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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We're off to Spain for a 'working weekend' - Parental Leave

Dispatches from the pre-school fronline

I have just finished erecting an Ikea bunk bed on my own: Parental leave

Dispatches from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: I sit, post-Hallowe'en-themed party, amid a withered frogspawn of balloons

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: "I refrain from speech so as to preserve our collective dignity"

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: "I have become that perpetually flustered and over-compensating parent"

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: "My friend tells me Geordies hate people from London"

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: Last night we finally watched the last episode of The Sopranos

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: These quietly happy moments are the true make-up of family life

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: My mum tried to engage our reluctant Nigerian taxi driver in political debate

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