• Casual sexism: why fight it?

    I am a big fan of humanity. I love nothing more than watching documentaries or news items which demonstrate the human capacity for kindness, generosity and empathy: they fill me will pride on behalf of the human race, and optimism for our future.  And then sometimes – inevitably – humans do things that disappoint me and make me gnash my teeth in frustration and worry about the future of our world, our species, and our children. Over the past few weeks, a number of seemingly innocuous incidents have occurred which reinforced for me the inherent sexism in our society that just won't go away. As a blogger who deliberately avoids controversial topics, preferring to keep this space as a platform to share the day to day challenges of parenting, you might feel I have strayed from my remit a little here, but as a parent, I feel very strongly about....
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  • What a difference a year makes

    I have been slightly off Facebook recently (having deleted the app off my phone in a half-hearted Lenten attempt to reduce my phone use) and thus, it was only this....
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  • When stepping in dog poo was the easy bit.

    Not long ago, I happened to be scrolling through my old blog posts when I found my first ever post written two years ago.  It recounted my hapless adventures when....
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  • A ‘secret beach’ adventure

    Our third trip to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall was firmly marked on the calendar when I opened the Sunday Times travel supplement the week they featured the best beaches....
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  • If Carlsberg did camping.

    The family and I have just returned from a long weekend camping with friends at a local YMCA family camp site.  It was everything a camping trip should be:  the....
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