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singlemotherontheverge

When I started this blog I lived on a council estate in South Manchester with an avid activist. After a rather big shouting festival one evening, he left taking the organic toothpaste with him. Now I live in a communal single parent household with my son Jack. I was single for months... but now...
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Being chicken by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I often panic about our situation - and go slightly mad thinking our lives are about to crash: panic because I'm 32 and hurtling towards 33 (which for some reason seems lik ... Read on »
Big Booby by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I went to visit my father on Sunday morning to drop off a present for my stepmother. It had been her 47th birthday a few days earlier and we hadn't been able to visit bec ... Read on »
A pain in the neck by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So this morning I was in Costa Coffee working on my new book -- * quick aside,* the other day I was in the Portico with Emily and Nancy, writing whilst partaking of co ... Read on »
Bedridden by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I have barely left my room all day. Except to make tea and toast. A blooming bug has knocked me down. We're on an 'at-the-end-of-the-shopping-almost-time-to-go-shopping-aga ... Read on »
Sisterhood by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I was reading an interesting article in the Independent today about 'Sisterhood' and also Julie Burchill's column "Forget about romance and you might just get a decent mar ... Read on »
A little sickness by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Occasionally my mum does the graveyard run; she visits lots of gravestones to put flowers on them. She does it in one swoop. There a fair few to visit in our family ... Read on »
Caught in Pyjamas by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Do you ever have moments when you think: 'Shall I... shan't I.......shall I...shan't I...... ...shall I...shan't I.... shall I?.... put the bins out wearing head ... Read on »
Early risers by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We have never been particularly good at getting anywhere on time in our house: when we lived in London, we were literally a few minutes walk to school and still we ar ... Read on »
Pregnant girls in the news again by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The Independent has a pretty balanced account of the topic below; schools to offer antenatal clinics... and states that the fathers would be invited to join the sessions. ... Read on »
Rugby by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting (Picture from www.supercoloring.com) Jack has just started in Year 7 at a great, big, huge boys school that seems to be sponsored by BMW. It's a very masculine ... Read on »
Growing pains by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting When my little boy was more little than he is now, I used to think, 'Oh it'll get easier soon.' Now I know how wrong I was; bringing up children doesn't get easier be ... Read on »
Wishful thinking by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Yesterday, after I'd been to my sister's workplace to talk about being a writer, I came back home and began researching for my next book. This consisted of sitting on ... Read on »
Funny positions by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Snake girl contortionist. Picture source: 'found on the Internet'. I find I'm in a funny position at the moment. When I think back there were funnier, more delight ... Read on »
Moving on by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We have moved house again, seriously... I have become a turtle and very slowly I hulk everything from one place to another with us. In the past 24 months we mo ... Read on »
Cheap books for sale by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I was wandering in WHSmiths thinking ... Oh last year my book was on sale here and there were loads of them, and it was in the top 20; if only I'd hopped about a bit more b ... Read on »
My Sister's Big Greek Wedding by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My laptop and I are melting in the Greek sun, but here's a delicious shot of my sister finally getting married... 16 years dating... 5 years engaged and 2 kids later. I ... Read on »
Party time - NO CONSERVATIVES IN MY BACK YARD by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Having been ridiculously busy, and vaguely misrepresented in the Sun newspaper who had me supporting a piece on being 'let down by a Labour government,' and therefore, a bi ... Read on »
I'm on the train, heading back ... by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm on the train, heading back from watching The Jesse Rose Trip at Kensington Roof Gardens. They were excellent. I'm sober - £6.75 a glass of wine! Super talented, attra ... Read on »
Darling Budget by singlemotherontheverge Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm at work on my lunch, watching ITV's budget coverage: it's my new favourite tv show. Bankers Boozers Shiny-faced politicians Apparently, 'it's not about the ... Read on »