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From pampering to Pampers: holiday prep pre- and post-kids

Hurrah For Gin is about to take her little'uns on their very first flight - and just packing for the trip is making her need a holiday

mcmuffin hurrah for gin"Before kids: Select day time outfits AND evening outfits. Take numerous pairs of shoes with varying heel heights.
After kids: Fill up one whole suitcase with nappies, factor 50 sun cream and Calpol and fill up the rest with kids clothes, kids spare clothes, blow up items, plastic beach crap, black-out blinds, special cups and 26 absolutely vital toys that cannot possibly be left behind. Chuck in three £5 Primark dresses for yourself."

Wednesday's blog of the day: On raising my son with three girls

Ghostwriter Mummy's fourth-born is surrounded by sisters. She shares how she hopes this will shape the man he'll become 

brother three sisters

"I hope that it means he will one day be a man who isn't afraid of women. Who can speak to them, form relationships with them and have them as friends.

I hope that it means he will carry a respect for women through his life; I hope that my daughters and I will teach him that girls can do just as much as boys, and often fight a little bit harder to prove that point. I hope that he too will fight for equality for his sisters and that he will stand up for their rights when he needs to."

Tuesday's blog of the day: What should we tell our kids about terrorism?

In light of the devastating attack in Tunisia, Amy Ransom considers how we should answer our children's inevitable questions 


"This is, of course, what terrorism does. It spreads fear. Suspicion. Doubt. Where there should be happiness, enjoyment and trust. We carry on doing the things we have to do. The things we love. We go to work. We get on the tube. We go to the cinema. In that sense, terrorists won't stop us. But after every terrorist attack, we feel beaten. So, when my children are old enough to hear the news and understand, what will I say? Will I tell them that some people kill to express their differences? Will I reassure them that these things happen far, far away from us? On battlegrounds? Because they don't, do they?"

Monday's blog of the day: What my toddler has in common with Kanye West 

Following Kanye's characteristically modest Glastonbury performance, The Dysfunctional Mother considers how her three-year-old measures up


"In the dead of winter it's a half an hour job to persuade Jack to wear his coat and wellies, but as soon as it turns thirty degrees outside he decides its time for duffle coats and bobble hats. Kanye obviously shares the same notion for excessive clothing in sweltering temperatures. Never has the anagram 'Sweaty Ken' been truer than under those several hundred spotlights. But would he take his jacket off? Would he heck as like." 


Last updated: 03-Jul-2015 at 12:38 PM