My journal of trial and error and the occasional surprise discovery

Monthly Archives: January 2011


A common ailment infecting modern mothers is comparison. Comparison has two forms. Comparison inferioritis silently sneaks into the hearts of the tired, vulnerable and lonely and has ugly side effects such as envy, resentment and despair. Comparison smugnessitis has been known to infect mothers in peak performance,  manifesting as pride, pity and condescension. If left […]


Being prepared: stocking up

I was raised to be prepared for the unexpected. My family grew up in a semi-rural area with tank water and no public transport and no local shops. The area has changed a lot now, but when we first moved there it was very much a case of half an hour’s drive to the nearest […]


Toddler tantrums

I was one of those horrible mothers who let her child scream in a shopping centre today. It wasn't for very long, but long enough. It was embarrassing but there wasn't much I could do. She wasn't hungry, she didn't need changing, she wasn't in pain, she was just chucking a wobbly. It was a […]


Scrubbing the shower (at 10pm)

Yes, the title is correct, I decided to scrub the shower seals at 10pm. I didn’t want to wake anyone so I worked with what I had: a small nailbrush. Not overly effective, but surprisingly useful nonetheless. So, why? Long story that could actually be summed up as “they were dirty”, but for the purposes […]