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“I am currently on maternity leave and also jobless”

“I am currently on maternity leave and also jobless”

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Stacy, a married mother to a two-year-old daughter and six-month-old son. “Before having my children, I worked as an accounts assistant. I always knew I would be a working mom and […]

I’m jealous of my daughter’s imagination

I’m jealous of my daughter’s imagination

Occasionally my daughter mentions a place called ‘Ingerland’. At first I thought she was just mispronouncing ‘England’, but it soon became clear that this is a place that she’s made up in her head. I was desperate to get into her three-year-old brain and find […]

Is my child too polite?

Is my child too polite?

“I’m very polite,” my three-year-old daughter proclaimed. “Yes, you are,” I agreed. “My friends at nursery aren’t as polite as me. They don’t know how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. I need to teach them.” I thought about pointing out that it might not […]

Why it’s a good time to be a kid

Why it’s a good time to be a kid

It’s a pretty good time to be a kid. I mean, in some ways it’s pretty terrible. With Brexit, Trump and the persistent threat of global warming, the world that our kids inherit is likely to be in quite a state. But looking beyond the […]

The awkward intimacy of commuting

The awkward intimacy of commuting

There’s a man on my bus with a fake leg. I know this because we get off at the same stop every morning, and one day he lifted up his trouser leg to fix his shoe and I saw a glint of metal. “Well, that’s […]

A letter to my daughter’s nursery about her appearance

A letter to my daughter’s nursery about her appearance

Dear nursery, This letter is way overdue. I’m sure there have been many times in the months since my daughter started attending your nursery that you thought, “How could this girl’s parents possibly let her out of the house like this?” So let me explain. […]

Let’s stop talking about breastfeeding like it’s weird

Let’s stop talking about breastfeeding like it’s weird

I’d like to start off by saying that I’m not obsessed with boobs. Yes, I wrote about them in my last post. I hadn’t planned to write a whole boob series, okay? But I recently read two boob-related stories that filled me with rage, and […]

Celebrating one year of #FlexiMamas

Celebrating one year of #FlexiMamas

A year ago, I had an idea. I’d recently read that 29% of UK women drop out of the workforce after having a baby. This shocked me…and yet it didn’t. Yes, some of these women voluntarily leave work because they want to spend time with […]