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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 […]

Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars

Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars

I recently read an article about why the first person to step on Mars should be a woman. “And while it wouldn’t make up for all the gender injustice in the world, it would be a damn good start. It would make a statement to […]

Flexible working: a father’s perspective

Flexible working: a father’s perspective

I spend a lot of time advocating for access to flexible working for mothers, but – obviously – flexible working benefits men too. And studies show that they want it. While women still do the vast majority of childcare, and are much more likely to […]

Why parents of ASN children need flexible working: Kimm’s #FlexiMamas story

Why parents of ASN children need flexible working: Kimm’s #FlexiMamas story

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about the barriers that working mums face. This edition features Kimm, who originally hails from the US and came to Scotland to do her PhD in 1999 in Glasgow. She met her Glasgow hubster in 2003, and decided to settle […]

Why it’s okay for kids to be shy

Why it’s okay for kids to be shy

“She’s just a bit shy.” I find myself saying this nearly every day. To friends who are excited to greet my daughter. To friendly shopkeepers. To kindly old ladies on the bus who bend down to pat her head. She’s a cute kid. I get […]

Want to make things better for mothers? Sort out paternity leave.

Want to make things better for mothers? Sort out paternity leave.

I can’t stop going on about how we need to improve things for working mothers. I go on Twitter planning to share some witty observation about the Dawson’s Creek 20 year reunion or something, and I find myself retweeting articles about the gender pay gap. […]