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My pre-schooler wants to get a job

My pre-schooler wants to get a job

“When I’m big – like when I’m four – I’m going to go to work,” my three-year-old informed me. I informed her that she still has another year and a half of nursery, followed by 12 years of school, probably followed by at least four […]

A letter to my first born

A letter to my first born

Dear Popple, I’m sitting here, exhausted and covered in breastmilk, mourning our Fridays. My postpartum hormones are probably to blame for this sudden nostalgia for what was generally a very ordinary day. For the past few years, I didn’t work on Fridays so I could […]

How I reclaimed my mornings with a Groclock

How I reclaimed my mornings with a Groclock

I wake up to see my three-year-old standing next to my bed. I check the time on my phone. 4:15am. “It’s the middle of the night, sweetie,” I say. “I didn’t know if it was day or night,” she says. Understandable, given that it’s as […]

“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 […]