6 reasons being a mom is not ‘the hardest job in the world’ (It’s not even a job)

Nothing brings the bile up into my throat like people declaring that ‘being a mum is the hardest job in the world!!’. I had to almost give up the internet when that sentimental, smug video, about how difficult a ‘job’ it was to be a ‘mom’ seemed to be popping …

Ages 2-5DisciplineParenting StylesScience

1,000 spankings a year? I think not.

Did you hear? Apparently the average four-year-old gets hit 936 times a year. Blimey, that’s a huge number. I must be a super parent – I don’t smack my kid nearly that much! Mind you, most parents these days are just drug-addicted benefit-scrounging criminals who shut their kids up with …

BabiesHealthPregnancy & Childbirth

A tale of two homebirth studies

To much fanfare, the Midwives Alliance of North America recently released the results of its five-year MANA Stats project, at last publishing the data collected from almost 17,000 midwife-attended home births in the US during the period 2004-2009. In the UK at the same time, a similar study was being conducted: …

Ages 2-5BabiesFeminismParenting Styles

You can be a feminist attachment parent, but promoting attachment parenting just ain’t feminist.

Do you sometimes read an article that makes you just want to get trapped in a broken lift with the author so you can scream incoherently at them for several hours? I read a piece like that this morning: Attachment Parenting IS Feminist.  So, I know it’s on the HuffPo …

Ages 2-5BabiesFoodHealth

“Is Breast Truly Best?” What this new breastfeeding study does (and doesn’t) say.

You might have seen in some news outlets reports about a study which apparently shows ‘no benefits’ of breastfeeding, and you’re even more likely to have seen the flurry of responses this study has produced. As is often the case, studies which run counter to current thinking (i.e., that breastfeeding …


What the social model of disability tells us about working parenthood

  “In our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society.” –  “Fundamental Principles of Disability – Comments on the discussion held between the Union and …

Ages 2-5Babies

Please stop telling me how smart your toddler is

I was chatting to another mum with a child a few months older than mine when she started telling me how tough it was having a gifted daughter. ‘She gets bored with toys so quickly! And we keep having to buy things for children several years older than her, just to keep …

Alternate Family ArrangementsBabiesFeminismParenting Styles

Stay at home dads need mums to step back

Dave Lesser posted an awesome piece in the Time Ideas blog the other month. He’s writing as a stay-at-home dad and primary parent describing the effect that this modern family arrangement has had on both him and his wife.  Their situation is much the same as mine and my husband’s …

Alternate Family ArrangementsFeminismPoly FamiliesReligion

Counterpoint: We can’t pretend polygamy isn’t a gender issue

We’ve seen a lot of successes for the campaign for equal marriage recently.  In the UK, the first same-sex marriages will be performed on 29th March 2014, while 17 US states now grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. Although there’s a long way still to go, public opinion is …

HealthPregnancy & Childbirth

On having a lemon where my body should be

Part of the reason my body is a lemon is that sometimes I go this yellow. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) “Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies …