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No Myleene we are not the same

Dear Myleene Klass and Abbie Clancy, I would like to set the record straight. Yes you are both mothers and yes you are both beautiful celebrity types doing lots of celebrity ‘stuff’. But please, please do not tell us you are normal working mums. Myleene, whilst publicising your sworn allegiance to yogurt drinks you tell us ‘we’re all…




The Self-Help Guide to Birthday Parties

I’ve had the pleasure of spending my weekend at not one, but two birthday parties; one for my six year old son, and the other for his six year old pal. And after several hours of observation, it got me thinking: is there some international code of birthday party conduct shared between these youngsters that…




The working parent school holiday dilemma

You may have heard about the recent court case won by the father who was fined for taking his daughter out of school for a holiday. He (successfully) argued that his daughter’s absence record was exemplary – he just wanted to take his seven year old on holiday without a truancy penalty notice. You will…




Ten things to avoid on a long car journey with children

We recently spent a seven hour hell-drive long car journey with our two children. And I learned some very important lessons which I feel duty-bound to share with you all. If you must embark on a long car journey with children, first of all, my advice is….don’t do it. But if you absolutely must, here…




Every parent’s love/hate relationship with stickers

Were you a sticker collector in your youth? I was. I collected Care Bear stickers (no, I’ve never actually been cool), and every time I could save up 50p I would run to the newsagents to buy a new pack of stickers, desperate in the hope I would secure one of the furry ones. The furry ones were the most prestigious…




The five things guaranteed to make this mum jealous

Back in the day, when I was single and my main worry in life was running out of cornflakes, I would spend my hard-earned cash on lovely handbags: impractical handbags, handbags with their own dust bags, handbags that were literally works of art. If I saw someone with a new bag I would immediately notice it and,…




The call every working parent dreads

Is this what every working parent thinks when they get ‘the call’ from nursery? Or is it just me? I realise that this post might be a little controversial and I may well come across as the mother with a heart of stone. But after three incidents in little over two months I’m at my…




A Brush with the Angry Birds at the Bird Park

Just when I thought I’d reached an all-time parenting low, I realise I have only just achieved bronze badge status. Here is my story of the day I took my five-year-old to the local Bird Park – only to discover that I am actually terrified of birds. It was the first week of the school…




My shameless plug for the MAD Blog Awards 2016

If there’s one thing guaranteed to tip me into full-on eye-rolling and telly-shouting mode it’s the moment when Simon Cowell says, “So why do you want to win the X Factor?” And the contestant whines (as some soppy background music kicks in), “Because I really really want it, Simon – I’ve wanted this my whole life”….




How to boost your confidence – don’t listen to your children

How to boost your confidence – by not listening to your children I’ve posted before about imposter syndrome and how sometimes women are prone to feeling like a fraud.  I think we all need a confidence boost now and again – regardless of who we are and what we do. But sometimes, just sometimes,  I fall…




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