Victoria Mitchell

Freelance Writer, Content Creator, Blogger

United Kingdom

I have written lifestyle, expat, parenting, education and travel pieces but will embrace any topic.

My Label and Me: Don't call me an expat, I'm an immigrant

My story differs from most as my label hasn't held me back or exposed me to prejudice; some would say I should be grateful for it. For 15 years I've lived, on and off, in Asia, Italy and Australia and have been labelled an expat, but it never sat well with me.

Why You ARE a Good Parent - CheltenhamMaman

Here are just a few of the things permanently unticked on my parenting 'to do' list: Batch cook Moroccan lentil scrolls for the 7-year old's bento lunchbox (and buy bento lunchbox) Reduce 11-year old's screen time by 80% Schedule wholesome family board game sessions which don't necessitate Band Aids Research

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Why Britain's Still Great, By Someone Who's Leaving

It's fair to say 2017 has been, to quote our monarch in her 1992 speech, an "annus horribilis". In fact, these last few years have been anni horribiles for the people of the UK. I've found myself taking a deep breath before clicking on the BBC News updates which pop up hourly on my phone, like ceaseless bleeping harbingers of doom.

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Seven Signs Your Kids' School Is Ridiculously Middle Class

My 1980's primary school was home to tepid bottles of milk, ramshackle terrapins and identically-clad kids in hand-me-down C&A coats and ice cream tub lunch boxes. Every child in the neighbourhood went there, regardless of family income, house price, religious or political persuasion. It was a proper microcosm, a dog poo-encircled centre of the community.

All of the reasons Aussie parents are totally and completely better than British parents.

Thanks to our brand partner, I've recently ping-ponged back to Australia with a couple of little Vegemite-convert POMs in tow. There have been heaps of changes during our five-year absence, including Opal cards and Uniqlo but one thing that's stayed the same (like Jimmy Giggle) is how Australia physically and culturally enables the most awesome of childhoods.

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Screens: Are They Really The Enemy?

Society has always found forests' worth of sticks to beat parents with. Currently vying with refined sugar for the title of slackest parenting choice, is allowing your children to use screens. Here's what I've come to realise though: refusing to accept and embrace your kids' place in a digital world may do them far more of a disservice.

#squadgoals: How to Keep Them Up When Babies Happen

Back in 2006 when one of my housemates announced they had something to show me, it was usually a coveted Topshop skirt or a text from the guy from last night. This time I was doing the showing, brandishing a white plastic stick with two blue lines.

Who'd be a teacher in 2017?

You'd be crazy to quit a cushy private sector job to teach, right? I chat to the very sane Clare Wheelwright, who did just that.

Two Tribes

I was an immigrant for 10 years.

Another Mummy Blog

Here's another 'mummy blog' post but it won't bemoan the utter relentlessness of parenthood with witty tips on removing Weetabix missiles from bras.

Perfectly Imperfect

If you're one of my closest friends, you should consider yourself less than perfect.

Stop the Timer

I have a big birthday happening next year. It's the one which means I can no longer (legitimately) continue referring to myself as a girl.

Groundsheets and Ground Rules

Can't wait to squeeze my body into a zip-up synthetic cocoon, spend the night in an un-insulated broom cupboard-sized space and pee into a pit.