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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 […]

Should we all work four-day weeks?

Should we all work four-day weeks?

What would you do with the gift of an extra day? This question was posed by Kirsty Wark at her recent talk advocating for a four-day work week at TEDx Glasgow. She argued that working shorter weeks makes staff more productive, improves staff retention, makes […]

When you’re no longer the favourite parent

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 […]

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

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 […]

10 things that happen when your child brings home the nursery teddy

10 things that happen when your child brings home the nursery teddy

1. You’ll accidentally greet the teddy by saying, “Oh, for fuck’s sake.” 2. Your child will want to hug the teddy. Then they’ll want you to hug the teddy. You’ll want both of you to stay as far away from the teddy as possible, because […]

Why I chose to take shared parental leave: Stephen’s story

Why I chose to take shared parental leave: Stephen’s story

The government has been running a big campaign to encourage for couples to consider Shared Parental Leave (SPL). SPL allows parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay. Parents can be off work together for up to […]