I dismissed warnings about being a working mother as antiquated. Then I became one | Stephanie Gardiner

The portrayal of parenthood in pop culture hides the practical choices that need to be made in most families When my daughter woke up with a fever and a rattling cough, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. My husband was away for work and my parents were on holidays, so I looked after her on my own. For four days, I carefully measured out cherry-flavoured paracetamol, gave her icy water to soothe her sore throat, and held her at night while she babbled through fever dreams. When she was sleeping, I entertained my younger daughter, set up a fundraising webpage for a school fun run, baked and delivered two slices for a school cake stall, and made sure we …

Roberto Firmino fires extra-time winner as Liverpool lift Club World Cup trophy

Roberto Firmino scored in the 99th minute to give Liverpool a first Club World Cup triumph as they beat Flamengo 1-0 Weve conquered all of Europe, were never gonna stop, goes the opening line of Liverpools version of Allez, Allez, Allez. The song needs updating along with the list of honours on the champions wall at Melwood. Jrgen Klopps European champions never stop and, on a night of high drama, quality and controversy in Doha, they conquered the world, too. Roberto Firmino broke the hearts of his compatriots from Flamengo with the decisive goal in extra time as Liverpool triumphed in the Club World Cup. The Brazil international missed two clear openings in normal time but finally secured a title …

It’s really hard to avoid spoilers for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ this week

This story is spoiler-free. The latest Star Wars installment, The Rise of the Skywalker, is being spoiled in a way that no previous large tentpole film has before. In fact, people are sharing TROS spoilers via dozens of Star Wars-related hashtags, on fanfic forums, on Twitterany place where spoilers can be posted. Disney did what it could to prevent footage and plot leaks ahead of the films release. Mission failed. Me hiding from Rise of the Skywalker spoilers pic.twitter.com/UgBXxP6fgz — Vicki Brenner (@Vickiinmyhead) December 17, 2019 Those who went to early screenings of the movie have confirmed that the leaks showing up on social media are accurate. They are likewise tweeting photos they took during screenings. From this reality, fans …

How Has This Decade Felt for LGBTQ Americans? Like Whiplash.

How has the last decade felt if youre an Pose, Gentleman Jack, Danica Roem made history first in 2017 by becoming the first-ever out transgender state legislator, when she was elected to represent the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. This year, Roem made history again as the first out trans person to be re-elected to a state legislature. In 2018, Kyrsten Sinema became the first out bisexual senator (in Arizona), and Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a U.S. state (Colorado). Some 80 LGBTQ candidates won their races in this November's elections. At the same time as these signs of progress, Proposition 8, which was passed in California in 2008 …