The Future Needs Creative People - Fostering Creativity in My Son

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Vasconcelos

At university I heavily studied creativity and whether it can be taught or if it is a skill you are born with. I constantly look for creativity within my pupils of my Performing Arts business and I have a thirst for finding new ways to stimulate them in their creative journeys. But where does creativity fit in to my Motherhood? How to I foster that within my boy? How do I inspire him to be creative?

Dating - The 90s Way!

Emma Conway | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Conway

I'm a little bit sad there isn't a bit more photographic evidence of my late teens and early 20s as I was four stone lighter and often went out without a bra on without them flapping around my knees. But I am glad that no one will ever get to witness the time I was was left stood crushed in New Street Station, dumped, weeping under the departures board. Braless and thin.

Six Signs Your House Is Ruled By a TODDLER TYRANT!

Zeena Moolla | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zeena Moolla

Has your home become toddler-occupied territory? Do you live within no-go zones changeable on a daily basis? Are orders frequently barked at you? "Don't sing!" "Stop talking!" No laughing!" Well, you are not alone - and in the spirit of misery loving some company, here are six signs you are living under a toddler tyranny...

The Irreversible Reality of Time

Fiona Chick | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents
Fiona Chick

For years the years seem to have been passing by more rapidly than the last. As a child, I remember adults commenting on how quickly I had grown, and how time was flying, but I never really got it.

Just a Mum?

Sarah Debnam | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Debnam

Of course I understand that we have many identities as women as well, and plenty of responsibilities, differences and other roles that help define us as people. But when it comes to describing our parental role I think we should have confidence in doing so, and even celebrate it openly.

Alexandra Shulman Is Right - Things Do Change When You're On Maternity Leave

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

It was good to hear a successful woman speak about maternity leave in an honest way. This is one area where women can sometimes have quite mad expectations. Having a baby is truly transformative - you aren't the same person and everything changes.

Dear New Mum, It's Okay

Zara Walker | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

There are many other things that I have done as a mother, that frankly are probably not cricket. Sometimes in order to stay yourself, with the smallest amount of dignity, you have got to make the best of the tools you have at your disposal. 

Changing the Idea of Younger Mothers

Lisa Ryan | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Ryan

The way I am looking at our situation is that when my son goes to school, it will be easier for me to follow a career path and by then I will hopefully have figured out what route I want to go down - something I was completely lost about the year after I graduated.

How to Survive Parenthood When You Are a Human

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

Here's the thing Perfect Mum, you can't take us down. The truth is out there now. So either pull up a sticky chair and join us for a glass of wine - or leave us the hell alone.

48 Definitions of Being a Mother

Claire Kirby | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

On good days being a mother it's full of smiles and laughter and cuddles, on bad days it's full of tears and tantrums from both the small people and me. On normal days it's busy, loud and always unpredictable.

Seven Kinds of Mother Clutter

Charlotte Peach | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Charlotte Peach

I decided that I should just put on my big girl pants and crack on with the mammoth task of de-cluttering our home, in order to accommodate the two adults that appear to reside here too. As I started to attack the problem, I noticed a pattern emerging which reminded me of a chapter in Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.

10 Signs You Desperately Need Some 'Me' Time

Sumbel Gilani | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sumbel Gilani

Bathroom time is the only "me" time (most of the time) so when there is someone else with the children, like your partner or a friend, you spend a long time peeing. Not only that, just so that you can have a guilt-free stay in the bathroom, you end up making yourself do a second pee after the first has stopped.

The 13 Parenting Laws of Sod

Emma Conway | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

I have decided to make a list of the parenting laws of sod. If I was very clever I would do it to the tune of Ironic. But I am now in my third week of chicken pox. So? I will just tiredly list them, moaning to myself as I go...

A Good Example of Bad Co-Sleeping

Yvette Lamb | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Yvette Lamb

If you co-sleep when you do not want to co-sleep, but your baby makes you co-sleep, then your night may go a little something like this. Although for your sake, I hope that it does not.

A Letter to My Eight Year Old Daughter

Victoria Leith | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Leith

Sometimes I want the best for you so much I forget about the present time. I think about the future and forget that you are standing there, right in front of me, wanting me to play and laugh and chat and watch you dance.

This Obsessive Media Focus on the Bodies of New Mothers Is a Terrible Thing for Women

Mia Freedman | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mia Freedman

Seriously, who are the people who do this stuff? Is it women who haven't had babies yet? Is it men who have never watched their partner be consumed by the pressure and anxiety that goes with 'getting her baby body back'?

Leave Zara Phillips' Mum Tum Alone, Say Our Mum Readers

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Parents

Motherhood is a great leveller among women - Zara Phillips may be a royal, but her body has gone through the same upheaval any woman's has after givin...

Yes. You Should Have a Third Child

Amy Ransom | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

The leap from two to three is hard. In my humble opinion. Having that third child takes you into uncomfortable territory that takes some getting used to. At least six months of transition. After which you work out that the secret is never to have three kids together, too often.

Can Working Mothers Have It All?

Natasha Batsford | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

When I started work after having my second, I remember sitting in the shower room expressing for her and in my more melodramatic moments looking down and thinking that it was almost as if my breasts were crying milk for her.

Dear Mum Who's Had a Hard Day

Kerry Gibb | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

I felt like you had the weight of the world on your shoulders and I just wanted to tell you that everything would be ok but I could tell from the look in your eyes that you were stuck in a vicious circle from which you saw no escape.

Twenty Ways You Know You're a First Time Mum...

Jessica Brown | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

You've started to talk in code to your ‎partner when discussing dirty nappies. "A five-wiper or more?", "Curry or Marmite?". Never has the discussion of poop interested you so much.

Seven Things I Want My Seven Year Old Daughter to Know

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Cheryl Rickman

As a young girl there's plenty about the world that I don't want her to know about yet (as my scrambling for the remote to switch away from inappropriate TV reveals). Equally though, there's some wisdom and guidance she should know now, over half-way (wait, what?) through her pre-teen childhood. So here it is.

First Baby Versus Second Baby... What You REALLY Need to Know.

Helen Wallen | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Second time around things are different... Good different... bad different... sometimes 'I'm gonna have to stop breast-feeding right now because my toddler just took a shit in the middle of Costa' different... but definitely different.

The Alternative A to Z of Motherhood

Kate Chapman | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Chapman

U is for Unexplained marks - everywhere - on your windows, carpets, furniture, clothes you name it, if you've got kids in the house then no surface will remain unblemished as long as there are sticky fingers and runny noses about.

12 Signs You Are Staying In - Mum Style

Emma Conway | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

Your preparation for your weekend to begin? The sweet sound of the clasp of your bra being undone. And dropping to the floor. Hell it's only 6pm? But it's never too early to let them boobs hang free (and low).