadpreneurs?

There’s been lots of chat online in the last month about “mumpreneurs” – women who set up businesses while also running a family. One of the big winners at the recent Mumpreneur conference was Antonia Chitty, a fantastically successful journalist and author, who I've known of through work for a… View Post

Pushy Parent Syndrome

Last night, I attended a seminar (for want of a better word) at Flea's school, where the teachers explained how the children are being taught to read.  I was expecting something quite full on – this is a private school and one that has a reputation for "bringing children on"… View Post