Parenting teenagers or toddlers: Which is easier?
Jun22

Parenting teenagers or toddlers: Which is easier?

For just over two years now, I’ve been parenting three teenagers. Parenting any teenagers isn’t easy. Parenting three of them at once is definitely no walk in the park. Even when they’re good, like mine are most of the time. Teenagers are big and noisy and messy. They argue. They stay up late. But in a few days, I’ll be back down to parenting two teenagers, when my eldest turns 20. Which got me reflecting on 20...

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You’re a mum – get over yourself!!
Oct02

You’re a mum – get over yourself!!

My guilty pleasure is reading Heat magazine. I say ‘pleasure’, but half of the time it just winds me up. I’m too old for it. I’m reading about TV programmes I’ve never watched and never wanted to watch, about ‘celebrities’ I would never have otherwise heard of and fashions I will never wear. Yet, like a car crash, I can’t look away. Part of the pleasure comes from shouting at it. Well, I...

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The Gallery: Mothers
Mar11

The Gallery: Mothers

I was the first of my generation to become a mother. No friends or family had gone before me, so I had nobody to learn from but the best. I learned everything there is to know about being a mother from my own mum. My mum did everything for us. She was always there for us. She cooked, cleaned and tidied up. We didn’t have to do the hoovering or our own washing, because our mum was there to do it for us. That’s just what...

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