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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 – […]

This is why the Easter Bunny is weird

This is why the Easter Bunny is weird

“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 […]

How to decorate a Christmas tree with a toddler

How to decorate a Christmas tree with a toddler

Build up the excitement about the Christmas tree for weeks. Point out other Christmas trees that you see and tell them that they’re going to get one too. Tell them how much Santa likes Christmas trees. Ask them if they want to get a tree […]

10 children’s Halloween costumes to avoid

10 children’s Halloween costumes to avoid

For my daughter’s first Halloween, I got her two costumes – a pumpkin (bought for six quid at the supermarket because I’m lazy) and a ninja turtle (because I found a kick-ass Raphael onesie after I’d already bought the shitty pumpkin costume). Last year, she […]

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 […]

Suck it, 2016: my New Year’s resolutions

Suck it, 2016: my New Year’s resolutions

Now that 2016 is coming to end in all its terrible glory, I figured it was time to look back at the parenting New Year’s resolutions that I made back in January. 1. Teach the how Popple to sleep. Done. So done. Thank God. The Popple […]