On be(com)ing a stay-at-home mum

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A conversation that I have recurrently found myself having with my five-year-old daughter is on a topic that would easily incense many spirits: that of gender roles and job distribution within a family. Or, to put it more clearly, MY role within OUR family, and her assumption that my being … Continue reading →

The Boy’s first haircut

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The Boy had his first haircut today. This had been a long time coming: like his sister, he was born with quite a lot of hair, and although it didn’t grow quite as quickly as hers, by his first birthday he already had some rather impressive curls all around his … Continue reading →

How I connect with my 5-year-old

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Today I want to write about connection. Over the last couple of months, I have been following the 12-week online parenting course created by Dr Laura Markham, of AHAParenting.com. The course, which is now two thirds of the way through, builds on her wonderful book, Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids (for some reason, ‘translated’ … Continue reading →

On being a mummy blogger

Once more it has been quite some time since I last wrote something here. Not because I haven’t had anything to say, and even less because nothing has happened… Quite to the contrary, at the moment I’m finding motherhood to be quite like a rollercoaster ride: incessant, relentless, with some … Continue reading →

World Book Day and my very own Betty O’Barley

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Last year, for World Book Day, the Girl went to school dressed up as her favourite character, Little Red Riding Hood. It was a costume that she had had since her birthday (her 3rd birthday had had a Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs theme), and she … Continue reading →

New beginnings

Wow! I cannot believe it has been almost 5 months since I last updated my blog. Clearly, motherhood has been more about doing than about writing about it (although, truth be told, I have been doing a lot of thinking and reading about it recently). When I started the blog … Continue reading →

Mothers know best

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I have had many conversations recently with other mothers, both first time mothers and mothers of more than one child, and I find it striking how similar our concerns, worries and experiences seem to be. I said in a previous post (link here) that I thought a lot more could … Continue reading →

Rebuilding bridges

Recently I had an argument with someone very dear to me in our church. For me, it began as an intellectual argument over a point of principle (whether there is any place at all for Halloween celebrations within the church or, at the very least, within the life of a … Continue reading →

Why I will let my daughter go to a Halloween party

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Today I had a fairly heated discussion with someone quite dear to me and whom, perhaps until this disagreement today, I respected greatly. The topic is a very seasonal one: Halloween, or more specifically, a party which the mums in the Girl’s class have decided to organise for our daughters. … Continue reading →

What I have learned from being a second time mum

Recently, I have made several new friends, mums of little babies the same age and smaller than the Boy. I am very happy about this, because I want the Boy to grow up having his own group of friends, I want him to be his own person, and not always … Continue reading →