• School report for Mother Inferior: empathy and understanding D-

    If you're looking for an antidote to the annual posts from proud parents about amazing school reports, then I am happy to share my tale of woe. My 9 year old daughter Faith is steadfastly refusing to follow the script following a less than stellar report. It wasn't terrible, but apparently, I am unjust in pointing out that the 'satisfactory' for effort in Maths might be something she needs to work on. The reasonable, frank, mature discussion I had envisaged has descended into a series of tit for tat responses in which Faith has repeatedly escalated her level of insults and outrage (currently I am the 'worst mum in the world', she wants to 'move out to a children's home' and I clearly 'never loved her from when she was born'). I, in turn, have had to issue consequences (including a 3 day TV ban) that I neither intended or....
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  • 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....
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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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