New(ish) mum Samantha Dooey-Miles is charting her life in doodles. This week, she learned an important lesson from her little’un’s behaviour.

This week, the day every mother dreams of… the first parents’ night at their child’s nursery.

Did it reveal anything about my daughter I didn’t know before? Well, no. Although the lovely lady who looks after Iona as much as I do did say two things that stuck in my head.

Firstly, my daughter gives up her toys if people want them with no fuss. I’ve seen her do it too: she lets whatever chunk of bright plastic she is playing with be removed from her grasp and then walks off like a drunkard to find something else to amuse her without a whimper.

The second thing is when other kids touch her roughly or slap her in the way toddlers clumsily do while exploring the boundaries of the world, she simply steps out of the situation and doesn’t get upset. Unlike me, my child is totally chill.

Even though the caregiver was detailing totally normal toddler behaviour, the mention of toys being nicked and slaps being dished out made me silently irate my daughter has to face anything other than lovely experiences all of the time. If you identify as female or are someone who cares about the rights of women, this week has made it absolutely clear that life isn’t always nice.

Since the Women’s March I’ve experienced the full spectrum of emotions. The good: realising there are so many people wanting to make the world a better, fairer, happier place. The bad: reading the opinions of people who think inequality is not worth fighting against.

One example of a person who creates emotions in the latter category is Piers bloody Morgan. Urgh, even writing his name is making me feel queasy. I won’t dwell on the catalogue of irritating things he’s done both in his lifetime and this week.

Piers Morgan is the adult equivalent of a slap-happy, toy-nabbing toddler. I suggest when it comes to people like him that we act like Iona and remove ourselves from the situation and quickly move onto the important issues – you know, like making sure we do all we can to fight for protecting the rights of women.

See Samanthas previous doodles here.


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Written by Samantha Dooey-Miles

Sam is a first-time mum doodling and blogging her way through teething, nappies and the constant struggle of never quite being sure whether she lives in Essex or London. Find her blog at anewessexgirl.com.