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I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

My three-year-old recently informed me that her new baby sister won’t be able to have the same last name as her. “There are already two of us,” she said. “Me and Daddy. She’ll need a different name.” I wasn’t included, of course, because my last […]

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

I was really happy to hear the news that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson recently gave birth to a baby boy. Not because news about new babies is generally happy news (although it is), and not because I’m a big Ruth Davidson fan (she is […]

Why Anna is better than Elsa

Why Anna is better than Elsa

My daughter has two cheap Elsa and Anna necklaces that she has never worn. She treats them as toys, and we have spent many hours using them to play ‘Elsa and Anna’ together. Elsa and Anna don’t act out scenes from Frozen or go on […]

Meghan Markle’s bump is none of our business

Meghan Markle’s bump is none of our business

“How will she navigate ‘bump watch’?” This question was posed in the Guardian in relation to Meghan Markle’s newly-announced pregnancy. Because we’re all watching, right? We’re collectively gawking at Meghan’s abdomen, searching for that first a hint of a bump, wondering if she’s going to […]

Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

Why I lie about this being my second pregnancy

“Is this your first pregnancy?” I get asked this question a lot by healthcare staff, colleagues and random strangers who noticed my abnormally swollen belly. “No, it’s my second,” I say. This isn’t accurate, but it’s less awkward than the truth. It’s my fourth pregnancy. […]

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing recently. This hearing has such profound implications – not only for the future of the American judicial system, but also for for how we treat sexual assault victims – that it’s easy to forget […]

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

10 unexpected benefits of pregnancy

I’m not going to pretend that I love being pregnant. Nothing induces anxiety in me like the almost total lack of control over the tiny human who is growing in my womb. That being said, there are a few benefits – things that I didn’t […]

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

I recently got drawn into a bit of an online debate about the ‘pink tax’ after retweeting this post: Can you explain the price difference @BootsUK? Is pink plastic more expensive than blue or are you just keen to teach babies about gender inequality? pic.twitter.com/Gxn5KhURPl— […]