Why children who don’t sleep through the night might have saved humanity (sort of)

In terms of sleeping, I reckon my children were born a few millennia too late. Picture the scene: It’s 50,000BC and you and your family are asleep in a cave. It’s the middle of the night and your campfire has almost burnt out. There’s a sabre-toothed tiger prowling around outside and it’s mighty hungry (I’ve no idea if sabre-toothed tigers were still around 50,000 years … Continue reading Why children who don’t sleep through the night might have saved humanity (sort of)

How I got my picker eater to eat: the simple trick that worked for us

My five-year-old, Eric, used to be a brilliant eater. As soon as he hit six months old we served him up all sorts of pretentious food – chilli, falafels, salmon stir fry, lentil curry, beef tagine, chicken with apricots (no prizes for guessing whose weaning cookbooks I wasted all my maternity pay on…). And he pretty much downed the lot. He consumed so much houmous … Continue reading How I got my picker eater to eat: the simple trick that worked for us

The best worst presents to buy a preschooler

Your child has been invited to a birthday party, and you want to buy a gift to impress. So far so good. Now ask yourself: ‘Do I want to impress the child or the parent?’ Because in my opinion, you can’t have it both ways. Scientists have discovered* there’s a direct correlation between how much a child loves a present and how much their parents hate … Continue reading The best worst presents to buy a preschooler

Why there’s no such thing as the ‘right’ nappy

  Why is it that as soon as we become parents, our conversations start revolving around baby dance classes, sleep (or lack of it) and poo? Before I had kids dancing was an activity confined to a Saturday night after copious amounts of fizzy wine. Now I think nothing of dragging my arse out of bed for a 10am Funky Feet class where I’ll sing … Continue reading Why there’s no such thing as the ‘right’ nappy