Why are we more protective of daughters when our sons are far more likely to be victims of criminal violence?

It’s half term so my daughter (12) and a close friend of hers (13) are both staying with my boyfriend and I in Manchester.  The Girl suggested a trip into town with her friend – let’s call her Molly, and we’ll call my girl, Lara as that’s her name.  When we suggested they might like … Continue reading Why are we more protective of daughters when our sons are far more likely to be victims of criminal violence?

That awful moment when you realise you can’t protect your child from pain and failure

The girl comes home from school her lip trembling.  I ask her if she’s ok and she says she’s fine.  We talk about school for a minute, then I repeat my question.  She repeats her answer a little louder and shrugs to her room. The girl is just twelve but has become very private recently.  … Continue reading That awful moment when you realise you can’t protect your child from pain and failure

99% of workplace stress down to worrying about childcare

SAYS WHO?  you might say.  Well says me.  Only three weeks ago I saw one of my work colleagues being ranted at by an ex-student because he wanted a meeting 'NOW' and she politely explained that she couldn't as she had to leave and pick up her child because if she was late she would … Continue reading 99% of workplace stress down to worrying about childcare

Crash helmets to protect you from life’s knocks

I’m talking to a friend about roller skates.  Not the carefully designed ergonomic ones of today, complete with full body padding accessories but the seriously dodgy ones of my youth.  Held onto the foot by a single strap of leather, they were impossible to control, so we would stumble up and down the street, twisting … Continue reading Crash helmets to protect you from life’s knocks

Political Puffering and Barclays Bollocks

The wonderful JK Rowling continues her refusal to join the Rich People's Club.  In a Gingerbread article, she says, 'I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.'  She remembers the small kindnesses of some, such as the lady who allowed JK to bring her baby … Continue reading Political Puffering and Barclays Bollocks

When you can’t find your kid it’s the worst thing in the world

The Girl and I are staying with The Bear in a small village outside Manchester.  It's the kind of place where after a couple of days, shop owners use your name and ask whether that nasty rash is any better.  The weather is sunny and The Girl wants to walk to swimming lessons by herself. … Continue reading When you can’t find your kid it’s the worst thing in the world

The Bear and The Princess

There was a letter in the Guardian recently - a woman who was wavering about moving her boyfriend in after he once shouted at her six year old son.   'He has a fiery temper' she said, which sounds much more acceptable than 'my boyfriend is a bully'.  Words and their interpretation aside, Annalisa Barbieri … Continue reading The Bear and The Princess