Where Do Babies Come From?

Claire Kirby | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

I thought I would be a no nonsense mum when it came to the 'awkward' or 'embarrassing' things that my children would ask. The big questions. I admire those mums who use the correct words for body parts, I really do. But I can't say penis without giggling.

Ten Top Tips for Harmonious Holidays

Frances Taylor | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

Before I went, I had a post in mind about travelling with two small children. It was going to be something wise and profound which would have people nodding sagely and thinking 'I learned something today'. Obviously I got more than I bargained for and so, much like the plane on the return journey, my foray into travel blogging didn't quite take off as intended.

DIY Before Kids vs DIY After Kids

Claire Kirby | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

The husband and I are complete opposites, and generally our differences compliment each other. We are yin to the others yang. Except when it comes to DIY. The Great Kitchen Tile of 2003 nearly ended in us getting divorced before we were actually married.

The 12 Months of the First Year of Baby

Helen Wallen | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

So small, so perfect, so fragile... Yes. Take a moment to remember your vagina the way it was. Then re-grow all your pubic hair to form a secret forest around it, destroy every handheld mirror in the land, and NEVER THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN.

Build A Ladder To The Stars...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

The school where I work is saying goodbye, this week, to another sixth form year group, as the class of 2016 head off into study leave, exam season an...

Five Things That Are Awful at Home but Awesome on Holiday

Katie Gregory | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

Why is it that when you go away on holiday in the UK - whether that's to a caravan, campsite or cottage - all those boring, everyday things you do at home magically become fun? We took the kids to Yorkshire for a mid-week break last week, and we noticed a few things while we were there. Recognize any of these?

An Open Letter to the New Mayor of London From My Kids

Ian Burge | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Ian Burge

We're really excited that you're the new Mayor of London. Perhaps even more excited than you are judging by your campaigns. We're particularly pleased that you're the new Mayor because Lola's fifth birthday is soon and now Mr Johnson is freed up to come and do the entertainment. He seems like somebody who could make a really good balloon puppy.

Things I Don't Have Time for Now I Have Kids

Frances Taylor | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

In a pre-child life, if someone were to ask me what I got up to at the weekend and I replied that I went swimming and to the supermarket all in one day, the person asking might look at me as if to say 'and...?'. With children, doing two different things in 24 hour period is something to be proud of. Medal-winning territory.

Pushchair Etiquette

Claire Kirby | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

When simple pushchair etiquette is not adhered to it makes me mad. And when I say mad, I mean I will be huffing and puffing, tutting and rolling my eyes, and muttering things about you under my breath. In general being very British about the whole thing. So to save me from looking slightly unhinged please follow these simple rules:

Boys Don't Cry?

Nick Harding | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Harding

I've not been privy to my own father's tears. I've seen him get worked into advance states of exuberance and dejection at West Ham football matches but I've never seen him have a proper sob. I'm not sure I'd want to. The awkwardness would hang in the air and embarrass us both.

Gratitude Photo Journals (And Other Pregnancy Projects)

Liz Lowe | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

It all felt a bit frivolous as it struck me that I should really be photographing our clean, running water, our solid roof, our well-stocked cupboards. We have so much more than so many will ever have

Anxiety and The Black Dog

Kathryn Berens | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

I know it will pass - well, it always has in the past. A couple of weeks and my old mate "anxiety" will have retreated again, the filter will shift from my view of the world and I shall be back on the bandwagon of life, throwing myself into everyday activities with my usual gusto.

The Mother's Day Reality Check...

Helen Wallen | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

It's supposed to be a celebration of motherhood. But what it mostly is, is an opportunity for you to be crushed by immense disappointment at the point where you're most vulnerable... with wine. So here's some of the realities of Mothering Sunday for us all to cry and drink gin over.

How to Survive World Book Day - Next Year

Claire Kirby | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

The mention of World Book Day makes me break out into a cold sweat. I love getting lost in a good book. I love sharing books from my childhood with my children, and discovering new ones. I love the idea behind World Book Day.

The Nine Rules of Being a New Mum on Facebook

Katie Gregory | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

I've done a lot of reading up on the subject (mostly vitriolic comments on other people's articles - who actually reads above-the-line these days anyway?) and I'm pleased to say I've got it all figured out. All we need to do us follow these nine simple rules and we'll have this Being A Mum On Facebook thing all sewn up.

How You Know You're a Parent in the Twenty-Teens...

Helen Wallen | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

If you're the parent to a toddler or pre-schooler right now, then you'll need this. Here's how to be a Mummy to babies born in the twenty-teens. You're welcome...

A Little Loving Kindness Goes a Long Way

Liz Lowe | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

We celebrated Valentine's Day in our usual 'low key' style. Whilst we were all at the market my husband bought me flowers. He was assisted by the toddler who did a quick spot check on various options to see how easily the petals and berries could be detached. Most, quite easily, it turned out and we may not be welcomed back by that particular florist.

A Night in the Life of a Daddy... Living With a Baby...a Wife... a Cat... Inside a 1-Bedroom House... With No Doors

Andrew Robinson | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

After an unknown amount of time trying to get baby ready for bed, you wait patiently for the milk to cool down a little - this appears to take hours as baby is messing about, running you ragged.

Recipe for Birthday Letters of Love (Just add Toddler Tantrums)

Liz Lowe | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

Anyway, this week's 'pause' was based around my project of writing 'birthday letters of love' to my daughter, which I will give to her when it feels right. Like many of my projects it was still in the early stages, with both 1st and 2nd birthday letters now due.

10 Reasons Why It's Fantastic to Be Single This Valentines Day

Charlotte de Carle | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Charlotte de Carle

Check out that couple over there, having a wonderfully overpriced, candlelit, dinner for two, 'enjoying' their Valentine's Day? He trolls the dating apps under an alias and she can only orgasm with the lights off, imagining Dan the repair man who came round last month to fix the boiler. Don't you just envy them so much? No, not really? Exactly!

Taking Your Children Swimming Should Be an Olympic Sport

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When mummy tells you we are taking baby and niece swimming, a sudden sense of hang on a minute, a sense of, "I don't even like swimming; I'm afraid of my head being submerged under a pool of urine infested water", follows.

Catch the Pigeon (Toddler Lessons in Mindfulness)

Liz Lowe | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. 'Dry January' was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.

Things You Should Know About Owning a Threenager...

Helen Wallen | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Planning on eating out...?! Don't. It's a trap... The iPad doesn't work anymore... you better set aside some time to mourn this period of your life. You won't be going to cafes/restaurants/out of your living room for playdates anymore.

How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good Day

Liz Lowe | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

After a morning of procrastination, I spent the afternoon working in Central London with similar levels of productivity. The tube was busy when I returned home, as apparently other people had been working there too (I don't get out much).

Slogans for World War Terrible Twos

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

In a war, you need slogans. For public safety and morale, and all that jazz. Now, of course, in this war, no one has time to be coming up with slogans, because... caring for/restraining toddlers here. Fortunately, there is no need to create our own.