Crib Sheet: Green Parents and Earth Mothers
By Glosswitch - 10 April 12:20

Glosswitch reads parenting manuals so you don't have to.

Oxfam charity shop warehouse
An uncertain future for Britain's charity shops
By Sarah Howell - 04 April 10:42

The humble charity shop will be hit by further financial burdens thanks to the government's new business rates scheme.

Lez Miserable: “Everyone's coming out, including Hillary Clinton and Snoop Lion”
By Eleanor Margolis - 02 April 10:12

While it’s great to have Hillary and Snoop on board the equal marriage bandwagon, Eleanor can’t help feeling they care a little bit too much about vote-chasing and record sales to be celebrated as true converts to the cause just yet.

New Statesman
Returning to work can't be this expensive
By Alice O'Keeffe - 27 March 17:15

I was never that good at maths, but it just can't be right.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: Getting caffeinated for cash
By Alice O'Keeffe - 21 March 9:20

Entering “babyccino” denial.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

28 Dates Later, by Willard Foxton: Part Ten, the Cougar
By Willard Foxton - 12 March 9:48

In which Willard dates an older woman.

How should we mourn in the internet age?
By Gina Allum - 07 March 7:23

Ghosts in the machine.

You can't use lessons from your own life to judge other parents.
Overparenting: How does Claire Perry know if we're “smothering our children”?
By Glosswitch - 04 March 12:11

The Conservative MP’s concerns only represent one experience of parenting – her own.

28 Dates Later by Willard Foxton: Part Six, The Farmgirl
By Willard Foxton - 02 March 10:33

In which Willard gets his first proper kiss since the project began.

Money has its own gravity:when it disappears, it takes everything with it
By Nicholas Lezard - 28 February 13:18

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

Actress Lynn Redgrave with Richard Briers in 1970
Living the good life with Richard Briers
By Neil Clark - 28 February 8:17

We weren't just watching it on television in the 1970s - we were living it, too.

Where are all the women in computer science?
By Wendy Hall - 27 February 8:30

Without them, Britain will fall behind.

Why do people hate mummy bloggers?
By Glosswitch - 22 February 10:32

Writing about raising children and domestic life is no more trivial than any other blogging subject, argues Glosswitch.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: A dangerous addiction to estate agents
By Alice O'Keeffe - 21 February 11:58

How can house prices be so high when seemingly nobody has any money?

New Statesman
Sex, friends and strangers: what to expect when you stop shaving
By Marie Le Conte - 19 February 9:28

Contrary to what you've been told, the world doesn't end when a woman stops shaving.

An iguana hanging out in Puerto Rico.
28 Dates Later by Willard Foxton: Part Three, the Nerd and her Iguana
By Willard Foxton - 18 February 9:00

In which Willard encounters a fiscally prudent herpetologist.

Unexpected delivery of a favourite childhood book? I’m lapin it up. . .
By Nicholas Lezard - 14 February 6:45

Nicholas Lezards "Down and Out" column.

A man walks past a flower market decorated with hearts.
Despite capitalism's best efforts, you can still have a meaningful Valentine’s Day
By Rhiannon and Holly - 12 February 9:10

Amid the terrifying tat and horrible heartbreak, genuinely heartfelt gestures do still have a chance.

Our regressive, insensitive and cultish attitude to breastfeeding
By Glosswitch - 11 February 9:07

Blind adherence to the principle of “breast is best” seems to have become more important than treating babies, toddlers and parents as whole human beings.

Crib Sheet: The motherhood-as-misery exposé
By Glosswitch - 09 February 9:33

In the first of a new regular series looking at parenting books, Glosswitch takes on Jessica Valenti's "Why have kids?" and other miserable-mummy manuals.

Nature can’t compete with a shiny plastic car
By Alice O'Keeffe - 07 February 7:15

Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

Dear Chris Grayling: I was smacked as a child and it DID do me harm
By Glosswitch - 04 February 16:02

If this is going to be a match of anecdotes, don't devalue mine, argues Glosswitch.

People walk in the snow in Buxton, UK
Overslept, frozen and faced with death – all thanks to a little snow
By Nicholas Lezard - 31 January 7:25

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: Stay-at-homes v the Boden-clad Spartans
By Alice O'Keeffe - 31 January 7:13

Would life be easier if I gave up work and signed on?

Teahouse Tetsu (detail), designed by Terunobu Fujimori
Why we live in trees
By Charlotte Simmonds - 28 January 11:38

The allure of the treehouse, and the stories behind its rising popularity.

Is there really such a thing as a perfect way to raise your children?
Stay-At-Home Daddy and Breadwinner Mummy: guilt and the illusion of choice
By Glosswitch - 25 January 12:48

Traditional gender stereotypes belie the fact that almost everything about parenting is a compromise.

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