I was reading an article online about Mairead Ronan’s choice to quit her radio show to spend more time with her family, as research for a piece on the different work-life options for men and women, when I was diverted. Up popped an item titled “Dublin mum shares genius hack for making mashed potatoes without washing, peeling or chopping”, and I was off like a terrier down a rabbit hole.

I’ve been a single parent since my youngest daughter, now 18, was just ten months old, and in that time I reckon I’ve peeled and mashed several tons of spuds and boiled mountains of pasta; spent months overseeing homework and attended 70-plus parent-teacher meetings; organised children’s parties, dental appointments and holidays; managed illnesses, strops, domestic


No man quits work to unblock toilets at home