Her First Bad Touch: When Children Get Violated

One day, when my 10-year-old daughter got home from camp, she turned to me and said, "Today, in the pool? A man came up and grabbed my butt." Inside, I froze, but on the outside, I remained casual. "Oh, really? Tell me more." "I was standing in the shallow end, and this man walked up behind me, and squeezed my butt." "What did you do?" I asked, continuing to remain calm. "I was so surprised. I didn't know what to do. I didn't say anything, I just walked away from him." She squirmed with embarrassment. "Did you tell anyone at camp?" "No, you were the first person I felt like I could trust."...more
Wow, this is one of the strongest and most engaging pieces of writing I've read on BlogHer. ... more

Marks and Me: The One Where I Accept That I'll Never Be A Yummy Mummy

I am finally resigned to my fate. After years of fighting it – of squeezing myself into clothes that were the wrong shape, shoes that were the wrong fit, and underwear that was just too darn small – I have accepted that my natural match on the high street is, in fact, M&S....more
@victorias_view Well, true enough... it'd be a pain to be pampered constantly (Although I could ... more

Food and Memory

Many of the most treasured moments in my life have involved eating, often while surrounded by friends and loved ones. Doesn’t everyone have a holiday that was made perfect by the discovery of a wonderful local restaurant? I have not travelled extensively, but everywhere I’ve visited over the years has had something special to offer in terms of great food: wedges of sweet, juicy watermelon, eaten while sitting on the beach in Greece; warm, spicy Falafel with pitta bread, eaten while wandering round the streets of Ramallah; a perfectly seasoned fluffy omelette and chips in a French service station; reindeer steaks washed down with a cold beer in Greenland....more

My least favourite food too - it's one of the things my husband and I discovered we had in ... more

Cut Stick Glue! My scrapbooking son

Thanks for your comments - I think he's a dude too, but I'm somewhat biased! Believe me, he ... more