There are really very few occasions I can think of when anyone saying “maybe you shouldn’t have a baby right now” is going to be either wise or welcomed. Even fewer where the entity saying it is a national government. But it happens. In the recent Zika virus outbreak in South America, several countries called … More It’s not OK to tell a woman to delay pregnancy!
Happy half term! This is the easy one. The one where the kids play in the sun and I sit back and watch at a distance with a cold alcoholic beverage. The one that’s only really four days long. The one where the kids look just the right level of sun-kissed by the end. The … More The easy half term!
Induction – the word feared by many a pregnant woman! Sure, some babies need to be induced for medical reasons, but when does “not coming out on the date they said” become a medical reason? I remember in my antenatal class being told about induction, and the increased risks that go with it. I did … More When babies aren’t ready to come
I feel like I’ve used every tool in my Parenting Arsenal, and the kids still aren’t playing ball. Am I just overthinking things? I’m not arguing against evidence-based parenting (obviously!), but there are times when I wonder if I might do better going on instinct…but usually as I’m thinking this I am also looking up … More Five (or more) animals that do parenting better than me
I knew it. When, as a tiny baby Girlbug stuck her tongue out, it wasn’t aimed at me! The latest science seems to show (I say seems, I can only access the abstract) that babies don’t possess the innate ability to mimic facial expressions. It’s learnt some time after birth. Isn’t he early weeks, if … More It wasn’t aimed at you Mum!
No. No, it’s definitely not. But please do read on, don’t just go away safe in the knowledge that Lego will not break your children! Did you see Ben Fogle is worried that Lego have “cheated youngsters and their parents out of any chance to be creative”. No? Well he is very concerned. It’s now … More Is Lego ruining our kids?
Life with young chidren seems to make stomach upsets unavoidable. Thankfully, they’re usually over pretty quickly. I often see posts about it on social media, so I’ve made a little infographic, and had a think about some of the questions that are sometimes asked. Like everything, there are exceptions to the rule. Like always, I’m not offering … More What caused the stomach ache?
I’ve written about Meningitis B more than anything else in the last few months. But it has probably been the most high profile “kids and science” topic in the last few years! Last week the petition was finally considered in the House of Commons, and here’s what will probably be my final piece on it … More Meningitis B, again!