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 – and up until recently, I was pretty proud of that […]

June 20, 2018

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 I felt…removed. Because I didn’t vote. I think voting is […]

June 16, 2017

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 your front door because they’re afraid of sand and think […]

April 17, 2017

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 look at a Picasso painting and b) the other patrons […]

February 27, 2017

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 strapped to my chest in a baby carrier, thrashed around […]

December 14, 2016

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? (Mummy throws it back.) What if I throw a bowl of […]

October 2, 2016

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 Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland, where the free ranging opportunities […]

August 22, 2016

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 yours. I loved baby wearing. When the Popple was angry, […]

July 19, 2016