Diverse group of people
Health, Learning, Politics & Equality, Work

Inclusion – a how to

Warning: I'm just going to dive right in here, no gentle preamble or stories about silly things the boys did. The issues around inclusion and unconscious bias (as well as just basic exclusion based on gender, race, social position, education, religion, and orientation or identity) are a bit of a bug bear for me. From… Continue reading Inclusion – a how to

Scotland football team celebrating a win on penalties
Children, Fitness, Politics & Equality

Emotional Football

Or "why watching football with your dad is important for boys". (Where "dad" means father figure, male respected adult, whatever, just someone not in the "soft and fuzzy" stereotype.) Now, I'm sure that anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I'm fiercely anti-stereotypes and pro-equality and fairness in the face of… Continue reading Emotional Football

Caption "Modern day corsets" with the backdrop of a pink pinched in corset
Health, Politics & Equality

Modern day corsets

Warning: I'm feeling a bit ranty. If you disagree with this post, please don't take it as a judgement or personal attack. I use my blog as an outlet for random thoughts and this is one of those posts. I've been seeing these adverts all over on Instagram lately. Adverts for body shaping solutions, basically… Continue reading Modern day corsets

bronze chief scouts award
Children

Effort rewarded

Large boy has been in Beavers for almost two years. Honestly, it's had a great effect on him. He's gained huge self confidence from being involved in activities away from parents and away from school. As a result, he's more confident with his class mates (especially good after he had some bumps on the road… Continue reading Effort rewarded

new wardrobes
Miscarriage, Politics & Equality

Gentleness in surprising places

Today I was surprised. It was the result of my own biases and stereotypes and I hope I will learn to be more aware of my potential to make assumptions about people as a result. Joiners Sounds a bit of a random jump to make, right? Hear me out its not that complicated really. Today… Continue reading Gentleness in surprising places

misty poppy fields
Politics & Equality

Remembrance Day

This last week I've seen a bunch of posts, profile decorations, photos about Remembrance day with Union Jacks and St George's crosses. So I want to say something about that. Remembrance is about taking time to consider the sacrifices made during war. Primarily we think of the armed forces and those who died, but also… Continue reading Remembrance Day

misty morning lake
Children, Friends, Politics & Equality, Work

Inspirational

There was a question on my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, about real women who inspire. I've got three big ones, and many others. They are very ordinary unsurprising choices but nevertheless they're amazing, everyday, normal women that I admire. I think it's just as important, if not more so, to recognise our… Continue reading Inspirational

Unfair preconceptions
Children, Politics & Equality

Best brothers: unfair preconceptions

I've just seen this and it made me cross: Yeah yeah just a meme. Doesn't harm anyone. Blah blah. So from my point of view, these are the sort of low level, background messages that are just as harmful to children's perception of gender roles as girls/boys toy aisles and clothes and so on. What's… Continue reading Best brothers: unfair preconceptions

Children, Politics & Equality, Work

Sharing

Large boy had come home today in high dugeon because, while working on computers at school, his partner didn't share well. I tried to advise him to take the same approach most adults would for working on a team: set expectations and check progress, take joint responsibility for the result. That is, start by saying… Continue reading Sharing