kids books

Charlie, Corduroy, and Heartbreak

During breakfast yesterday, Charlie suddenly looked up from perusing Corduroy (everyone’s favorite tale of a bear and his lost button), chin trembling, eyes welling up, and said, “Mum –...

bossy toddlers

Negotiating With Toddlers

SCENE: INTERIOR OF A SUBARU STATION WAGON. TIME: 43 MINUTES UNTIL NAPTIME SARA: Ok bud, so what are we gonna do when we get home? CHARLIE: ummmm, wash our hands, brush...

cute boy sweater

Best Shopping for Little Dudes

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mother in possession of a daughter must have more fun shopping for baby clothes than a mother in possession of a...

kids passport pictures

WANTED

WANTED Small criminal. Alias: Songbird Age: 4 months Appearance: Tiny. Last seen wearing a pink pony romper. Offences: bobbling around like a little pet, having the audacity to possess a passport, pronouncing “bye” like a southern...

mother's day

Mum

My mum is currently in the Cotswalds living out everyone's Bronte/Austen/Potter fantasy, and I miss her! I wrote this little piece about a rare moment in my adolescence during...

best friends

When Friends Have Babies

My friend Steph recently had her first baby. Steph and I lived together during our twenties, when we made similarly half-assed attempts to become working actresses in New York....