• 10 months: The good, the bad and the tantrums

    By on July 28, 2015

    I last wrote an age-related piece about Charlie when he was five months, and when I was seriously smitten with every sweet baby curl on his head. I still am, of course, but now he’s double the age and has had double the time to learn some bad habits, I figured I would let new parents whose kids aren’t there...

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  • It’s yoga, Jim, but not as we know it.

    By on July 16, 2015

    When I told Mr Chick I was going to baby yoga, he told me that sounded awesome. “Have fun!” he said, waving me off as I strapped Charlie into his carseat. I found out later he thought it was yoga for the baby – ie, that you practiced yoga on the baby. (I don’t know how much yoga you can...

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  • 6 mad skillz you develop as a parent

    By on July 7, 2015

    Years ago, when I lived in London, I prided myself on my ability to zip through the thousands of Saturday shoppers clogging up Oxford Street. I could negotiate moving crowds like nobody’s business – because challenging environments force you to adapt and evolve. Take parenthood: you’ll never evolve quite so fast as you will after having a kid. These days I am...

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  • Leap leap means no sleep sleep.

    By on July 3, 2015

    I nicked that phrase from my Twitter friend @Nurse_Ally, because it pretty much describes what developmental leaps / Wonder Weeks are like for babies. I caved last night and googled ‘Wonder Week sequences’, which is the leap we’re in, apparently, and found forum after forum of desperate mums saying, ‘This is the worst leap of all’ and ‘Anyone want a 10-month old...

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  • I had a tantrum and went to bed early.

    By on June 24, 2015

    Last night, I went to bed at 7pm. That may be no biggie to you, but the last time I went to bed that early was in 1985 and I had the flu. Or something. There were signs that I needed an early night (like a three day headache, and the zero sleep that comes when your baby is in the...

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