Motherhood: You Are Not Alone

Laura Powell-Corbett | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Powell-Corbett

I've just found parenting these past few weeks really, really tough. I know that it will pass. I know that the good outweighs the bad. But the one thing that really made me feel better was the big hug my friend gave me. And the words she spoke

Motherhood Enhanced My Career (and Vice Versa)

Metok Lee | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Metok Lee

Both pregnancy and motherhood have enhanced my career and surprisingly, my career in turn enhanced my motherhood.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Three

Olga Levancuka | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

It's the time when the meaning of happiness shifts and you feel that happiness is when your child is sound asleep or gives you the cutest of smiles. When happiness is when your child doesn't struggle to breathe. And when happiness is when your child only cries when he or she is hungry, and not because something else is wrong with your tiny little human.

Why You Should Want Your Kids to Fail

Laura Clark | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

My children are both at school now and are each becoming more independent on an almost daily basis. This is great! It shows they have not only the confidence to make their own decisions, but some confidence that these decisions are the right ones.

Why New Mums Will Always Break My Heart

Laura Clark | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

It's been more than three years since I had my son but every time I hear a new mum talk about the incredible, instant bond she has with her newborn, or how she's never been happier or how she feels more fulfilled than ever before it's like a tiny stab to my chest.

Loneliness in Motherhood

Jane Newman | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Newman

A happy mother will find her happy medium and in doing so avoid becoming lonely. Everybody will have a different idea of what this is, but as long as they reach this goal, they are less at risk of becoming lonely.

When the Facebook Motherhood Challenge Became the Friendship Challenge

Mags Deakin | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Mags Deakin

I saw people actually laughing at the thought of someone finding the constant stream of motherhood challenge selfies upsetting. I saw them calling them horrible, unkind names and even posting links to a satirical story referencing 'childless infertile women who should be banished to live with wolves'.

Want to Be a better Mother Today?

Ceri Gillett | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Ceri Gillett

The ridiculous thing is I know that for me, for many of my friends and the women I have met through my writing, motherhood and guilt are a flavour combination that work well together. The antidote to this, it seems, is to promise to do better next time.

Sisterhood - The Real 'Motherhood Challenge'?

Katherine Lowe | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

No matter what we're striving to achieve, yearning for or worrying about, we can be our own worst enemies so women need to stick together - in person, at work and on social networking sites. Choices and experiences around motherhood are hugely emotive subjects naturally, but we only lash out at each when we're feeling sad, uncertain and insecure (oh, and tired).

An Open Letter to the NHS - Why The Ridiculous Wait For an Autism Diagnosis?

Em Rathbone | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Em Rathbone

After struggling along with these problems for over 35 years I decided that the stress they put on me and my family was enough and, after doing my research, I asked for a referral to see if I am on the autism spectrum.

Why I Feel Like a Punchbag

Sarah Millington | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Millington

With my eldest daughter in particular - a deep-thinker, highly sensitive and painfully self-conscious - I feel that insecurity lies at the heart of many of her anxieties. I try to combat this by illustrating, in graphic terms, how much I love her.

From Self-Destruct to Wife and Mum: A Story of Mental Health

Reneé Davis | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Reneé Davis

Taking responsibility for our lives not panning out the way we want them to can be a tough truth to accept, but it's not about blame. It's about not allowing those demons to destroy our chances of happiness for a minute longer.

What Do My Children Really Think of Me?

Kathryn Berens | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

Facebook's "Motherhood Challenge" which has hit in the last week or so has caused some controversy. The challenge (and it strikes me that it is not particularly challenging at all) is to post three photos which show how you are proud to be a mum and then you "challenge" other women whom you think are great mothers to do the same.

Motherhood: The Original Identity Thief?

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

Ultimately, motherhood is different for everyone, however being a good mother doesn't need to mean isolating yourself to parenting. There is nothing wrong with wanting to build a career, be the bread winner or build muscle at the gym whilst simultaneously being a good mum to boot.

Mum's Law

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

So says Murphy's Law, which got me thinking that there is definitely a version of this for Mums.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Two

Olga Levancuka | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

The baby was more awake then asleep and more active than before. A few days of adjustment and luckily for me the umbilical cord stump fell off. That meant I could start bathing the baby.

Valentine's Day - A Celebration of Love

Lisa Roberts | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

Nothing can prepare you for the fierce, unconditional love you feel for your new-born baby, a powerful love that deepens with every passing day as you grip tightly on board the roller-coaster of those first few weeks.

The Reality of Decluttering With a Family

Helen Bryce | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

The whole de-cluttering thing is everywhere at the moment and I'm sold on the concept, it totally makes sense but I'll be honest I struggle with the reality.

When Selfish Mothers Unite

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Well I got a whole lot more than I had anticipated when I managed to wangle 24 hours away from my loved ones this weekend. I set off to join the inspirational Molly Gunn, founder of the Selfish Mother blogzine and 24 other (non-pregnant) women who had let themselves off the 'leash' for a day at the spectacular Rathfinny Wine Estate.

What Motherhood Has Taught Me About Failure

Aimee Foster | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

In motherhood, I fail often. Sometimes I shout more than I should, I may cry, burn dinner or not even find the time to cook a proper dinner at all. Some days I'm distracted, the laundry baskets are overflowing and at times the kids watch too much TV. Occasionally I just want to run and hide.

Why I Have Slush for Brains

Jude Coy | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

When I was a little kid nothing would excite me more than when we were out and about and I set eyes on a very special poster. My stomach would bounce with joy at the sight of that special white basset hound dressed in his matching blue sweater and bobble hat, licking his lips and clutching his overflowing cardboard cup of blue raspberry icy slush.

Post-Baby Body Blah

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Fulu

I used to be reasonably fit. I am vegetarian, have practised yoga for over a decade and have always been naturally slim. When I had my first child my body stretched and strained but within six months of a natural birth I returned to a slightly heavier, slightly hippier, saggier-boobed version of myself. But not that dissimilar.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week One

Olga Levancuka | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Not sure about you, but I was really looking forward to having a baby, I planned and planned and planned, and the minute baby arrived... I panicked. Nothing prepared me for my little treasure's un-routinely behaviour.

Don't Call Me a Busy Working Mum

Catherine Mann | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Catherine Mann

In our fairly bog-standard journey to parenthood, there has been one solitary inevitable given in the combination of family life with employment: that it would be me who would need some period away from work while the babies made their exits.

The Emotions of Motherhood

Laura Clark | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

Forget night feeds, tantrums and potty training - my number one parenting struggle is trying to navigate the constantly conflicting emotions that any mum or dad faces every single day. This is the side of parenting that nobody warns you about, presumably because it is almost impossible to explain to non-parents.