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Bernadette Ballantyne

Journalist, civil engineer and author of parenting blog https://mumsmodulus.com

Working parent, freelance journalist, former civil engineer and fan of sustainable infrastructure, book lover and writer of several half finished novels.....
Brexit and National Women in Engineering

Brexit and National Women in Engineering Day

Although the widely reported skills shortage is a major driver for all engineering firms, many of whom are now working with schools and universities to encourage girls to study STEM subjects, there are more pressing concerns.
22/06/2016 14:30 BST
Mum's

Mum's Law

So says Murphy's Law, which got me thinking that there is definitely a version of this for Mums.
04/02/2016 15:43 GMT
Unexpected Parenting Challenges: The Loom Band

Unexpected Parenting Challenges: The Loom Band Penis

Unexpected parenting challenge number 5,439 emerged last week when my 6 year old son presented me with his latest amazing loom band creation. He was really very proud of it. He had used You Tube to help him create it he said.
22/10/2015 14:21 BST
Planning on Getting a Family Puppy? Read This

Planning on Getting a Family Puppy? Read This First

Having a family dog is a wonderful thing, but we learned the hard way that raising a puppy is not easy. From eating my son's birthday cake to getting a horse to charge at me, here are the most important things we have learned in the past two years of raising our Labrador puppy Mikey.
30/07/2015 19:59 BST
Managing Mega Meltdowns: The Pre-Nursery

Managing Mega Meltdowns: The Pre-Nursery Tantrum

By the time we arrived at school she allowed me to put on her dress but nothing else. Amazing I thought. This was about modesty. She wanted to be covered up but remained in control by refusing to wear her pants or socks. She cried on arrival at nursery. I cried on departure.
17/07/2015 15:45 BST
Why Motor Racing's Newest Championship, Formula E, Should Drop the Grid

Why Motor Racing's Newest Championship, Formula E, Should Drop the Grid Girls

Come on Formula E, let's ditch the sexism and allow modern thinking to underpin the modern technology. As even more exciting new developments are pursued in season two such as a more electrical energy innovations from teams with the aim of this filtering into the everyday electric vehicle market, let's also see forward thinking in terms of equality.
03/07/2015 12:09 BST
Married Life: Why I Like It When My Husband Leaves the

Married Life: Why I Like It When My Husband Leaves the Country

There are other advantages to having alone time too: being able to read in bed at night for as long as I like, repeatedly watching Vikings (if I can't see my husband's beardy face and tattoos I might as well enjoy those of Rollo and Ragnar), not having to watch Arsenal, not having to wade through his clothes on the floor to get into bed, not being woken at 6.15 by his alarm every day.
12/06/2015 11:31 BST