When you’re no longer the favourite parent


I walked into my daughter’s room to wake her up. “Daddy?” she said. “No, it’s Mummy,” I said. Her face crumpled. “I WANT DADDY!” She buried her face in her pillow and threw her duvet over her head. Well, this is new, I thought. You see, ever since my daughter was born, I’ve been the […]

May 20, 2018

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

Working parents

Here’s how I came to find myself in a fancy science building in Manchester last weekend, surrounded by 200 of the most ambitious, badass mothers I’ve ever met. A few months ago, I found out that Pregnant Then Screwed was going to be hosting an event in Manchester celebrating working mothers, and I knew immediately […]

May 14, 2018

Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars


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


“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