It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow – get your shizz together!

Every year I write a version of this post. Obviously 2021 is a complete wildcard so you may have to work around my advice this time! ...So have you planned your Mother's Day celebrations? If not, good luck with getting it together - although, luckily, I am here to help. To start, do something that … Continue reading It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow – get your shizz together!

What people forget about the Farrow / Allen court battle

In 1992, a Vanity Fair writer called Maureen Orth wrote what is still considered to be the most succinct account of the legal facts of the prosecution of Woody Allen by the state of Connecticut. You can read the original article here and I'll link to a couple of others throughout this post. There are … Continue reading What people forget about the Farrow / Allen court battle

What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

Yesterday a lovely colleague texted 'hahahahaha oh my god that's so dramatic' in response to one of my Coronavirus related messages. She was totally right, to be fair. However, I've just been to the adhoc school 'break up' park play session with a load of the mothers who keep me on an even keel most … Continue reading What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Let me be clear, absolutely nothing about these brownies will turn you into a power hungry, magical supremacist. They're called Slytherin brownies because I baked them for Child 2 when she told me she needed to take cakes in for the school bake sale. She and her sister are in Howard House. The cake stall … Continue reading Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

That was the week that was, well, the worst…

I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…

Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

I've had the kids at home for the Easter holidays for precisely 5 days and 7 hours. A quick summary of our activities is as follows - Friday after school ended: bribed them with an ice cream each; bribed them with a McDonald's happy meal each; let them stay up late(ish) watching crap TV. Saturday: … Continue reading Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Today Child 1 lost her third tooth. She's not keen on blood and mess so she has never wobbled those that have now departed. Instead she moaned about how distracting the whole process is. Children her age are just discovering that folkloric figures like Father Christmas may not be as real as the (generally) rotund … Continue reading My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…

Skimming my Facebook On This Day posts this morning, I spotted this classic from last year - "To the little shit who tore my daughter's Easter bonnet apart... In 20 years time she will come for you. In the silence of the darkest, coldest night. This is your warning. I hope you spend the rest … Continue reading Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…