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 Kate Holt/ActionAid; Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos/ActionAid; Laura Elizabeth Pohl/ActionAid.

I live in a privileged world of fantastically-groomed yummy mummies. The topic of the conversation seems to be the bonus of your husband right now. I suppose that it is this time of the year. I remember reading somewhere that the bankers’ bonuses were supposed to be capped. I thought that it was going to be a bombshell but frankly it doesn’t seem to make the slightest difference. I still hear them talk about private jets, magnificent yachts and holiday homes all around the world. Most of the other mums are spending the Easter break in the Maldives, in Barbados, or in other fantastic locations. As for me, here I am, in London, waiting to become an aunt again, and trying to care, as much as possible, for elderly relatives. Oh, and also trying to file my business accounts -complete and utter nightmare- while keeping the kids busy. Not so yummy mummy, after all. I am simply drained.

Things got to a head when I overheard one alpha mum tell everybody that she had just spent more than £600 on a new hairstyle. What? Seriously, how can you spend £600 in one go on your hair? She then added that she had just had a colonic irrigation gone wrong. Too much information, thank you vey much.

So that’s how they get so skinny, I thought. Colonic irrigation. Well, not for me. 

I started to wonder how you can have such a great education and become so vain. Where did we all go wrong? Millions of women around the world are longing for an education, trying to make a living in difficult conditions and here we are, talking about luxurious holidays and other empty niceties. What is going on? When did we lose our sense of perspective?

So, here is my little secret when I start indulging in some self pity: I support a charity. Action Aid has launched a campaign called She Can. Please visit their page, and donate if you can. Frankly, I wish that I could make more of a difference, but, hey, it is a good starting point, right? And, best of all, the women supported by Action Aid will make good use of their education. What’s not to like about it?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London