All through the school holidays I've been making extensive use of Virgin Active. For a parent like me that shudders in horror at the thought of 13 hours of unstructured time with zero me-time, having a two hour block in the morning for exercise and e-mail is perfect.
I can then manage to be reasonably "present" for a picnic and playtime in the woods. They don't mind the phone coming out when the purpose is taking their picture. Today, mostly monkeys in trees.
I am a 43 year-old mother of two. At work, I am Alison Pike, and I am an academic psychologist specialising in family relationships. In my other 128 hours I am Alison Williams; I live with my (civil) partner Sian, and we co-mother our two boys, Harry age 6 and Tom age 3. This blog is a record of how academic psychology influences (or not) my family life.