What kind of mum are you?

What kind of mum are you?

Why not take this overly-simplified, horribly stereotyped test to tell you what you already know? I know, I’m selling it HARD. When you open the curtains to find the weather is grey and drizzly with that fine rain that apparently gets you really wet, you know, wetter...
Should motherhood define us?

Should motherhood define us?

The scale of the adjustment from no children to one has never since been matched despite the best efforts of the arrival of a second child and the departure of my career. There’s no doubt that motherhood has changed me. I’m confident I’m not alone in that assertion...

How I found myself unemployed and angry

“Perhaps you should hand your notice in. You don’t seem as robust as you once were.” With disbelieving ears I absorbed the words and, winded by the wound they had inflicted, struggled to defend myself. The lump in my throat dissolved into the tears that are always...
Is staying at home the same as having a J.O.B?

Is staying at home the same as having a J.O.B?

“Do you work?” “Oh, yes. Yes, how about you?” “Oh I’m a teacher… what do you do?” “I’m a mum – I have two children.” “Oh no, I mean what do you do for a JOB.” “Yeh, exactly. I’m a mum.” Contraversial I know, but this is exactly how the conversation I’ve...
The financial fallout of fertility

The financial fallout of fertility

I’m a child of the 80s, teenager of the 90s, young woman of the noughties, and for My Entire Life the emphasis has been on becoming an independent, empowered woman. A concept inextricably entwined in my mind with earning my own money. But now, as a woman in my...