Memories of a flu epidemic

I’m seeing a lot of stress lately from parents of school aged children who are being sent home packs of work from school that are unmanageable and are causing stress. I want to tell you about a flu epidemic in the early 90s, when I was in high school. It’s in no way comparable with […]

Psoriasis and me

First things first: this is not a pity-post. This is simply my reality that I wish to share. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 11 and I’ve been in and out of specialist care ever since. I’ll talk about treatments later on. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, which means that my immune […]

Baking for beginners

Public health opens your eyes in some very surprising ways. When I was on maternity leave, I had a lot of contact with play workers, who looked after young families and identified gaps that could be filled to make life better. They noticed that many families struggled to cook and make basic meals from scratch. […]

My weekend in 1984, by Lentilweaver, aged mid-40s…..

Yesterday was a very interesting day in many ways. My husband took himself off to a gig in Glasgow, so I was in sole charge of our two WHILE THEY WERE AWAKE.  This resulted in us ‘customising’ some clothes and other crazy exploits, as I attempted to negotiate around various numbers of children whose stories […]

View from the NE on Brexit.

This post was inspired by a friends Facebook post where she expressed a fear of the rising Far Right, in light of the extremely complex political chaos. Obviously this is a difficult subject, fraught with problems when it’s being discussed. In order to look properly at what’s happening, we need to disengage and look at […]

The Parently Art of Lactation — Full Cream

When my fourth baby was born, a friend gifted me a vintage 2nd edition copy of ‘The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding’. First published by La Leche International in 1963, this book was revolutionary. At a time when breastfeeding was widely considered old-fashioned and distasteful in Western cultures, and mothers were persuaded by doctors to use […] […]

The Breast Book: Grooming, Gatekeeping and Gender Identity (part 2)

Originally posted on Full Cream:
This commentary on The Breast Book is a guest post from Eufemia Torres. Eufemia is a qualified teacher from the UK and a mother of two breastfed children. She has a keen interest in the politics and social issues. This article is not intended to be a book review. The commentary…