The contradictions of imperfect parenthood

The contradictions of imperfect parenthood

I looked down at the smashed glass Christmas bauble and felt hot tears well in my eyes. I knew it was irrational, but the disappointment, exasperation and feelings of failure that had been bubbling away finally made it the surface, and the broken Christmas decoration...
Gender disappointment, or not…

Gender disappointment, or not…

I’m 6 months pregnant with my second child, and although I’m definitely more exhausted, I feel like a huge whale already and can’t comprehend how I’m going to last 3 more months while running after a toddler, fortunately everything is going...
‘We’re all going on a summer holiday…’

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday…’

I’ve recently returned from a family holiday on the beach. It was idyllic – long, sunny days that never got below 25 degrees, a beautiful, deserted beach on our door step that we only shared with sea gulls and the occasional beach jogger and the crisp sea...