Four years ago I entered a writing competition on the theme of motherhood, at the time my daughter was 5 months old, and had only come home from hospital a few weeks before. So this is what I wrote. I never used to want to be a mother, in fact the very thought of it… Read More The Un-Mother
Boys are taught from a young age that fashion and makeup are a girls domain, that it is taboo for them to want to experiment and be playful with their appearance. I think it is so important for them to see men who will push boundaries and demonstrate that it’s absolutely fine for boys to… Read More Men can experiment with makeup and fashion – David Bowie portrait
It is very important to me that both my children grow up knowing that they do not have to change who they are, that they do not need to limit themselves just because society is so attached to restrictive gender roles. There are loads of incredible female role models for little girls – loads of… Read More Inspiring boys to break the mould
I’ve been thinking about this case recently, where an eight month old has been issued a health card which does not mention their sex. The reason given for this is that the parent wants to ensure they grow up “the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the… Read More Raising a child gender free
My kids have reached that age. Now the infuriating conversations have started. “Boys do this, girls don’t” “That’s a girls toy” “Girls don’t like that” No matter that, up until this point, I’ve always encouraged both children to play with and like whatever they want. I’ve been very clear that there are no “boys toys”… Read More “That’s a boy thing”
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Let me just start this post by saying, if I actually manage to write this without it just turning into a string of expletives I’ll be impressed. It turns out Jamie Oliver is so fired up on the “success” of his sugar tax, that now he wants to go after those awful awful mothers who… Read More Breastfeeding and Jamie Oliver
This is going to be a slightly childish post, I’d apologise but I’m not really sorry. Some of you may have seen my previous posts about social services (pt 2), well here is the update, there’s a fair bit to go through.
So earlier today I wrote a post about the problems we’d been having with social services, I’ve already got more to add to it. In this one I’m going to talk about how health visitors need to drastically improve their training, and how social services need to quit pretending they are there to support families when… Read More Social Services vs. actual support Pt. 2
This Saturday just gone I ventured into a wonderland of natural beauty filled with fantasy creatures and colour. Well, maybe not the fantasy creatures.. more people wearing fairy wings and glitter. But some absolutely incredible natural beauty and colour! Come Away With The Faeries Festival was an event, put on by the Funky Festival Company,… Read More Come Away With The Faeries