Maybe you are one of those super-organised parents that has already bought, wrapped and/or posted all of your Christmas gifts this year, but I am still on the look-out for a couple of ideas for what to get some of the little ones in my life (and their Mums).
Has the Zeit of middle-class parenthood ever been more geisted?
The rise of confessional parenting blogs in the last couple of years (with Hurrah For Gin and The Unmumsy Mum leading the charge from the blogosphere onto the bookshelves) has been mirrored on TV this autumn by BBC2’s ‘Motherland’.
So, you’ve decided to hit the road (or the rails or the skies or the high seas) with one or more of your little bundles of joy. A daunting prospect for many, but far from impossible. There is plenty of advice out there on how to make your journey, and your stays away from home, as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Who knows? Your holiday meant end up actually feeling like a holiday!
You don’t know the meaning of the word essentials until you find yourself looking after a tiny human life for the first time in your existence. For something so small, so fragile, that never speaks and cannot even open its eyes for very long, a newborn will know exactly how to tell you when something is not right and is not prepared to wait the next morning before it’s sorted out. It has needs, and you have to meet them.