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Risks and ambition and how being a mother doesn’t negate my right to my dreams.

I’d like to talk about risk.  And I’m mostly doing this without statistics, or rather because there is such a flood of statistics thrown around in topics related to childhood, health, safety, and so on, I don’t want to rely on one source and so I’m not going to lean on any in particular.  So…

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If this girl can…

I’ve been putting off writing this for literally weeks.  I’ve had some fear around it – fear of being accused of concern-trolling, fear of coming across as somehow advocating (or even just conceding to the culture of) body-shaming (I’m not sure how, actually, but I’m a worrier), or even just seeming self-righteous and privileged and…

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“…we often hear more of the terrifying stuff than the breathtakingly awesome.” – #MotheringMonday

  Picture the scene: You’re at a dinner party, or a play date for your kids, or meeting somebody special that you’re expected to make polite conversation with.  You cover the essentials, such as the weather, why your husband is eating all the cocktail sausages out of the pineapple hedgehog, and politely ignoring the fact…

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Tomorrow I’m having a cervical smear

Coming home from seeing some family today, with whom I had a Sunday-blues’-butt-kickin’ wild time, I was thinking about the week ahead and felt myself starting to cry.  This isn’t like me in the car, especially not when both children have fallen asleep and I know that it’s a straight-to-bed situation when we get home.  But…

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