This one pushes my buttons constantly, though it’s not my little Button-Pusher: it’s other parents. If your child is on a bike or a scooter, please, please, make them wear a helmet. It’s that simple. Buy a helmet. Put it on them. When I was little, no one wore a bike helmet (adults or children) … More #alwayswearahelmet
I sometimes watch Mr Baffled with our little Button-Pusher and think, he’s so much more patient with her than I am, and I started to wonder whether dads’ buttons are different to mums’, or whether kids push them in different ways? Best way to find out: ask some dads. David Round works alongside his partner … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? David from Big Fish Little Fish
I’ve written before about how being a parent sometimes makes me feel out of control or that I’m failing at being a mum. A quick straw poll of mum friends, or a glance online at other blogs and magazine articles, and I take some comfort in knowing that I’m clearly not alone in feeling this way. … More In Control Mother Booker.
A’s for adorable, but sometimes for awful. B is for bogeys and bouncing on beds. C is for colds and coughing that’s constant. D is for Duplo and “DON’T bang your head!” E is for Elsa and bags full of energy. F is for Frozen: they won’t let it go! G is for Gruffalo, and grumpy … More ABCs: the toddler years
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has got into the habit of requiring a nappy change, just as we’re about to leave the house, and it has the power to push buttons of annoyance, anger and frustration all at once. It drives me crazy. Really crazy. I leave the house these days in a rush and a … More The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.
Dear Daughter, I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m so over changing your nappy, I’m done with the diapers, it’s time for your tush to meet the toilet. And let me tell you why. Early last summer, and feeling as though the world and his wife had commented on it being time to … More I’m done with diapers.
Recently I interviewed Emily Joyce about who pushes her buttons and how she navigates parenthood. She said one thing in particular that really stuck in my mind: I wonder whether a lot of parenting is about the loss of control and trying to cope with that. It rang a big old bell for me, and struck … More This is a story about control. My control. And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.
Mr Baffled and I had our little Button-Pusher a bit later in life. Many of our friends however didn’t wait, so for around 15 years before becoming parents, we were surrounded by children of various ages. We spent a huge amount of time with our friends and their kids and they (the friends) all said … More Who’s pushing the failure button?
Emily Joyce is an English actress born and raised in South East London. Perhaps best known for the popular BBC 1 series, My Hero, and more recently for an amazing performance on the London Stage in, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Emily is mum to two boys, Gabriel (15) and Bailey … More Actress, Emily Joyce: who pushed her buttons?
I’ve been doing my best to avoid using the word ‘bossy’ when referring to my gorgeous little Button-Pusher. Words are powerful and can have a very negative effect on our emotions and self esteem, and the word ‘bossy’ has a particularly negative association. So much so, that in 2014, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, launched the … More Bossy? Nope just being assertive Mum!