The incredible teachers who saved their students

In a week where parents mourn their children after yet another high school shooting, and NRA backed Republicans offer prayers - I thought of the incredible teachers who tried to actually do something - and save their students when the worst happened. In 1996 Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, carrying pistols and … Continue reading The incredible teachers who saved their students

Reader, I Killed Him

Ten years ago, when my daughter was still a plumptious baby, her older brother would entertain her by pretending to beat himself up while she laughed and clapped.  'I feel very sorry for your future boyfriends,' I said. Her Cercei Lannister streak was further confirmed last Christmas when she played Monopoly - howling with rage … Continue reading Reader, I Killed Him

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