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Crunchy stuff: EC round 2

My husband teases me about being a bit of a crunchy mom. Crunchy as in granola. Natural home birth mom, breastfeeding mom, babywearing mom, co-sleeping mom, attachment parenting mom, cloth nappies mom. I’m a walking stereotype, really. Anyway, right up … Continue reading

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Far from the tree

Occasionally it happens: you meet someone, or read someone, or – the Internet being what it is – you click on a link and spend 15 minutes watching something, and a world opens up. You suddenly see or know or … Continue reading

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What school are you sending him to?

One of the worst things about being a parent is the ubiqitous “What school are you sending your child to?” question. It starts when your child is around 3 months old (I kid you not), and it doesn’t let up … Continue reading

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Schooling the world

Someone passed on this link: Schooling the World The film looks fascinating and thought-provoking. I admit: schooling makes me hideously uneasy. Not least because I disliked school myself; from the first day, feeling like I’d been thrown into a place … Continue reading

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Alfie Kohn on “Supernanny”

Atrocious Advice from “Supernanny” By Alfie Kohn [This is a slightly expanded version of the published article, which was titled “Supernanny State.”] A despot welcomes a riot. Disorder provides an excuse to rescind liberties in order to restore calm. There … Continue reading

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Parenting literature: The Self-Esteem Trap

I’ve been a bit wary of parenting literature. Firstly, there’s too much of it available. Secondly too much of it is based on a weirdly mechanistic view of the world in which children are seen as little machines that should … Continue reading

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Parenting peeves

It’s a minefield, this parenting thing. But we have so much information available. And we all have our own experiences of childhood to use as a touchstone; surely we can remember what felt right to us as kids, and what … Continue reading

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Jungle gym

At a playpark yesterday. A little girl scramble to the top of the jungle gym. Yells: “Mummy, get me, get me, get me!” Her mother looks up at her. “Sweetheart, if you want people to get you, you shouldn’t climb … Continue reading

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What I’ve got against sleep trainers

Quarter to 11 on a Saturday night, and I’m wondering (as usual) whether my child is going to have to collapse with exhaustion before he allows himself to get to sleep. Sleep is this monster topic with parents. Are you … Continue reading

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Quandary for Mother’s Day

I used to get impatient when I read articles questioning whether women can match their male counterparts in earning ability and career prospects. Of course they can, I used to think irritably. Is it possible to strike a balance between … Continue reading

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