Author: Sarah Thompson

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a progressive on the old gender neutrals parenting front. My daughter was born around the time the Pink Stinks campaign came along, and it really opened my eyes to the issue, made me question all the gender assumptions and stereotyping around her toys […]

Family conflict produces creative kids

Family conflict produces creative kids

Each year as Christmas approaches, my married friends begin to gently sob into their flat whites about how much work there is to do and how they are the ones doing *everything* yet again, and how they’re not looking forward to the in-laws coming and/or going to the in-laws and […]

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Sarah Thompson wonders if she has missed the point by keeping her little darlings entirely out of harm’s way on bonfire night,  November 5th.   My children and I are lucky enough to live in a house on a hill, with far-reaching views across the town where we live. When […]

Halloween is cancelled

Halloween is cancelled

Halloween is cancelled in my house. I’m not usually the kind of parent who draws the line on things. If my children want to stay up late at the weekend and watch inappropriate films I tend to let them. If they beg me for treats and snacks that I know […]

No-one actually wants a third child. Do they?

No-one actually wants a third child. Do they?

I can’t be the only mum who heard about Kate and Wills having a third child on the way and immediately thought they must be doing it because: a) They’re being forced to by some evil royal protocol b) They got really drunk at a boring ambassador’s receoption and, well […]

Festivals with children : What to know

Festivals with children : What to know

In my day, back when this was all fields, you knew where you stood with festivals. You had your Glastonbury and your Reading, maybe the occasional rave. Wherever and whatever they were, one thing was clear: they weren’t for children. You’d be sleeping in your clothes in a poorly erected […]

If you want my parenting advice

If you want my parenting advice

It’s just been Parenting Advice Week, everyone! What’s that, you have never heard of Parenting Advice Week? OK, neither had I. Do we really need Parenting Advice Week, one wonders? Surely the one thing most parents are not short on is advice. Everyone loves sharing their wisdom with wide-eyed new […]

Maternity Leave: Domestic Bliss or Epic Fail?

Maternity Leave: Domestic Bliss or Epic Fail?

  Who hasn’t secretly been excited about maternity leave – not because of the lovely baby you’re having – but because it means you finally get to play at being a Proper Housewife. Pre-pregnancy, girl about town, your domestic powers extend to wrenching the wet clothes out of the washing […]