Anna Maxted is a freelance writer and the author of the smash international bestsellers Getting Over It, Running in Heels, and Behaving Like Adults. She lives in London with her husband, author Phil Robinson, and their son.
The wife When I met my husband 20 years ago at Heathrow Airport, on a business trip to the US, he was wearing sunglasses indoors and I thought: “Idiot.” By the time the plane touched down, though, I was intrigued. He was funny, clever, and although he was from Essex and I was, apparently, “posh”, we’d grown up among similar people. I had a sense of familiarity, of feeling understood. When a colleague was rude to me at lunch, Phil accidentally squirted tomato sauce down her white top.
It’s the all too common lament of parents during the holidays. From the moment they wake, our children’s default setting is to get on a screen. To make us feel worse, the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has warned that our children’s insatiable consumption of social media is as bad as letting them gorge on junk food. “None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time — double cheeseburger, chips, every day, every meal,” she says.
When the chef Jamie Oliver, father of five, was interviewed by the Telegraph yesterday, he didn’t quite rule out the idea of a sixth bun in the oven. “Jools would love me to say ‘never say never’,” he said coyly.
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Selecting a term
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