Fear is a funny thing. Girlbug is really only just learning about it. She isn’t particularly cautious or fearful by nature, but these last few weeks, she has declared she’s scared of the dark and of monsters. Thing is, the glint in her eye and smirk round her lips tell me otherwise. She’s just practising. … More Fear, risk and the parental echo chamber
Happy New Year! As we watched the fireworks on TV at midnight, and I thought about my personal resolutions, I couldn’t help but think about this neglected blog. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with it, but thought I should at least give it a second chance. In part it is my … More Resolutions and excuses
So, Boybug has his 2-year review with the health visitor next week. I knew it was coming, and was braced for questions about his height and/or weight, maybe a question about his language, movement, social skills. I was not expecting a 7 page questionnaire!! Now, at the top of the questionnaire it does say “this … More Tests for two year olds?
Ah, that time of innocence, of long happy summers on warm beaches, of drinking Orangina out of strange-shaped bottles, of trying to extricate unknown seafood out of shells with an arsenal of unknown tools. OK. Maybe not representative of all of our experience in the EU, and I suspect we’ll still be allowed over there … More The innocence of EU-th
Today is his fourth Father’s Day. In those four years, all four members of our family (and the cat and the fish too) have changed beyond measure. I find the rate of change in children between birth and two years astonishing. So quickly you love from cradling a helpless bundle in your arms, to them … More Four things on his fourth Father’s Day
Ah, back to this topic. I’ve mentioned before Boybug’s ample stature, and that at seven months the health visitor advised me to consider portion control (I didn’t do it). But was she right? Am I over-feeding Boybug? Is he heavy or fat or both? I read this on the BBC last week: “Researchers used the … More Is a heavy baby a fat baby?
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!
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?
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!
So today, ministers debated the Meningits B vaccine in the House of Commons. I had planned to watch it, summarise it and write an opinion piece today. But,it’s almost three hours long. So, a more detailed analysis will have to wait until (maybe) tomorrow. In the meantime, from watching a small portion of it, it … More Meningitis vaccine debate in the House of Commons