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: '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.

Charlotte Philby's parental leave: 'Was Jesus a famous singer?' asks the four-year-old

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

Charlotte Philby's parental leave: 'Have you been good?' asks Santa. My daughter looks terrified

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

Charlotte Philby's parental leave: "In Germany they call daddies "farters",' I say as we fall about laughing"

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: "My daughter looks up just in time to witness a tidal wave thwack me in the face"

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: "I've committed the greatest faux pas since the bouncy castle deflation"

I've been a bit distracted of late. Most recently by the following email from a distant relation: "Dear Charlotte, thanks so much for the link to 'white kidney bean extract', which sounds wonderful, even better than raspberry-ketones or some other thing I subscribed to on the web that – having provided my credit card number – I went on being charged for and receiving fresh amounts of every month (even though it was a FREE trial)..."

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