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Fridays are for fun, right? Well, on mummyratesit every Friday is going to be your chance to get to know an inspirational woman. Yes, every week I’ll be asking 1 Woman – 10 Questions. First up is the wonderful Ruth from DorkyMum who I had the pleasure to meet at the Save The Children bloggers’ day…. Take it away Ruth!

Hello! I’m Ruth, and I blog as DorkyMum ( I’m Scottish, but at the end of last year I moved from Edinburgh to Hertfordshire with my husband and 3-year-old son. I post about parenting, politics, current affairs and photography, and you can always find me for a chat on Twitter ( or Facebook (

Ruth aka DorkyMum answers 1 Woman: 10 Questions on

Ruth aka DorkyMum

Q1: Describe your typical day

We get up about 6.45am – urgh – and my husband heads off to work about 7.30am. Our son goes to nursery three mornings a week, leaving me to clean, shop, do laundry… and sometimes even write a post or two for my blog! On the mornings when my son is at home we’ll head to the library, to the park, or on a playdate. My husband usually gets home around six, so we’ll have a couple of hours of family time before our son goes to bed. At the weekend we tend to take it quite easy – there’s usually pancakes for breakfast and an afternoon nap on the sofa.


Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

I’m not sure if it was advice given in person, or if I read it somewhere, but about ten years ago I remember hearing that even on the days when you’re not happy, you should fake it a little bit. Not that you shouldn’t be a genuine person, just that if you make the effort to smile, laugh and give people a little of your time an attention – even on the days when you really don’t feel like it – then you’re likely to get on better in life. I think there might be some wisdom in that.


Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

Someone who is happy with the balance of her life – whatever that balance is. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone who puts all their energy into their family and doesn’t go out to do paid work, or whether it’s someone who has a great career but no kids…  I admire women who achieve the balance that makes them feel content and satisfied. Unfortunately I don’t think there are many of them out there – so many of us are struggling to find the right balance and feeling guilty because of it.


Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why

My family, who I love with all my heart.

Writing and photography, which provide a satisfying creative outlet.

Sunshine, which warms my bones.


Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why

Prejudice. Be it racism, homophobia, sexism – anything that discriminates against a person because of something they have no choice about makes me very angry.

Inequality. The disparity between rich and poor – on a micro level like there is any town in the UK, and on a macro level as there is across the globe – makes me very angry, and makes me feel very helpful.

The current UK Government, who seem to have somehow combined the above two things to create the coalition from hell, and are dismantling more of our support systems every single day. I can’t even talk about it because I get so angry.

Q6: How do you relax?

Reading a good book, hanging out with my husband, watching crap talent shows on TV, drinking nice wine.

Q7: What makes you laugh?

My husband. And Damn You Autocorrect.

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

Very good question. I’m tempted to say I’d travel back to the Seventies so I could party hard with my husband (who is older than I am), but imagine if I did that and I thought he was an idiot and we didn’t fall in love? That would be terrible. So I’ll have to say something else. I might head back to 1920s Paris and hang out with The Lost Generation.
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How Ruth and her family might look after taking a trip to the Seventies!
Picture thanks to Boogies with Fish @
 Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?

Are you offering? It would be Save the Children, no question. I think the work they do is unparalleled. I had no idea until fairly recently just how broad their range of programs is, and I’m so impressed. Now that I’m a mother myself, I understand the instincts you have. Every mother, no matter where she lives in the world, just wants her child to be happy, safe and fed. Save the Children are helping make that happen for thousands of mothers, every single day.

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

I would use one hour to give me an extra hour of sleep every morning, because there is nothing in the world I love more than sleeping. And I would use the other hour to sit and chew the fat with my husband every night. That’s not a very exciting answer, is it?

Thank you Ruth – I respect a woman who is both politically minded and a keen watcher of crap TV. What a combo!

More 1 Woman: 10 Questions next week. If you would like to take part please drop me an email at michelle at mummyratesit dot co dot uk

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