Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

I have never been in a car accident. Shortly after I passed my driving test I had a bit of an altercation with a light up bollard on a crossing but that was merely a blip. Nothing that can be classed as an actual accident. Today I took the children on a road trip to Somerset. They were in the back watching a DVD and I was poodling along the M3…

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World Book Day – Missing the point?

Today all over the country children went into school dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. I have watched this day unfold over social media for the last couple of years and have seen parents plan, with dedication, their children’s outfits. World Book Day celebrates the wonder of reading, books and authors with usually a week or so of events for the week around World Book Day and then a…

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What Are Your Thoughts on Gender Specific Toys?

When LP was born we tried to avoid having a house full of pink. She suited wearing bright colours and had a wardrobe full of bright and beautiful things. When buying toys we bought neutral colours and because of our love of wooden toys this was fairly easy to do. I wanted a house with minimal pink and because of this we found that we didn’t really push pink ‘girly’…

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Gender Stereotypes – The Nativity and Beyond

LP was in her nativity at school today. She was a star. We were asked a few days before to send her into school in black leggings and a black top – sparkle would be provided. My thoughts? Fantastic! LP loves stars and I don’t have to buy an expensive costumer. Win! Obviously I missed the modern day sexism memo that went out at the same time. When I went…

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When do we Forget about our Natural Beauty?

Like most parents I look at my daughter and see such a beautiful little girl. I see her eyes, her hair, her skin and love every tiny part of her. I see her blemishes – the scar on her lip where she fell over, running with a straw cup in her mouth and the scar on her chin where she fell over in the lounge and I love those too, the…

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A Branded Vocabulary

I realised today that my everyday vocabulary is full of the wrong words for things. I, like a lot of people, have the habit of using Brand names for things that have perfectly functional ‘real’ names and when I sat and thought about it I realised that my whole vocabulary is littered with Brands that have rubbed off on my speech over the years. I have never, ever done vacuum…

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Escaping Baby’s Bedroom

I’m sure most people can relate to the nights where you’re standing next to your child’s cot. You have spent time getting your child to sleep and they are finally in the cot, asleep. This is a momentous occasion and something that makes you want to punch the air and shout ‘Woohoo!’ but you have a sleeping baby, so instead of cheering you leave the room, as silently as possible.…

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