My Journey Into Motherhood

Losing and rediscovering my sense of self after becoming a mother

Two years ago I completely lost sense of who I was. I had little idea of what I was really feeling, I didn’t know who I was supposed to be, I didn’t recognise the person I saw…

5 min


What the f**k is it all about?

Considered extremely uncouth by many, swearing seems to serve a different purpose to different people. I’m putting it out there that I love a good swear – somehow the words, that often sound as angry as…

6 min

Amsterfam: Fizzy Chewits

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

Setting aside the incomprehensible language, the wormholes of homesickness and the abject horror of an existence without Branston pickle, there is much to be said for family life in the Netherlands. The Dutch have some ingenious…

7 min

Xian Hui

A story of hope and survival after stillbirth

Where do you start with the hardest and most bittersweet story you will ever have to write? The story of my little darling girl that died, the longed for baby that we tried for nearly three…

14 min

Letter to my Teenage Son

How to be a good man, or ‘The Book of Mum’

Two years ago, my teenage son told me he wanted to go and live with his father in South Africa. His dream was to attend a well-known boys’ school near Capetown for his A-levels, a school which…

5 min

Labour Day

My positive (emergency C-section) birth experience

Firstly, right off the bat I want to say that I had an overwhelmingly positive birth experience. I might even want to go as far as to say I had a really good time.  Having heard quite…

7 min

Amsterfam: Frayed

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

At the beginning of the second week of Dutch school, I find myself in sole charge of our three children, because My Lawyer husband has gone away with The Job He Won’t Have To Travel With….

7 min

Motherhood over 40

Refusing to be Invisible

Apparently having a child over forty makes you foolish, selfish, ridiculous and likely to be decrepit at the school gates. I read this in an article, which had been published about motherhood beyond your twenties. There…

4 min