Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars

Parenting

I recently read an article about why the first person to step on Mars should be a woman. “And while it wouldn’t make up for all the gender injustice in the world, it would be a damn good start. It would make a statement to the planet – not to mention possible life on other […]

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Flexible working: a father’s perspective

Working parents

I spend a lot of time advocating for access to flexible working for mothers, but – obviously – flexible working benefits men too. And studies show that they want it. While women still do the vast majority of childcare, and are much more likely to reduce their work hours after having children, fathers are increasingly […]

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Why parents of ASN children need flexible working: Kimm’s #FlexiMamas story

Flexi Mamas

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about the barriers that working mums face. This edition features Kimm, who originally hails from the US and came to Scotland to do her PhD in 1999 in Glasgow. She met her Glasgow hubster in 2003, and decided to settle down in Scotland. After finishing her PhD in 2006, she […]

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Why it’s okay for kids to be shy

Parenting

“She’s just a bit shy.” I find myself saying this nearly every day. To friends who are excited to greet my daughter. To friendly shopkeepers. To kindly old ladies on the bus who bend down to pat her head. She’s a cute kid. I get why they want to talk to her. But here’s the […]

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Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars


Parenting

I recently read an article about why the first person to step on Mars should be a woman. “And while it wouldn’t make up for all the gender injustice in the world, it would be a damn good start. It would make a statement to the planet – not to mention possible life on other […]

April 23, 2018

Flexible working: a father’s perspective


Working parents

I spend a lot of time advocating for access to flexible working for mothers, but – obviously – flexible working benefits men too. And studies show that they want it. While women still do the vast majority of childcare, and are much more likely to reduce their work hours after having children, fathers are increasingly […]

April 18, 2018

Why it’s okay for kids to be shy


Parenting

“She’s just a bit shy.” I find myself saying this nearly every day. To friends who are excited to greet my daughter. To friendly shopkeepers. To kindly old ladies on the bus who bend down to pat her head. She’s a cute kid. I get why they want to talk to her. But here’s the […]

April 8, 2018

This is why the Easter Bunny is weird


Parenting

“It’s almost Easter!” I said to my daughter. She stared at me blankly. “A bunny is going to come bring you chocolate!” I said. Pause. “I’m just eating Weetabix right now,” she said. I expected her to be excited, or at least have questions. Why does this bunny bring chocolate? What kind of chocolate? What […]

March 27, 2018

This is why I’m going to March for Our Lives


Parenting

As an American, I’m often asked to explained weird American things to Scottish people. If Americans call biscuits cookies, what is an American biscuit? (A scone.) How do Americans make tea if they don’t have electric kettles? (They don’t, normally. Or they use the microwave. Yes, really.) Why do Americans love baseball so much? (No […]

March 15, 2018