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Here’s the thing about travel and privilege

Here’s the thing about travel and privilege

My three-year-old has already been to eight countries. She’s also been all over Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides, Perthshire, Fife, the Borders and Argyll. This kid has seen more of the world as a toddler than I saw until I was in my 20s – […]

Why I didn’t vote in the last election

Why I didn’t vote in the last election

I was in New York on election day. I watched the results roll in, relieved that Theresa May got a bit of an arse kicking overall, but dismayed that her party won a dozen new seats in Scotland (WTF, Scotland? You know better.). But mostly […]

5 tips for a Scottish seaside holiday with a toddler

5 tips for a Scottish seaside holiday with a toddler

1. Ensure that your toddler actually likes the seaside. Before booking that pricey 4-star holiday cottage on the coast, ask yourself whether your child has actually enjoyed previous visits to the seaside. Otherwise, you will spend most of the holiday avoiding the beach that’s right outside […]

Travelling with a toddler? You’ve got this.

Travelling with a toddler? You’ve got this.

We were in the Musée Picasso in Paris and the Popple was repeatedly climbing a small set of stairs while shouting, “One, two, three, eight, nine, TEN!” I just stood there watching her, very conscious of the fact that a) I had yet to actually […]

6 rules for a winter city break with a toddler

6 rules for a winter city break with a toddler

There is a moment on every holiday with a toddler when your briefly wonder whether you’ve made a terrible mistake. My most recent one came when I attempted to drink a cup of glühwein at a Christmas market in Berlin while my overtired child, who was […]

How to be a “little scientist”

How to be a “little scientist”

Maria Montessori believed that all children behave like “little scientists” because they’re eager to observe and make “what if” discoveries about their world. What if I throw these pebbles? (They make a fun sound when they fall to the ground.) What if I throw this ball? […]

How to raise a free-range child

How to raise a free-range child

Free-range (adjective): Kept in natural conditions, with freedom of movement. Children, much like chickens, thrive when they are allowed to roam freely outside. Being a city girl, the Popple does most of her free-ranging down dingy Glasgow alleyways. However, we recently took a holiday to […]

The joys of toddler wearing

The joys of toddler wearing

Baby wearing has a sort of sweetness to it. The baby is snuggled against your chest, the place where the feel the most safe. They are so attached to you as to almost feel like a part of you, their chest rising and falling with […]