Hannah Lynes

Welcome! I’ve embarked on a new plan to share something of value every day. Sometimes it’s an Instagram post or a Tweet, but when I’ve got something longer to write it will be on here.

NHS information on MRI scans and breastfeeding

Last updated: May 22, 2021

The Breastfeeding Network says that after an MRI or CT scan with contrast dye, it’s fine to continue breastfeeding. However, NHS hospital policies or patient information sometimes state that women need to stop breastfeeding for 24 hours after the scan, which can be practically difficult and can present health risks for mother and baby. I’ve…

School uniform and road safety

Published: May 18, 2021

DS1’s secondary school requires the children to wear black coats and bags, in addition to black trousers, shoes and socks. I believe this makes it harder for the children to be seen by drivers and increases their risk of being involved in road accidents. I don’t think this uniform policy is unusual – I know…

The Sacred Egg

Published: May 17, 2021

I’m sharing something my family has started doing in the last few days. If you’d like to encourage people in your household to do what is right, then there may be something you could adapt here. When we play card games with counters, (Nain Jaune is a favourite thanks to DH’s French ancestry), our children…

Our new house – letter to architects

Last updated: May 17, 2021

We’ve bought a house. It’s a special house, not just any house, probably unique. But it’s not a perfect house. It sits on its own little plot, like a tiny bit of countryside in the middle of a suburban neighbourhood. It has some pretensions to grandness – wooden pillars, “imposing” double doors and stuck on…

Sharing something of value every day

Last updated: May 17, 2021

I recently adopted a new habit – to share something of value every day. I was inspired by listening to Ali Abdaal’s video about passive income in which he emphasised the importance of creating useful content consistently over time. And while I’m not likely to match Ali’s level of productivity, I thought maybe I could…

Where do you bounce?

Published: May 16, 2021

This is my first post describing a fun family activity. I’d like this to be the first of many such posts and hope that I can build a library of fun things families can do together that I and others can turn to if we’re stuck for inspiration. This post describes an activity that my…

Which Beckenham secondary school should I send my child to?

Published: May 9, 2021

Fellow Beckenham parents often ask me for my thoughts about the local secondary schools. Having responded to this question to someone in writing today, I’ve decided to also share my response here in case it’s of interest to others. However, please understand this is just my subjective impressions as a local parent and not based…

Complaint about The One Show breastfeeding feature

Last updated: February 14, 2017

I complained to the BBC about the breastfeeding feature on The One Show, broadcast on 5 October 2016. The BBC’s response did not address the specific issues I had raised, so I wrote back to them. Their second response did address the issues I raised, but did not accept that the comments I complained about…