Charlotte Philby

Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.

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Charlotte Philby's parental leave: 'Did you like Bambi,' I ask my daughter. 'I liked the fighting...'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'I suppose you see things like that all the time?' 'No,' says the sonographer

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

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Why making children living in care homes leave when they turn 18 needs to change

For most teenagers, turning 18 is a cause for celebration, but for those living in care homes, it means suddenly having to make their own way in the world

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Don't be silly, this is London, no one speaks to anyone'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Russell Brand's over there, I don't want to see him'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's parental leave: 'Who will die?' my daughter asks. 'Maybe it will be you?'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'I shout at my husband while spraying our first-born's head'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Everything was fine,' says my mother during a curt telephone debrief

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: ‘Do you know that I have all the boyfriends?’ asks the four-year-old

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'We don't have a donkey, do we?' the four-year-old asks

After two beautiful, deranged years in our home, we are moving. That is, three weeks after we finally put carpet on the stairs and installed light-fittings.

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