According to all almost everyone I interviewed for this BBC feature – children don’t need many toys at all. OK, this message won’t make me popular with children, grandparents or Toys R Us at Christmas… just call me Scrooge.
If you’ve got any good photos of your kids ‘colonizing’ your stuff into inventive toys, then do post them on Twitter to #whatmychildmade and the BBC might publish them. Continue reading
My four-year-old dresses much better than I do. The Curly Girlie’s wardrobe is a dream: a perfect outfit for any occasion and the shoes to match. It’s different for little girls. Fashion is a playground when you’re four. Continue reading
On holiday in Spain, I was faced with the choice between paying to empty and clean a medium-sized swimming pool or retrieve Alpha Blondie’s poo armed only with a pair of goggles and a sieve. Continue reading
According to researchers this week I have two good reasons to be miserable. Continue reading
Before I discovered that motherhood is like being permanently on Candid Camera, I honestly thought that bedtimes would be lovely. Well, what the Donald Duck did I know Continue reading
Sometimes, the stars align and I am able to go for a run. Today was one of those blessed days: husband available to umpire the children (check); no-one beset by illness (check); calendar empty of birthdays / weddings / christenings / bar mitzvahs (check); Mummy awake, willing and adequately fed (check). So off I set, … Continue reading
Just as I finally finished reading Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children, and genuinely felt I had made some headway in my battle against shouting, swearing and beating the children with a rolled-up Kindle, I read an article called “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy”. Lori Gottlieb, a therapist and mother, writes that trying … Continue reading