Author Archives: JenSWight

What do flies make?

Today is my Dad’s birthday. He is 79. When I was about three we had this conversation while eating breakfast at a large wooden outdoor table outside our holiday home in the Pyrenees. ‘Oh look Dad a bee.’ ‘No Jen, that’s a fly.’ ‘Flies make honey don’t they?’ ‘No, bees make honey, not flies.’ ‘What […]

The daily grind of parenting

I have always had the strong sense that my body is mine and no one has the right to make me feel uncomfortable or hurt me in any way. So much so that I was able to clearly ask the creepy man who approached me when I was walking home from school one day, to […]

Offside rules OK

The Norwegian and I like watching football. It is one of the many ways he is a lucky husband. A woman nagging while the match is on is something he doesn’t have. One of the reasons I enjoy watching football is that I understand the rules and so know why things are happening. It makes for […]

Parenting with spoons

Don’t worry it isn’t what you think. The Boy was having a small tantrum. ‘Don’t want the TV go off.’ ‘But we agreed, you got two Pocoyos and then off.’ ‘Arghhh.’ ‘You’re angry I can see.’ ‘AhhhhHHHHH.’ ‘Do you want to go a calm down in your room?’ ‘AHHHHHHH’ He throws a pillow. It thumps […]

A few of my favourite things…

I took The Boy to Nandos for lunch last week. Try not to judge me too much. There is plenty of space between the tables, enough noise to drown out any bullshit and a not-bad children’s menu. They have this colouring in thing – quite good and very clever as they get their brand imprinted […]