Book review: Going to Nursery by Laurence Anholt and Catherine Anholt

Having used books as a guide and a solace through all experiences of my own life, it’s perhaps unsurprising that I have turned to these in order to instruct my child. Without faith in my own communication abilities, I bought a book called Going to Nursery to assist with psychological preparation (read: indoctrination) for that … Continue reading Book review: Going to Nursery by Laurence Anholt and Catherine Anholt

Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsqZEKkzRQ Can we all acknowledge that the world of nursery rhymes is as grotesque and barbaric as that of Grimms’ Fairy Tales? We’ve got Humpty Dumpty, broken beyond repair. There are blackbirds which peck off noses, and did you know that the woman who lived in the shoe with all those children resorted to whipping … Continue reading Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?

E's first flight, a deceptively calm affair. People warned me about travelling with a baby. More than twenty minutes in her car seat would surely be instantaneously fatal, if the forums I read were anything to go by. Bus and train trips were equally perilous, fraught with all manner of unknown risks, such as broken … Continue reading Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?