The Playful Den

My son has only ever been called a girl and here’s what it taught me

Ever since Scout has been out and about in the world (and as a 2020 baby, that got off to a slow start 😬😳), he has never ever, not even once, been referred to as a boy. Every new person who stumbles across a Scout on their travels, regardless of generation, refers to him as a girl.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Why are we so obsessed with asking kids what they want to be when they grow-up?

What do you want to be when you grow-up? We’ve all been asked. It’s one of those common questions kids are asked, partly for titillation of what they’ll come back with and partly, if you have an invested role in their future because you really want to know and you want them to get on the track to pursuing a job that will make them successful. 


Please can we stop labelling our magical mother minds as ‘baby brain’?

After having a baby some pretty wild things happen inside a woman’s brain box. After my third birth I felt like I was confusing the names of the kids all the time, like some kind of stereotypical grandma in a cartoon.


Baths are known for relaxation time, but here’s why they’re also playtime

During my pregnancy with Scout I started a love affair with the bath that is still continuing two years later!