Motherhood

Why Festive Drinking and Motherhood Don't Mix

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I actually think I'm a good parent when I've had a couple of drinks. I laugh more. Loosen up a tad. Let my daughter eat lots of cocktail sausages. I construct creative meals out of buffet foods- piling up her plate with crisps and cake (so she has a good balance of savoury and sweet). And I have fond memories of my own Mum being pissed...

Princess Michael Of Kent: 'Breastfeeding Is Not Something I Would Do In Public'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While many women are campaigning to remove the stigma around breastfeeding in public, a member of the Royal family has admitted she does not approve. ...

Breastfeeding, Not Tit-Feeding..

Liz Fraser | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

All this puritanical, embarrassed, shaming behaviour towards subtly feeding a human infant now, is a head-banging hangover from those days - days when piano legs were covered up, lest anyone find them too scandalous. Crikey.

To the Mom Struggling to Survive:

Sheila Hageman | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

It's ok to feel depressed. It's ok to say things to your kids you wish you could take back. You can take them back. You can ask for forgiveness. Y...

Body Found In Gorge In Police Hunt For Mother And Newborn

PA | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK

Police investigating the disappearance of a new mother and her four-day-old baby from hospital have found a woman's body in a gorge. The family of ...

'I Trust My Own Judgement' Says Heavily Pregnant Weightlifter

Barcroft Media | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Katja Harjanne is eight months pregnant. She's also a fan of weight lifting. The 39-year-old, who is 38 weeks into her first pregnancy, is still l...

Never Stop Dancing - A Year in the Life of a Business Startup

Hannah Saunders | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Hannah Saunders

It's been over a year now and, as I hoped and feared, it's been the most fun/interesting/terrifying year I've had for a few decades. On the whole, it would have been cheaper to buy a sportscar and less time-consuming to have an affair with a 25 year old, but, as I can't drive and am happy with my fella, this 45 year old's mid-life crisis is a "follow your dream" business startup.

How Getting Naked Really Did Make Me Feel Empowered

Sheila Hageman | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

Over the years since I left the adult industry, I have hidden my body away. I covered up. I got more conservative as befits a mother, or so I thought. And I lost some of my sense of self. I lost some sense of myself as a beautiful, sexual woman. I lost connection to a certain part of myself.

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

A Thank You Letter to My Mother

Rachel Kelly | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Gradually as I began to get better, you would read aloud longer passages and poems to me as you had done when I was a child. You had always kept a commonplace book of snippets of poetry, prayer and anecdotes that had particularly struck you, entitled 'Consolations'. I devoured the collection as if it were ice-cold water offered to a parched traveller.

The No B***S*** Advice All New Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

One thing that was not lost amongst the milk hazed chaos was how at certain points during those first intrepid weeks, me and my post baby self could have done with a list of new mum home truths that cut through the inertia of new mum bullshit and instead brought me and my over active worries back down to reality.

Relationship Reality After Having a Baby

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

I remember feeling real contempt towards my partner when he regaled my labour story to our friends, as if it had been he who pushed an 8lb baby out of his mangina. 'It was like watching your favourite pub burning down. You know it will be rebuilt but it will never been the same again.' Hahahaha. Yes, hilarious. We were supposed to be in the most euphoric stage of our lives but I just wanted to kill him.

'I Want Women To Know They Can Study And Be A Mum'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jacci Sharkey, 24, proudly posed for a picture while she was breastfeeding her six-week-old son at her university graduation. With Sharkey's permi...

'I Switch My Phone Off After 9pm' Says Founder Of Hip And Healthy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The great big secret to balancing motherhood and a career is that there isn't one. No one has the answer to managing it all perfectly, no one ever...

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Why Mothers Should Be Selfish

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I am the luckiest person in the world. I have an adoring partner whom I love with all my heart and two beautiful children, no financial worries to speak of. And yet I am finally facing facts. It's scary and it's shameful. I am admitting in public that I don't like spending time with my children.

Why Having Kids Could Boost Your Arthritis Risk

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you weren't already put off by your friend's horrific tales of childbirth or the noisy baby next door, there's a new reason why having children cou...

Five Guilt Trips to Expect on Becoming a Mother

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

You might already feel guilty just for getting pregnant if you're not married and you've been brought up by that type of family. Or for ditching your work without an adequate handover when you bugger off for maternity leave (because who cares when your pelvis is falling apart and you can't pull your pants up properly).

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Dear Lactivist: I Am Not a Milk-Delivery System

Jessica Shortall | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am talking about a minority of breastfeeding advocates here. Most of you lovely people do not do what I am about to talk about. And "lactivists" are super important. And all of you - including the ones I'm talking about here - are amazing people who are working hard for women and babies.

About Time: The Day I Left My Daughter

Michelle Beckett | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

There has been a lot of speculation about how men won't take up the opportunity of shared parental leave because the money is not enough for them or because childcare is not seen as a man's job. These are valid concerns but I think it goes even deeper than that.

Baby-Name-Gate: Why Keeping Mum Is Best!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!

Teaching Feminism to Toddler Boys - Changing the World Starts Here

Kiran Chug | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

My conversation with Milin, I've realised, must start here. It's time now to start laying the groundwork that will see him growing up to speak out for equality. ,I want him to do more than his fair share in quashing gender inequalities. I want him to grow up championing the rights of men and women, girls and boys, no matter who they are and where they are from.

That's What Makes You Beautiful

Rae Mullins | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.