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flum Thu 12-May-05 11:15:47

Anyone seen the Times 2 this morning article about a woman who moved from France to Washington (USA) and was staggered by all the crazy cookie baking, school inspecting, extra curricular activities by the American mummies

It was very interesting

zebraX Thu 12-May-05 11:20:48


flum Thu 12-May-05 11:22:43

Ermmm it was in the real newspaper.

will look on their site though

ghosty Thu 12-May-05 11:27:59

I have to say that when I moved to NZ I was shaken to the core at the 'home baking' phenomenon. Kiwi women NEVER EVER go to someone's house with a packet of bought biscuits ... always home baked muffins or scones made freshly that morning.
I invited some friends round for lunch the other week and they brought so much home made stuff (soup, bread etc) that I didn't have to put out my food at all
I have to say that I have been sucked in and now bake regularly!

flum Thu 12-May-05 11:28:11

ermm here it isi hope

flum Thu 12-May-05 11:44:03

long isn't it...................

flum Thu 12-May-05 12:14:28

obvioulsy all too busy baking and organising fantastiv birthday parties and playdates then.

flum Thu 12-May-05 12:16:27

oh my day is ruined am now hopelessly jealous of everyone I know. was happier in my ignorance.

never mind have a healthy baby, my dp adores me, and the sun is shining. life is still beautiful

flum Thu 12-May-05 12:17:00

oh burger wrong thread. that previous message

Bozza Thu 12-May-05 13:00:07

Just read some of the article and I can definitely recognise some of myself in it Flum. I have actually taken the day off work to make DD's first birthday cake and prepare for her party on Sunday. Not done anything so far, its such a nice day I've been too busy gardening. But all that will mean is that I am panicking trying to make a chocolate hedgehog and mini muffins at 11pm on Saturday!

flum Thu 12-May-05 13:01:22

mmm, i don't think i am really like that but then only have one easy peasy teeny weeny dd. but i did make 3 birthday cakes for her - as they kept coming out flat!!!

zebraX Thu 12-May-05 13:07:04

Hmmm... let's see, the people who were profiled in the book are ... a cancer specialist, a high profile journalist, and live in "affluent neighborhoods"....

Well, pretty representive of the population as a whole, especially working middle-class women in the USA, wouldn't you say? -- NOT.

flum Thu 12-May-05 13:07:40

yeah but it did say that it was about upper middle class tbf

Surfermum Thu 12-May-05 13:26:55

If I took my home made cakes to someone else's house I'd never be invited back.

slug Thu 12-May-05 16:02:25

<<<<<slinks in and admits to doing all her home baking and taking it round to frineds when invited>>>>>>>

tarantula Thu 12-May-05 16:21:00

Think Id feel like a smug mammy who was boasting/a cheapskate if I took homemade stuff to friends house. Dunno why cos Im not bad at knocking up sponges etc. Be a damn sight cheaper than a bottle of wine mind but not near as much fun

LunarSea Thu 12-May-05 16:30:37

There's a lot in that article which rings bells. It's very similar to some of what's in Alison Pearson's "I don't know how she does it" - faking home made mince pies etc.

lunavix Thu 12-May-05 16:34:57

The people at my playgroups etc don't even make homemade baby purees etc so I think they'd look at me like a 'super empowering NCT breast-feeding for 10 years ' type mummy if I ever showed up with home baked goodies.

Ds's godmother stuck cheese and pineapple on a stick into a cucumber to make a crocodile (annabel karmel thing) for ds's first birthday party and they thought it was insane!

expatinscotland Thu 12-May-05 16:40:31

Anyone who brings a Thornton's cake or plonk - or both - is welcome in my home !

slug Thu 12-May-05 16:41:39

OK I admit that I get the sluglet to help with the baking, then can claim its hers.

zebraX Thu 12-May-05 20:43:59

Slug! Where have you been?

ghosty Thu 12-May-05 20:56:47

Ah, but slug ... you are a kiwi are you not???

moondog Thu 12-May-05 21:03:21

I scratch my head in confusion when I hear that 'we' are always being made to feel that we have to do it all. What a load of shite! Most of the people I know feed their kids crap,watch too much tv,are lazy slatterns,can't cook and would never dream of organising a proper birthday party.

I do all the cooking,housework and creative stuff because I like it,not because i am made to feel I should. However,I've stopped inviting people round for dinner because none of them can be arsed to return the invitation.

NotQuiteCockney Thu 12-May-05 21:07:31

I bake. I don't clean etc, but I like baking.

Surfermum Thu 12-May-05 21:13:21

One of the mums in our toddler group brings lovely, scrummy sponge cakes. We love her.

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