What have I been doing for the last 50 days?

It’s been 7 weeks since I had my first proper day of “staying at home”. Approximately 50 days. Most of those days in lockdown. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to do much of my freelance work, and that I’d be spending most of my time entertaining a nearly 3-year-old, I started off thinking up…

Have you ever watched a toddler?

I never really spent time watching children until I had one. But now I have a 22 month old daughter, it’s something I spend a lot of time doing. I read a description some time ago that I love – saying that small children are like little scientists. They’re investigating the physical and social worlds…

Pointing things out

I realised that I spend quite a lot of my time these days pointing things out to a small person. Sitting in the living room, I’m made aware of just how many planes come in to land at Heathrow each day, as I point many of them out to her. Wandering around the local area…

The paradoxes of nursery care

It’s a weird thing. My daughter was ill last week, so I wasn’t able to take her to nursery. Or anywhere else where she’d pass on germs to other children. So I spent three days with her, pottering around the house, popping out for walks round the local area. And at times being driven insane…