When you’re no longer the favourite parent

Parenting

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 see, ever since my daughter was born, I’ve been the […]

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5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

Working parents

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 event in Manchester celebrating working mothers, and I knew immediately […]

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

Parenting

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 it looks like it’s been hugged by every small child […]

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

Working parents

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 6 months, or stagger their leave and pay so that […]

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This is why the Easter Bunny is weird


Parenting

“It’s almost Easter!” I said to my daughter. She stared at me blankly. “A bunny is going to come bring you chocolate!” I said. Pause. “I’m just eating Weetabix right now,” she said. I expected her to be excited, or at least have questions. Why does this bunny bring chocolate? What kind of chocolate? What […]

March 27, 2018

This is why I’m going to March for Our Lives


Parenting

As an American, I’m often asked to explained weird American things to Scottish people. If Americans call biscuits cookies, what is an American biscuit? (A scone.) How do Americans make tea if they don’t have electric kettles? (They don’t, normally. Or they use the microwave. Yes, really.) Why do Americans love baseball so much? (No […]

March 15, 2018