Parenting

I Raised My Children to Be Feminists Without Realising

In many ways we were a very traditional family. I stayed at home and ran the house and the kids, whilst my husband worked long hours and travelled a lot with his career. But when I really think about it, we weren’t so traditional. My husband always did the main …

Consent to Travel: the Hidden Regulations

I’ve been a single parent for four years now. Even through the initial shock at gaining this status, one thing was absolutely clear to me: our daughter, not quite three years old at the time, was my primary consideration. Her life had to be as consistent, and as little impacted …

Parenting is Love at First Sight, isn’t it?

Postnatal depression isn’t something that is very well understood by the majority of people. The idea that a mother can feel no attachment to their baby is a completely alien idea to most, especially to another mother who is besotted with her child. That’s not how I initially felt about …

Lightsabers and Princess Dresses

I’m the oldest of five boys. All my younger cousins are boys. Scene set. I’m stood next to my girlfriend, watching a small screen and waiting for the doctor to confirm my virility and macho status in the family. I would continue this proud long round of boys! Ever since …