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A selection of published articles

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel

Have you ever struggled to breastfeed a baby while playing football with your toddler… on holiday? Do you know how many renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” it takes for you to pull the car to the side of … Continue reading

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Sex chat

In our house we don’t do it much but we do talk about it – a lot. “Mummy, can a woman make a baby on her own?” asks my five year-old daughter. “No, she needs sperm from a man to … Continue reading

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Night Manoeuvres

One of the least welcome developments in child rearing has left us numbed by physical exhaustion and mental trauma. I’m not talking Contented Little Baby, Toddler Taming or Raising Boys, but The Sleepover Party, aka Lord of the Flies without … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Lapland

You must have seen the ads, they’re everywhere at this time of year, and if they catch you in a hyper-parenting mood you can find yourself thinking, if we don’t do it now it’ll be too late. Then you look … Continue reading

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I, a resting actor

Anyone with the temerity to work as an actor is told that they’ll probably spend at least 80% of their time “resting”, or as the non-acting world calls it, unemployed. It’s at these times that you can research the world … Continue reading

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What you should know before downsizing.

Downsizing. What does it mean to you? More precious hours spent communing with your family? Fewer frantic hours spent scrambling ‘twixt work, nursery, childminder and school sports day? A calm home life redolent with cut flowers, nourishing winter stews and … Continue reading

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I’m a Believer

How is it that a pair of habitual atheists can produce two children who are devout Christians? Some scientists claim faith is genetically pre-determined, but I fear our two are just more than usually keen to disbelieve their parents. Our … Continue reading

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Pink-a-boy!

Which do you prefer – Pink or Blue? I mean the colours, not the bands. They’re the shades that dominate a newborn’s life until they’re able to make up their own minds. But what happens if your child decides to … Continue reading

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Head Over Heels

When I call my three-year-old daughter “sossidge”, I am echoing the broken English of a man who coaxed back flips, somersaults and devotion from generations of eager students. Eugene Balla was 92 when he died in April this year, teaching … Continue reading

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What’s the password?

It was hard enough to remember the combination on my bike padlock. Now in the office or at home it’s not just one four-digit code or password I have to memorise. I need four-digit pins for each of my bank … Continue reading

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