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Does it matter if Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke look beautiful or not?

The newly released images of Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke are absolutely awesome – in fact they make up what is probably the best underwear campaign I can remember seeing – but let’s be real I don’t spend a lot of time remembering underwear ads. Lonely, the underwear brand says the campaign “features candid portraits of inspiring women in their natural environments wearing … [Read More...]

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Motherhood guilt is a sickness

It’s a long time since I’ve been consumed with guilt by my own parenting. In fact many a month has passed since I have been tied up in knots of self-reproach and … [Read More...]

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Is Facebook causing us to disconnect from people?

You have to have a tough skin to write for a big online audience. The feedback is often as brutal as it is swift. But I don’t have a tough skin, in fact my skin is … [Read More...]

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I’m taking my parenting advice from the police

Just when I thought my days as a helicopter mother were over the police have informed me that I should continue. And I am nothing if not law abiding. As far as labels go I never had a problem with “helicopter parent”. I know it’s got a bad rap in the press and I’m sure […]

Is this really what we want to teach our kids?

Yesterday I saw an absolutely terrible contract that was supposedly written by an 8th grader to her boyfriend. It was a contract that I have seen described as “cute” “hilarious” and “the best thing ever” in various media outlets. I describe it as frightening, harrowing and indicative of some real problems. Hopefully soon I will […]

Why do men think women want pictures of their bits?

There are some things I don’t think I’ll ever get, like maths, coriander and dick pics. And while I am happy enough to live a life with maths and coriander, I don’t believe anyone should have to put up with unsolicited pictures of someone’s manhood. The whole thing came to a head (yes, I know) […]

It’s a down down? No, it’s just a downer

I am not a big TV watcher, my attention span doesn’t allow it and nor does my husband. Not that he doesn’t physically allow it but lord, he really likes to watch stuff that has no appeal to me and I couldn’t be bothered arguing with him or taking the remote control off him. The […]

10 things you must do in order to get a good night’s sleep

For as long as I can remember I’ve had horrible bouts of insomnia. These bouts are nicely interspersed with times of sleeplessness. As you can imagine, I have (exhaustedly) gone through hundreds of tips meant to help get me to sleep and what’s more to sleep through the night. So far I haven’t had a lot of luck […]

So many accidents involving kids. Who is to blame?

Of all the things my son has ruined, my ability to sleep for a whole night is the one I miss the most. And I don’t even think that was an accident on his behalf – it’s just one of those things that babies do. Then they grow up and have real accidents. Kids climb […]