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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 […]

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

Why I’ve been hiding my pregnancy

I didn’t announce my pregnancy at work until I was nearly halfway through, looking like this. I’m not going to pretend that people didn’t already know. I’m not a huge woman, so when a growth the size of a beach ball suddenly appeared under my […]

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. […]

The benefits of being low-maintenance

The benefits of being low-maintenance

I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and thought, “I wonder if I need some statement eyebrows.” I had never really put much thought into my eyebrows – they’re not especially bushy or particularly thin, and besides plucking a few stray hairs, […]