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The secret to a life of love

Thirty-one years ago my (now) husband saved my teddy bear from certain disaster. We had just finished school and we were in a hotel room celebrating our newfound freedom. I hardly knew him and his rowdy group of friends but, as happens when you are young and carefree, his friends knew my friends and a party of sorts had spontaneously erupted in our hotel room. I was 17, … [Read More...]

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Petition against petitions

I’m tempted to petition against petitions. And as absurd as that sounds it’s not out of the realms of possibility given some of the things I have seen being signed … [Read More...]

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Money and profile are not my indicators of success

Here's another woman whose advice I wont be paying much attention to. Her name is Samantha Ettus and I only know she exists because I read an article about her … [Read More...]

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Here’s a great way to ruin your child’s digital footprint. And their self esteem

Let me tell you something about living with teenagers; it’s Hormone City and that place is not always packed with sunshine and happy times. Teens are moody and emotional underdeveloped adults. They take risks and they rebel against their parents while still leaning on them for support and protection. They sulk, they grunt and they […]

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 […]

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 it’s been quite liberating. Admittedly it’s much easier to escape guilt when your child is a teenager and you aren’t invested in the […]

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 practically transparent it’s so flimsy. But, along with my delicate (and wrinkled) skin, I have strong opinions and so […]

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 […]