Category Archives: Being a parent

Adventures with my children

Children’s Parties, 21st Century Style

Back in the ’80s, which was my party-throwing heyday (the teenage ones I threw in the 90s are another blog post entirely, and I wouldn’t want my mother to have to read about them as the winter nights draw in … Continue reading

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In

The saying ‘having a finger in every pie’ most definitely applies to my two boys, although in their case the meaning has little idiom involved. You wouldn’t want to eat anything remotely cake-like if they’ve been hanging around it unless … Continue reading

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Stitched Up

I once heard a mother say that looking after boys is easy – you just need to know if it’s serious enough to go to ER. Littler Boy is a walking (or tripping, falling or stumbling) specimen to be held … Continue reading

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Turn On, Tune In

I have a confession. I’m not even sure I should be admitting it, but since it’s online and many people don’t know my identity, I feel I can take the risk. This could be incendiary, but here goes: I LET MY … Continue reading

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Brunching Out

There are two things at which New Yorkers excel: shopping and brunch. I can’t say I excel at the former but my performance at consuming the latter is outstanding. Two weeks ago, in a pre-holiday realisation that I needed some … Continue reading

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Growing Pains

Yes, an accurate way to describe my two sons on a bad day, but also the way I feel about them growing up on a good one. Despite regularly indulging in fantasies of all the things we will do once our children … Continue reading

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So This Is Christmas, And What Have You Done…?

…I flooded the bathroom, but had lots of fun… But more of that later. The run-up to Christmas was the best part, as ever, and Mr. Applepip and I made sure it was strung out for as long as possible … Continue reading

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Toddler Talk

Before I had my first baby, I wondered why mothers talked so much about their craving for adult conversation. After ten years of working in a large company, I craved being with someone who couldn’t talk back to me. It … Continue reading

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A Spooktacular New York Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en back in our Blighty life meant buying a pumpkin and then carving it. More pressing was the need to stock up on sweets (candy, American people) to get rid of the potential smattering of trick-or-treaters who would half-heartedly bowl … Continue reading

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Is This The Real World, Is This Just Fantasy?

‘We’re switching the TV off’, I said to Bigger Boy a couple of days ago after a showing of Peppa Pig followed by 3rd and Bird. Dora The Explorer was threatening to rear her ugly head and I couldn’t take it. … Continue reading

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