How to Find Time for Creativity

Julia Bryson | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julia Bryson

Do I have any spare time? Well the answer is no, but I do write this blog. Somehow, in my hectic week, I manage to carve out enough time to write two, maybe three posts, take and edit the photographs to go with them, read and comment on other blogs, and chat online to what I call my second set of work mates, my blogging friends.

Changing The Way I See My Post-Baby Body

Sian Ganly | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK Parents
Sian Ganly

I loved my pregnant body. I felt absolutely wonderful and embraced my growing bump during both of my pregnancies. But my post-baby body is proving a little harder to love.

Time Waits for No Mum! - A Busy Mums Message to the World!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

No matter how many times I tell myself this I just can't get my head around it. Crazy I know, as by the time the day arrives I will have had 365 of the damn things to get myself prepared for it. Not to mention she is my second Tiny Human to have her 1st b'day so I should know what to expect.

How I Am Raising HAPPY Children

Tanita Taylor | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Tanita Taylor

I am passionate about raising my children as best I can. I want to give them the best chance in life to be happy and healthy. I want to promote positive thinking and encourage their imagination and creativity as much as I can in our daily lives.

Rainy Day Activities for Lazy Mums and Dads

Helen Wallen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

I know the days spent entertaining the baby and toddler at home by myself are likely to increase now that winter is on it's way... As I can't be arsed to find the rain-cover and spend several hours working out how to re-attach the foot-muff to the buggy. So. Here's my guide to making the most of the rainy days stuck in the house with small people...

10 Things About Parenthood That Can 'Get Stuffed'

Helen Thorn | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Just as sweets are classified as a 'sometimes' food, brushing hair is a 'sometimes' activity. Obviously that doesn't mean letting the kids grow their own dreadlocks, but does it really matter if they leave the house with a bit of a birds-nesty look occasionally?

The Things You Do for Love - The 'I Never Knew and Didn't Understand' Moments of Motherhood

Alison Powell | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Parents
Alison Powell

Since having children I have picked meat out of their little teeth in a restaurant. I can say hand on heart I would not do that for another human being. I have used a hand-held breast pump, feeling like a Jersey cow, as a bus load of people parked at the stop stared at me through my living room window and I simply stared back.

10 Things They Really Mean When They Ask "Are They All Yours?"

Emma Porcelli | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

The amount of times people have said to me, "Are they all yours?" is untrue. I was crazy and didn't take up the government's 15 hours of free childcare when I had the third one (apart from my daughter had three mornings at Pre-School), so the majority of my maternity leave I would always be out with the three of them.

Today Is Your Day

Tanita Taylor | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents
Tanita Taylor

I hate the word HARD. It's so uninspiring, so meaningless. It gives me chills down my spine and reminds me why I never seemed to achieve anything worth shouting about until I had children. I always thought life was hard.

10 Things You Can't Appreciate During Your First Pregnancy

Bethan King | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents
Bethan King

No amount of parenting books or NCT classes can give the slightest insight into what you are really letting yourself in for. The only people who truly know are those who have been there, done that and got the milk-stained T-shirt.

To the Brand-New Mother of Two: Embrace The Chaos. This Is All Going to Be Fine.

Rachel Jeffcoat | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jeffcoat

If it feels like you're running from one to the other, patting out need-fires, that's because you are, my love. Babies, toddlers and even preschoolers don't have a pause button. You are it for them, and they don't know how to wait for you, and they certainly don't know how to take turns.

Eight Home Truths I'd Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Mum

Katie Gregory | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

In short, I was an idiot. And three years on - sat on the same sofa while my kids take a rare nap at the same time - I can't help but wish someone had taken me aside to explain a few home truths. Granted, I probably wouldn't have listened. But here's what I wish I could go back and tell that new mum on the sofa...

The Real Reasons Why Women Are Delaying Motherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women are not "sleepwalking" into infertility, with many worried about missing out on the chance of having children, according to a new report.Those ...

Hello Adele, It's You We're Looking For!

Sophia Walker | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sophia Walker

With Adele's new album '25' out, some critics have asked whether Adele has enough 'fodder' to fuel the heartfelt lyrics and emotion we've come to expect in her previous albums.

Life as a Shy Parent

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I see myself in my daughter and I see the shyness I have grown up with since I was a child. If somebody told me that becoming a parent would completely expose that shyness and low self-esteem I thought I hid so well, I would have sneered smugly and said "Yeah, right"...

Let's Be Frank - How It Pays to Choose a Traditional Name for Your Baby

Sophie McCorry Day | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sophie McCorry Day

Start considering options and noting them down midway through your pregnancy; ensure your partner does this too if you want to make a united decision. And even if they sweetly say, "It's up to you, love" don't buy it - you'll have to put up with the way they flinch every time they say it if your choice is duff.

To the Mama of a Highly Functioning Autistic Child

Reneé Davis | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Sometimes you feel like a fraud, because your autistic child is high functioning, and you question whether you even have the right to complain when other families have it so much worse.

One Bad Mother

Helen Keeler | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

I wouldn't say I'm a terrible mother. I mean, I am, but I'd probably try to use a word that was less bad than that. Early on in motherhood I realised that having children is like someone taking your children hostage, because if you don't do the right thing, they might die. Constant pressure. Unending stress.

None of Your Business

Sarah Debnam | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Debnam

It's none of your business. I mean this in the nicest possible way because it's also none of my business. It's none of your business how a woman decides to feed her baby to start with. It's none of your business if that is in public.

A Smile Is All It Takes...

Nicole Thomas | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Nicole Thomas

The Boy lurches towards the woman's leg and grabs her ankle. "Owwwwww!" she shouts as The Boy scratches her. "I'm so sorry. He has autism and doesn't understand why I'm stopping him standing next to the window, where he always stands." Still nothing. Just a stare boring into my soul, whilst leg rubbing. They're looking at me like I'm the most abhorrent parent in the universe.

Am I Really a Bad Mother?

Jude Coy | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

Since giving birth to my beautiful boy three years ago I have been my own worst critic. Am I doing enough for my son? Am I giving him what he needs? Am I being the best mother I can be?

Why We Should Stop Asking 'Are You Enjoying Motherhood?'

Zara Walker | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

What makes it worse is parents, just like me, begin to perpetuate this. We ask the same questions we loathed ourselves, we begin to reinforce the notion that motherhood and enjoyment are bed fellows. Is it because we are too scared to admit the truth?

SMA's Careline Is The Easy Way To Get Advice On Any Baby Issue - No Matter The Time Of Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you're busy looking after a new baby, it's easy to forget that you also need some looking after yourself. New mothers have plenty on their pl...

Raising Modern Sons

Vicki Psarias | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

Both bold, strong boys who love arts and crafts and to read along cooking as much as sprinting around the garden and climbing trees, I always endeavour to support them by offering choice when it comes to activities, and to always encourage and celebrate those preferences.

Is There Really a Glass Ceiling, or Is Motherhood Just More Rewarding Than a Career for Women?

Christina Franks | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Parents
Christina Franks

Now, aged 35, with many of my peers embarking on their first pregnancy, not to mention, for some of them, leadership roles, I feel compelled to take stock - to appreciate what I've achieved, consider where I'm going, and take a good hard look at what it is I really want from my life.