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JJ Barnes

JJ Barnes writes about parenting, feminism, current affairs and writing

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When people are in pain, they try to cause pain in others. But you don’t have to be their punching bag.

I remember growing up my mother always told me that the girls who were so cruel to me were in pain. She told me only people in pain would try to cause pain in others, so instead of being afraid of them or angry at them for the way they treated me, I should pity them. I’m pretty sure she

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Why I start celebrating Christmas in September…and why I don’t give a damn that it bothers you.

A common complaint of the build up to the Christmas season is that shops get decorations and gift displays in too soon, and Christmas music plays too early. You can’t walk around the high street without hearing people gripe, social media is littered with insults against shops, and moans about early shoppers are aplenty. But me? I love it. Part

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What writing a book with my step-son means to me.

My little patchwork family is made up of myself and my partner, my daughter from my first marriage, his son from his first marriage, and our tyrannical toddler who came along 9 months after my 30th birthday… We’ve been a family for five years now. I’ve looked after my step-son for at least part of nearly every single day since

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What is gender neutral parenting, and why would you do it?

I am raising my children to be “gender neutral”. This is a concept that is often widely scorned, and I think I understand why, but I also think it’s a misunderstanding. I’m not raising my children to be neither a boy nor a girl, I’m raising my children to be who they are regardless of whether they’re a boy or

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Returning to the Bloggersphere

I began blogging in 2012, right after the birth of my first daughter. Whilst I had technically been writing both articles and stories for many years before the blog, my audience had been almost entirely made up of my mother. Writing a blog was the first time I truly felt like I could call myself a writer. I was finally