Category Archives: Parenthood

Beware of Shwaa! – (re)learning to read and write

Today I went to a phonics briefing meeting at my daughter’s school. I joked beforehand that we were going to a phonetics briefing session, liking the idea of working out…

Photo of a buggy with a shopping caddy attached to the back carring two large bags of washing

A systems engineering approach to parenting

In 2012, as I was preparing to begin my parental leave, one of my colleagues told me about an engineer he knew in New Zealand who quit their job in…

5 Months of Paternity Leave

5 months of paternity leave – the highlights

Since April, through a mixture of parental leave and part-time working, I’ve been the primary carer for our daughter. Tomorrow I resume (almost) full time office work so I thought…

Diary of a contact day

During my parental leave I am doing one ‘keeping in touch’ day a week. On that day, I deal with important queries on Think Up projects. Since my time in…

Negotiating the lifts at Kings Cross

Pushing a pram, as is my new daily habit, has made me much more aware of the relative accessibility or inaccessibility of London. Today I decided the best option for…

Travelling on Eurostar with a baby

Travelling on Eurostar with a baby

This week we took our 5-month old by Eurostar to Paris. The experience of travelling with a baby is adding a new perspective to my journeys. Long-distance train travel with…

Chapter Two: Parenthood

Last week M and I had a little baby daughter. We are so thrilled to welcome her to the world, and excited about everything that she brings. Baby photos are…