Motherhood

Press Pause: Why I Don't Want to Rush My Baby's Milestones

Kiri Skelton | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kiri Skelton

With your first child you can't wait to reach the big milestones. We rush to wean onto food, impatiently anticipate their first word and step, even look forward to that first painful tooth popping up.

What Not to Say to a Mum of Boys!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Being a mum of four amazing boys, I have been subjected to all of the comments you are about to read! Luckily for my boys, they know that they are the best thing that ever happened to me and I wouldn't change things for the world. :)

Photographer Captures Precious Moment Mum With Cancer Breastfeeds Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents

Beautiful photographs of a mother with breast cancer feeding her newborn baby have gone viral - for all the right reasons. The touching images capt...

Think of The Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Louisa Leontiades

Once I was ambivalent about motherhood, my life was beautiful yet terrible, an enormous experience and I needed, wanted nothing else to make it more. But somewhere on my journey, I realized that I was denying myself motherhood not because I didn't want children, but because I didn't trust myself to do a good job.

Twelve Signs You Are Going Out Out - Mum Style

Emma Conway | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

You are rabid that five actual human beings made it out. Together. On the same night. AND ONE OF THEM IS CHILDFREE AND WILL HAVE ACTUAL STORIES TO TELL. You treat yourself to another rosé and take a selfie to put on FB to ensure everyone knows you still have a life.

How This Empty-Armed Mother Deals With Baby Photos on Facebook

Leigh Kendall | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

Other women have every right to share their baby news, their photos, and their updates, just as I share photos of Hugo's life, and his grave garden. I would never dream of asking them to stop sharing photos of their bumps or babies. Rather than continue to torture myself, I have started unfollowing, for now, on Facebook some women...

Why Pyjamas Are the New Skinny Jeans

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

Strong is the new pretty. Not giving a shit is the new beauty. Eye bags are the new black. So wriggle out of those tiny jeans, throw out the frilly thongs and embrace the glory that is comfort clothing!

The Mother I Will Always Judge

Kiran Chug | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

I think we all do this a little don't we? We believe vehemently in not judging others. We know how tough this is and that we are all only human. Yet we still continue to find faults in ourselves.

Motherhood Meltdown Moments!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Now I challenge any mum to have a day like this and not lock herself in the bathroom for a little cry or yell at the kids whilst struggling to get her words out as she is that stressed.........and then shout a little more as the kids point out she can't talk properly!

An Open Letter to a Kind Stranger

Aby Moore | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents
Aby Moore

You were kind and you didn't judge. You took the time out of your day to empathise and notice someone who was on the edge and offer help to them; for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The world needs more people like you

Mum Rachel Hollis Opens Up About Her Viral Bikini Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Last week Rachel Hollis's "flabby" bikini body picture went viral for all the right reasons. Now, the mum-of-three has released a video to say she ...

The Messy Magic of Motherhood

Tanesha Westcarr | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents
Tanesha Westcarr

Feeling like a chronic mess I scrabbled through a myriad of emotions and thoughts like, why am I awake so early? How many days have I been asleep? I still want more sleep. Where is the glow? Nothing tastes the same. Will I ever have energy again? Damn, I'm about to overheat.

Five Ways How I Lost My Mama Joy... and How I Got It All Back!

Victoria Leith | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

No matter how you come about being a parent (through your body, through fostering and adoption) and no matter how you gave birth (natural, with drugs, no drugs, 'wish I'd had drugs', C-section) I am pretty sure we will all agree: this is a 24/7 job.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay

Lisa Ryan | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Ryan

How do you know you're really ready to be a parent? Is there a point in life where it clicks in your head and says "Yes, now you've ticked all the boxes so here you go, one child coming up!"? Or are we ever really ready for all the different things that come with being pregnant, giving birth and raising a child?

Forget Having a Bucket List, Mums Need a "F*cket List"

Olivia Siegl | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

There is a reason dry shampoo was invented, however, this reason always eluded me pre-baby with me saying ludicrous sentences like "Why would I need dry shampoo? I will just wash my hair if its dirty!" Oh the unadulterated bliss of having time to wash anything but someone else ass.

Embrace the Shame

Wendy Wason | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Wendy Wason

I do try to rationalise this shame. I wonder if it has been sent to me to help me understand what my mother went through and why she made her choices. She would have had to go through this 30 years ago and as a strict Catholic had other pressures on her too.

The Most Important Piece of Advice a New Mother Needs to Hear

Lotte Lane | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

Resentful that the hordes of visitors are infinitely more interested in the baby than you, even though YOU'RE THE ONE THAT DID THE AGONY? That's OK. You're still a good mother.

Breastfeeding - Don't Believe The Hype!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Kerry Gibb

I remember lying on a hospital bed as a monster of a midwife pushed his head against my boob as he fought back against her screaming at the top of his lungs.

Can't Chat: Have None

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgia Mann-Smith

Friends come over for dinner, I'm ecstatic to see someone who isn't a baby and doesn't want to discuss their episiotomy stitches, but then....I realise I have nothing to tell them. Yeah, the baby is good thanks. No, I'm not getting much sleep.

Am I a Heartless Biatch?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I hate to admit it but as the second baby came along, delivering us with two Tiny Humans under Two, which, as grateful as we are for them, they have filled every corner of our lives, minds and pre occupations squashing me and thee to the other sides of our new universe, with no time to spare and no spare energy to spare for each other.

Anatomy of a Mum

Dhanya Nair | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dhanya Nair

I am a young mum (29 is still young, right?) but these signs that motherhood has given me makes me feel old. I wonder almost every day why women have to bear the burden of perpetuating life on earth?

Mother's Day....in the Middle Years

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

When our children are very young we think we are in a living Hell.We think that nothing could EVER be as bad as this living Hell, except possibly if our father-in Law came round for tea as well and pointed out how we should just relax more.

I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody

Jill Finch | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Finch

I have had to learn to do these things quietly because my daughter needs me to. She is seven; bright, super funny, articulate, thoughtful and loving. She also has autism spectrum disorder.

Why Hearing My Son Giggle Will Be the Greatest Gift to Me This Mother's Day

Sadia Nakimera | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadia Nakimera

I kept asking myself, "God, why me?" The mixture of guilt for feeling like you were giving up on your son and constant fear as to when the demands of 24 hour care would become too much weighed heavily on me.

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Penelope Friday | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

My friends had known about my struggle to have independence and had sympathised when I was turned down for Disability Living Allowance (wrongly turned down: I've since, thank goodness, been accepted). But they went further than just supporting me on the internet. They did something about it.