October is here. The dark mornings, dark evenings, pumpkin spice and all things spooky. It is also Black History Month – a time to celebrate the history and contribution of black people. You’d probably assume I’d think this a great thing, but over the years and especially since becoming a parent, I’m actually starting to … More Do we still need Black History Month?
So we’ve entered a new phase at Mumsomnia Towers. Year 5. The point when you realise the primary school days are nearing their end *sob*. We’ve visited a few high school open days (as I tried to hold back tears/panic) and now this box has found a place on our table. This box represents Boy1 … More A new school of thought…
Last week, I was interviewed by a journalist for the Telegraph who wanted to know how I explained and answered difficult questions about current affairs to Boy1. Its a really interesting issue because I’ve always wanted to make sure I don’t overprotect my children from the big wide world. In fact its my responsibility as … More Breaking the News to a child
This is my mantra for 2017. Following in from last year and embracing the power of ‘yes’, this year I just want to give it a go. Nothing specific, but whatever random experiences and activities that spring to mind, I’m just going to try them. I’m currently on a busy train, drinking overly priced Merlot … More Give it a go!
As a child I spent many a Sunday evening having my hair washed, greased within an inch of its life, then plaited so tight I could hardly close my eyes to sleep that night. Pretty standard for most young girls of African or Caribbean origin, then and now. As a mum of two boys, I … More Afro momma!
Regardless of my views of Mr Trump, America has spoken. … More God bless the USA, please
2016 – the year politics and democracy changed. If anyone had told me at the start of the year that we’d experience a Brexit saga (oh, what a saga it is turned out to be) and that a property tycoon with no political experience would be within touching distance of becoming the next POTUS, I … More Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy
I walk into the kitchen to find Boy2 with the fridge door wide open, trying to open a pot of houmous! My mum, who helps out with looking after him a couple of days a week, told me that he stole the smoked salmon off her plate at breakfast time! I have some how managed … More #MiddleClassRebel
I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to challenge myself more this year. Saying ‘yes’ more often in a bid to finding the ‘new’ or ‘real’, post-baby me. Just starting this blog and more importantly, sharing it, has been quite a big step. This week, I took a bigger step. A journalist asked me to post my most … More Was I just trolled? It kinda hurt
I have a nearly 8 year old son. He’s handsome, funny, smart, caring. He makes us proud. But in recent months I’ve become increasingly aware of the difficult conversations I’m going to have to have with him. Aside from the puberty and girls chat (eeek! Think I’ll leave those to hubby!) there’s a somewhat more challenging … More My son is black, he needs to know