Category Archives: parenting

Toy Guns and Carefully Shaped Pieces of Seaweed

Like many of you, I feel almost unresolvably torn when it comes to little kids and games of murder. Raising SBJ to be a kind, non-violent man is a high priority for us, so what do we do about games of cops and robbers or pirates? My besties Nicholas, Richard and I played ‘Luke and […]

Read More

Making Parenting Easier #3: Get Some Sleep

My toddler has been deeply asleep for two hours, and looks like he won’t need anything more than a lying-down, half-asleep feed between now and morning. So why am I writing a blog post instead of catching up on the sleep I missed last night when he was up every hour? Because, like many parents, […]

Read More

Making Parenting Easier #2: Meet Your Neighbours

Sesame Street is a great source of wisdom and inspiration, don’t you agree? Like this song, a regular when I was in the target demographic: So who are the people in your neighbourhood In your neighbourhood, in your neighbourhood? So who are the people in your neighbourhood? They’re the people that you meet When you’re […]

Read More

Do We Like Obedience?

How important is it that our children are obedient? This fromĀ Annalisa Barbieri in the Guardian: Most parenting books are about how to get children to do things well. By well, read obediently. When and how you – the adult – want them to do something: eat well, pee in the potty, sleep well (that’s the […]

Read More

Single #4: Honorary Aunts and Uncles

In Steve Biddulph‘s new book, Raising Girls, he apparently calls for an army of aunts to take their place in helping parents to raise resilient young women in a difficult era. The Guardian reports: It is a view about to be revived by bestselling author and psychologist Steve Biddulph, who is calling for an “aunties […]

Read More