Where are the Dads?

It’s International Fathers’ Mental Health Day, following on from Fathers’ Day in the UK yesterday. We have increased awareness – at last – that becoming a parent can impact upon mothers’ mental health, and Mark Williams and Dr...

F*!?rs

When my eldest was about 6 months old, I called my husband at work and asked if he could be home before bathtime. His colleague, a dad himself, heard us on the phone and said to him: “The sooner she realises she can’t rely on you, the better for both of you”. I don’t...

Sorry Not Sorry

Do you make your kids say sorry? It’s a question I’ve asked myself countless times during the various shoves, whacks, hair yanks and occasional bites I’ve dealt with over the past few years. When I was growing up, misdemeanours were immediately rectified with a...
Who’s Capable?

Who’s Capable?

I was musing this morning, when I awoke to the baby’s babbles on one side and my three year old’s foot in my ear on the other, on the idea of being capable. I remember as my eldest got older, increasingly I would hear statements suggesting I needed to push her forward...
Ghost Busting

Ghost Busting

“In every nursery there are ghosts. They are the visitors from the unremembered past of the parents; the uninvited guests at the christening” Selma Fraiberg So far, I’ve written a lot about how important it is to trust your instincts. Today, just when you...