The One Where Friends Taught Us All About Babies

As a nineties/noughties teen I loved (or rather – still love) Friends more than is probably acceptable. So did all my friends. It made us laugh, it made us cry, it made us feel better about ourselves and it taught us a lot of valuable life lessons. (Like, if you ever get stung by a jellyfish you should pee on yourself. I’ve got that one safely filed away in case the situation ever presents itself!)

Now, looking back on it as a parent myself, I can see it actually taught us a few timeless truths about parenting along the way, too. Continue reading

Making Plans with the Girls: Pre-babies vs Post-babies

We all know how difficult it is to arrange a social gathering of any kind when there are multiple people involved. Particularly if those people are spread out around different parts of the country. It’s hard enough to get a date everyone can do even when everybody is childless and only really has themselves to think about it. Fast forward a few years to a time when there are offspring involved and things can get very tricky indeed. Continue reading

That Thing Which We Must Never Speak Of

I’m not a superstitious person. I will walk under ladders, open umbrellas inside, put new shoes on the table and say ‘Macbeth’ out loud in the theatre all without fear of bringing bad luck upon myself or my nearest and dearest. Even so, my journey into the world of parenthood so far has left me fairly convinced that there is one area in life that should always be treated with the utmost caution. I have become superstitious about just one thing. Continue reading