Is it true that to be a good mother, your child must not spend time in paid for childcare? Do you think this ‘fact’ is just another way of putting a wedge between women? I believe it could well be a way of holding women back from achieving their dreams? Before my husband John and I got married, we talked and agreed on the type of childcare we wanted for our children (if we ever had children). The agreement was that one of us would have to sacrifice his or her career for a few years. Well, at least until the children were in full-time education. And this was what we did when our first daughter was born. Practicality meant I was the one who gave up their career because it made sense to; John earned far more than me. I remember the day I called my former employers (a well-known pharmaceutical company) to resign. I felt sad and angry that I had to give up my seat at the table. A seat I had …
So, yesterday I was catching up on BBC Radio 4,s Womans Hour podcast when the topic of disliking your child’s friends was discussed. Jenny Eclair and Lucy Cavendish (both mothers) were invited to the studio to give their opinions. Their views on this subject made me laugh hard and nod in agreement…
The best advice I was ever given on parenting was from our family Doctor, who is now retired. A mother herself. I had just given birth to my first child who became ill with a cold. I felt she was not recovering quickly enough so I kept taking her back to get the Doctors Surgery for reassurance…
This is a photo of me taken this morning by my 7-year-old daughter. She took the photo before the madness which goes with our weekday morning routines begins.This madness is always triggered by my determination to get her and her sister to school before 8.50am…
We are learning to swim. Not me, my daughters.
They had their first ever swimming lessons yesterday… Hooray!
Excited and dressed up in their uncomfortable swimming gear. And, on their heads, painful constricted swimming caps, I drove them to their very first swimming class somewhere in Surrey…
Is it ever acceptable for a parent to tell their child to hit another child?
Some say it depends.
Depends on what? I ask.
The circumstances, they may reply.
I’m confused. Very confused.
I’m torn between two Schools of Thought.
My Mum left this world forever leaving all her “junk” behind.
She left all her expensive but hardly worn “Iro and Buba” attires. These attires were sewn out of Swiss lace, Guinea brocade and Hollandis Wax. The Swiss lace, she wore only on Sundays to church or parties.
She was known for not wearing the same outfit twice.
Did I mention she did not take any of her chunky gold jewellery with her? The gold jewellery she purchased from traders who brought them back from Saudi Arabia. Some designed by the local goldsmith who lived down the road from us.