Motherhood

How Motherhood Taught Me to Be Vulnerable

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

When my son was born I spent at least the first six months wondering why, on a good day, he didn't like me and, on a bad day, he hated me.  I felt ashamed of these thoughts and kept telling myself, logically, that it wasn't possible for my son to think or feel either of these things yet at such a young age.

That's the Best Present Ever! (Not)

Claire Kirby | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Before I had children, I never really knew what to buy children. I'm still not sure I know now, unless it is for my own offspring. What I do know is what not to buy them. So here is my top three gifts never to get a kid. Never. Ever.

Ping Pong

Lisa Edwards | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I'm childfree-by-choice, as it happens, and my life is often like that Ping Pong night, complete with a continous rolling sidebar of questions from friends and strangers, although they get less frequent as I get older and out of the baby-making zone.

What To Do When Your Obstetrician Is A Robot

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

We were talking about having a child, right? A cool thing. An episode that we all get to share. She as a professional expert, using her expertise and wisdom to help engineer a seamless birth. Us, as new parents, glowing with the opportunity to do this special project ever so well.

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Katy Wright | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

I then started thinking about all of the things that trouble me about my child, all of the niggling worries that I have about his development, his health and well being. I realised that I'm worrying over absolutely NOTHING. My fears are simply outrageous.

Five Reasons Why All Preemies Are Amazing

Leigh Kendall | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Many premature babies do eventually go home with their proud and grateful parents. These babies are inspiring, as many stories outline. The proliferation of success stories can give the impression that all preemie babies get to go home and live happily ever after. Sadly, that is not the case.

Dear Stranger in the Supermarket Car Park

Claire Kirby | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

A few weeks ago a stranger chased me half way down the street to give me my sons glove, which he had dropped from his buggy. She didn't have to go out of her way to do that, but the fact that she did made my life a little easier.

Ten Tips to Survive the First Six Weeks

Lucy Denyer | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Denyer

If someone offers to cook you dinner/clean your house/work their way through your ironing basket, don't be all British about it and politely refuse. Embrace the offers with open arms. They will soon dry up. And you can always pay them back when they have babies themselves.

Why Choice, Not Breast, Is Best

Rose Carraig | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

Choice is what should be promoted, not exclusively breastfeeding. I am absolutely sick to the gills of health professionals and the NHS and antenatal/postnatal professionals, and worst culprits of all, fellow mothers, constantly banging on about how important it is to breastfeed.

New baby? 14 tips to make life easier

Anna Tyzack | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tyzack

New motherhood can be stifling: you're always with your baby. Time to yourself is such a healer. Leave your baby with the person you trust most (partner, mother?) and go for a quick tea/ walk/ shopping trip on your own.

The Loss of What Could Be

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

The woman who performed the ultrasound calmly turned to me and said with an apologetic tone of voice that there was no fetus at all in my uterus. She then moved the instrument towards my fallopian tubes and that is when they found the ectopic pregnancy in my right side.

Why Must Moms Feel the Pressure to Have Abs of Steel?

Sheila Hageman | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

There are already so many pressures placed upon women to look a certain way and be a certain way as moms, that a photo and message like this can trigger negative thoughts and behaviors in non-model moms.

You're Going To Be Fine

Kiran Chug | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's small talk on the nursery run if you can't avoid it and you wonder if anyone can tell you haven't brushed your hair and still have your pyjama top under your coat and then you realise you forgot to fill in the permission form that's sitting on the kitchen table.

The Heart Stopping Moments of Parenting

Claire Kirby | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

What I wasn't prepared for was the fear. When I say fear, I mean heart simultaneously stopping, dropping down to your stomach, then, bouncing back up into your mouth fear. The kind of fear that leaves you momentarily frozen to the spot and unsure as to whether you might poo your pants or throw up in your mouth.

24 Things No Parent Wants to Hear

Sinéad Fox | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad Fox

They all talk all the time (no idea where they got that from). I love the chats and the sweet singing, but there are some sounds that send me over the edge, that make my heart sink, my head hang or my shouting commence. These things more than others are triggers for me, especially when I'm tired.

Can Your Career Survive Motherhood?

Marina Gask | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

'Sorry I'm Late!'

Kerry Gibb | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

I am the mum who smiles bashfully at other mums walking in the opposite direction after already dropping their kids at school. I am the mum who has perfected my nod of solidarity to other parents racing in consistently late alongside me as we battle to win the race not to be last.

So We Don't Have to Be 'Like Rabbits'. Phew.

Sally Fraser | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

We had been told about Natural Family Planning at marriage preparation but it was all a bit disgusting, (its not just dates and calendars you know, there is a big emphasis on mucous, its grim) and frankly I don't see the point.

Postnatal Depression: A Survivor's Story

Rachel Thomson-Glover | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thomson-Glover

By now I hadn't slept for two months apart from the odd hour or two with sleeping pills. There seemed to be so many news stories about the importance of sleep; I convinced myself that I was going to die from exhaustion (really).

Why The Differences Between Empathy and Sympathy Matter

Leigh Kendall | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Grief is entirely individual, and the grieving person has to respond to their grief in a way that is relevant to them. How they respond may change over time. The difficulty with the platitudes detailed above is that they infer a judgement about how the person is grieving, the time they are taking over their grief, or how they are feeling.

My Awful Secret

Lotte Lane | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

I feel like the most despicable person for admitting this, but part of me is dreading having this kid. I'm scared and I'm anxious. The excitement I felt first time round is notably absent. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant at all, and it feels quite nice.

This Mum Uses Her Two Kids As Fitness Props

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While some parents might use their children as an excuse not to workout, one mother sees her little ones as more of a help than a hinderance. Jorda...

A Child Free Weekend: the Ultimate Birthday Gift

Rebecca Kingston | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Kingston

You can have lunch whenever you want to have lunch. You know, just because you're hungry, and not because one of your children is about to have an Incredible-Hulk style meltdown and you think you might not make it to your next destination alive.

It's Every Mother's Fear That She Will Leave Behind Her Children

Jean Gross | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jean Gross

It's every mother's greatest fear that she will have to leave her children. My daughter Kate Gross lived with that fear for more than two years, before she died of colon cancer a few weeks ago. I wish she was here now so I could tell her that the boys are getting on just fine. Oscar and Isaac were three when Kate was first diagnosed. Twins, but very different little beings. Oscar dark-haired, violet-eyed, solid - and with an astonishing ability (in Kate's words) to 'focus on things, to know them utterly'. Isaac, blond and agile and restless. 'Each of them,' she says, 'carved out his own space in my heart, a space which fits him exactly.'