The day we lost our library

Today was a sad day. We learned that, despite council tax increases, our local library - as well as six others in the county - is to close. For the last few months, I've been campaigning with a group of like-minded school parents to keep it open. We've worked really hard petitioning, raising awareness and encouraging ...

Why the ‘Share the joy’ parental leave campaign misses the point

The Government has today launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the uptake of shared parental leave. Unfortunately, the 'Share the joy' campaign misses the point. When I read the headlines this morning, I naively thought that some much-needed policy change was on the way. Sadly not. It's just raising awareness of a pre-existing option that ...

Workplace culture needs to change to help men become better dads

I was interested to read this article about work-life balance recently. It argues that workplace culture needs to change to help men become better dads. Although the research and case studies are from Australia as opposed to the UK, there's much that rings true for me. Over here, shared parental leave is dependent on individual circumstances ...

In defence of International Men’s Day

I tend to avoid writing about divisive issues on here but I'm going to today because I was saddened to see International Men's Day being treated with such ridicule and contempt on social media this morning. International Men's Day should be regarded as an opportunity to discuss problems faced by men and boys. For instance, the biggest killer of males under 45 ...

It’s just not fare

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Do not cross this line... unless you're prepared to pay loads to stand all the way... "Why you no book online?" asks an idiotically contrived poster on my morning train. I'm sadly familiar with it, as it's positioned above the door I'm always stood next to due to there never being an empty seat. The character ...

I’m in the club… apparently

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With baby number two on the way, I decided to join the parenting club of a well-known high street chemist recently. Big news, I know; hold the front page and all that. Signing up was a no-brainer; the loyalty points system is easily one of the most generous – especially once you're in the club, so to speak – ...