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Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

I used to feel like screaming into a pillow because of my daughter’s picky eating. She was four, had two younger sisters, was underweight, and she only ate beige food. Two bits of pasta. Then: I’d say: It was harder work than feeding our toddler….

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Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness brings clarity to a philosophy I’ve been seeking a lifelong understanding of. I grew up in a household where both parents were experienced in Zen Buddhist meditation. It seeped into my world view, I see with hindsight The Buddha of rural North Devon When…

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Midwife: “The world’s your oyster if you breastfeed, you can always stuff them up yer jumper” Portable technology You might even be able to wander round doing it. I enjoyed both the National Portrait Gallery and David Hockney, like a cavewoman in a centre of…

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Learning to ask

Learning to ask

I’m asking you to view and ‘like’ my animation on YouTube, to help me win a scholarship. Asking is humbling, but man, what a skill Children know how to ask How to depend. My nearly-three-year-old daughter asks me for all kinds of surprising things. This…

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Mad maternity thoughts: ‘I’ll accidentally break my baby’

Mad maternity thoughts: ‘I’ll accidentally break my baby’

As my brain tries to wrap itself around the delicacy of my newborn baby, and my responsibility, I dream… …I let the baby, who in my dream is as tiny as my older daughter’s little octopus bathtoy, slip under the surface of the bathwater, where…

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F**K productivity, I’m going on holiday

F**K productivity, I’m going on holiday

I was getting lost in planning the future. So I’m packing my bags to take a holiday. Here. In my everyday life. Wish you were here? Come along! Sack off productivity this week and just hang out. Apply your scheming mind to organising pingpong games,…

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Motherhood: feeling unproductive?

Motherhood: feeling unproductive?

Time disappears when you’re with a newborn baby. How unproductive you’re being! But wait… You can’t get anything done, right? You don’t really understand where the time is going: it flies away. You have no real time to yourself, enough for a shower or to unstack…

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Hello new life: a newborn baby with nine months of story

Hello new life: a newborn baby with nine months of story

Welcome, newborn baby. You’ve got plenty to teach me about individuality and being yourself There’s new life in my life Today’s the second-week anniversary of my second daughter’s birth. She’s slowly awakening, opening her tiny deep black irises to look at the world for just a…

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