Imogen is suffering from half-term haze....
Who cares? Well, somebody has got to. As my husband raced out of the house to an important meeting, he looked at me apologetically and said, I’m sorry to leave you to deal with all the waste products. He was referring to our daughter’s vomit and the cat’s stinking wee, which I’d just trodden in … […]
I am not going to with a Mother of the Year award by admitting this, but there are a number of activities that I just didn’t enjoy when my children were small. These are probably the top three from my not-exhaustive list… Painting You get all the painting kit out, they daub for approximately 30 […]
Jean Rogers on why t4w must live on. For me, one of the great things about Totally4Women’s founder, Carolyn, was she had all the understanding and the energy of a woman, not born yesterday. To see the need, conceive the idea and build a website totally for women was inspired, and it is imperative that […]
The Chaos of Motherhood: Another blissful 24 hours! 12.45am Gloriously asleep, it’s a hot night, I’m tired and then, really like a dream, two figures appear on the threshold of my room: daughter and boyfriend, who stays with us. They’re in their ‘jamas holding hands and requesting Raid, the noxious insect killer spray. I stir, […]
A short story about the loneliness of motherhood by Jo Cocco.
I was hugely daunted about becoming a mother, spending nine months of pregnancy freaking out that as soon as Albert came into the world I would become a frumpy mother with sick on my shoulder and only nappies and bottles on my mind. Though I had always felt maternal and knew lots of happiness lay […]
It’s a sorry sight in any office, the harried working mother, eyes bright with lack of sleep, a spot of sick on her shoulder, mobile phone at the twitch. Instead of throwing herself into her work she must play it like a game of Whack-a-mole, delivering the marketing brief before the forgotten PE kit, dialling […]
The complaint I hear all the time from mothers who have gone back to salaried work part-time is that their jobs don’t respect the part-time hours nominally agreed in their contracts. And it’s true. They often don’t. There’s nearly always more you could or even should do before you leave to pick up the children… […]
Middle-class working mothers are leaving work because they are unwilling to behave like men, according to a research paper co-written by a University of Leicester management expert and a senior television producer. Mothers in professional and managerial jobs are expected to stay late or get in early even if they have negotiated reduced working hours, […]