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Sudocrem and car keys: all your baby *really* needs  

Forget the expensive toys and stimulating games - babies' tastes tend to be simple in nature, writes Kohl Mama

remote"Sudocrem brings a whole new meaning to exploratory sensory play. This inexpensive, thick, sticky and impossible-to-remove cream is feared by all parents with a mobile baby. By using words and questions during play that relate to your child's experience, as a parent or caregiver you can link sensory experiences with cognitive growth, leading to new vocabulary acquisition. Maybe "F***!!! The new TV!!!" is not ideal."

Tuesday's blog of the day: Why we need to stop using the word 'mumpreneur'

Combining running a business with being a mother is no mean feat, but defining women by their childbearing status is insulting and patronising, writes Emma Woods of Still You

Working mother"As long as this term is out there shamelessly distracting the nation with its audacious mumtastic headlines, it throws a shadow over the real issues facing mothers returning to work. We get so obsessed with how so-and-so managed to create an empire during nap-time (honestly, the mind boggles) that we're not asking whether this was her only palatable option. Did she struggle to return to traditional employment and if so, why?"

Monday's blog of the day: You may have got out of the kitchen, but it's still your responsibility

While women in highly paid professional roles are perceived as 'successful', this does not mean they have escaped sexism at home, argues Feminist Mum

lean in"In reality, the interests of women are not that different whether you are working or middle class because, even if you can afford to outsource your ironing and reach a level of professional success, society's expectations of female realms of responsibility remain the same. As long as we continue to judge each other and fail to value the contribution that women make in all spheres of society, we are doing ourselves an injustice."

Friday's blog of the day: Slightly twisted socks, and other causes of toddler meltdowns

As Hurrah for Gin's second child enters the terrible twos, she looks at the *entirely* rational reasons behind toddler tantrums

tantrum"I've been having flashbacks to my first son tantruming so much that his face turned blue and his body lay jerking on the floor. I remember screaming, convinced that he was having some sort of seizure and dashing for my phone to call 999. It turned out he was just a bit pissed off that I had broken his banana in half. And at that moment, all the anger at being given an incomplete bit of fruit was deemed more significant than actually just breathing."

Thursday's blog of the day: After alcohol: 'now, I can't have a drink to fix it' 

It's much easier to agree to things after a drink or three - but since going teetotal, After Alcohol wonders whether this is such a good thing after all


"'I'm ruining your party because you want me to dance and be happy and I'm tired and I can't have a drink to fix it', I blurted to my husband. He looked at me in silence, because it was the first time I have come close to saying I wished I could drink but felt I couldn't. But the thing is, I didn't want to drink. What I wanted was some space. What I wanted was to be left alone for a moment, to relax, to have a moment where I wasn't feeling as if someone else's enjoyment and happiness was dependent on me."

Last updated: 28-Jan-2015 at 11:19 AM