Body confidence, social media and me
Jul02

Body confidence, social media and me

Lately, there’s been a real spate of photos of women on social media in their underwear or swimwear. They’re not showing off, they’re showing us what a real woman looks like – stretch marks, cellulite and all. And I admire them. They look great and I applaud their confidence and their bravery. They’re reminding us all that the airbrushed images on social media and in magazines are neither real nor...

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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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