Motherhood

What's the Opposite of Earth Mother?

Suzanne Peters | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Peters

I don't remember much about the classes except I have hazy memories of very graphic birth flash cards, featuring very ugly, hairy-vagina'd mothers-to-be, often with baby heads crowning out of them. It was the stuff of nightmares.

Motherhood - The Things I Couldn't Have Known

Kiran Chug | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I never imagined what it felt like to run on empty for days on end. I never knew my mouth would become full of ulcers because my body hadn't felt proper rest in weeks. I never knew the fatigue I'd feel as a breastfeeding, working mother of two under two.

Why Patricia Arquette's Motherhood Is a Small Victory for Feminism in Hollywood (Spoiler Alert)

Hanna Gunnarsson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hanna Gunnarsson

Arquette confirms my fear of becoming a mother. A fear that has led to my non-normative decision in not having children; a decision that is constantly contested by society, my mother every time we Skype, and none the least by myself.

Pinkification: Am I a Failed Feminist?

Helen Redding | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Redding

Did I do wrong? I don't think so. Am I betraying my feminist tendencies? Possibly. It's highly unlikely that our afternoon will leave her wanting to be a glamour model rather than a rocket scientist. I doubt that she will be left thinking looks are singularly more important than anything else.

#Brelfies: Are Breastfeeding Selfies A Celebration Or Parading Our Kids?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

#Brelfies are taking social media by storm after a young mother was banned from a Facebook group for posting a picture of her breastfeeding son. Ka...

The One Where I'm Absolutely Not a Yummy Mummy

Lisa Edwards | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

Last night, getting off the tube, I was accused by a group of drunk, loud-mouthed, relatively posh boys of being a 'yummy mummy'. I had heard them shout, "Welcome to middle England!" as the train pulled into the station, followed by, "I bet she's married to an advertising executive!" (wtf?)

Dads React To Wearing Empathy Pregnancy Bellies: 'It's Like Taking Part In A Rugby Match'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's the thought that's probably crossed every pregnant woman's mind at least once. But when it comes to swelling breasts, disrupted sleep, back ac...

Woman Makes Placenta Smoothie, Puts Us Off Juicing For Life

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new mother has opted to repurpose her placenta by blending it into some kind of Sweeney-Todd-inspired smoothie. Kati, who starred in last night's...

The Best Piece of Parenting Advice I Was Never Given

Michaela Horan | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

Sure there's a ton of advice about naughty steps, and controlled crying, and potty training, and teaching phonics. But less about the need to "breathe through" the more unmanageable aspects of parenting, which are often messy, noisy, relentless, chaotic, and/or publicly shaming.

How to Have Sex When You Have Babies

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

You and your partner agree to have an 'early' night. Search the underwear drawer for something other than pyjamas. Options are; nighties (baggy tee shirts), comfortable knickers, two old maternity bras, three used breast pads or a random thong that must have escaped the Great Thong Purge of 2010.

Trying to Be the Perfect Mum? Stop Bullshitting Yourself!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I have been telling myself for WAY too long now that I need to be performing at 100% on all these cylinders to feel happy and fulfilled. I need to be good, no "GGGRRRREAT!" at all of them to feel validated and this will in turn mean I am a good mum, a sexy wife and a shit hot entrepreneur.

For Lent: A Letter to My Love.

Polly Walker | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Things just aren't working out for me anymore. Our relationship has shifted. I've become too dependent on you and I think you know it. Please - forgive me, it's not you, it's me. But I do think you've changed. You used to be sweet, you used to be strong.

They Live Among Us....

Polly Walker | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

It has recently become apparent to me that little sorcerers have infiltrated the Walker Camp. Disguised as our offspring too, would you believe! I am in increasing awe - or is it fear?! - of their ability to apply mastery and cunning in a plethora of situations.

This Is What Happens When You Let A Toddler Pick Your Clothes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Actress, writer and fashion blogger Summer Bellessa is one stylish lady. A photo posted by Summer Bellessa (@summerbellessa) on Jan 28, 2015 at 1...

Why My Mother's Death Made Me Write a Book on Parenting Girls

Judy Reith | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

When my mum died after a long fight with Alzheimer's, grief threw me an opportunity to consider her legacy to me, and my three daughters. A friend said to me, "We all leave our shadow behind". So what is my mum's shadow? What will mine be to my darling daughters so they have what they need to thrive in the modern world?

Rachel Moss

This Is What It's Like To Be A Pregnant Ballet Dancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Pregnant women are usually encouraged to take things easy and enjoy "eating for two" by well-meaning friends and family. But for ballet dancers, pu...

The Lessons I've Learned From My Malawian Mother

Alice Pulford | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Pulford

For the last six years I have worked in the beautiful country of Malawi but this is the first time I'm taking a moment to really try and understand the experience and once again the people of Malawi have enlightened me, educated me. Their strength, their unity and compassion is utterly breath-taking.

Nine Stupid Things People Say to New Moms

Jo Eden | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Eden

I've just been thinking about some ridiculous sayings people say to you when you become a Mom. I didn't realise how stupid some of these sayings were until I've stopped to think about them. Comment and add your own if you can think of any that I've missed.

"I DON'T Want to Go Back to Work and I DON'T Care Who Knows!"

Olivia Siegl | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I guess what myself and my mummy tantrum are trying to say is that rather than being strong and brave through it all, wouldn't it sometimes be a refreshing relief to admit how hard all parenting decisions are and how we bloody dread having to make them?

From a Mother to Another

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

We all know how quickly little ones grow and often there is plenty of life left in their outgrown clothes. The figures are staggering: parents spend on average, £11,000 on clothing per child as they grow, with a third of clothing in the UK ending up in landfill. Having built JoJo on a "waste not, want not" ethos, we knew something had to be done.

The Seven Stages of Toddler Tantrums

Jess Paterson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

Maternal amnesia is a wonderful thing. I'd forgotten all about tantrums. Even convinced myself that my first two children had sailed peacefully through their twos. Until this morning, when my third baby had his first proper tantrum. And it all came flooding back.

14 Things No One Tells You Before You Meet Your Baby

Anna Tyzack | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tyzack

You will have been warned about the sleep deprivation and have stocked your freezer full of food in preparation for the big arrival. But some things are left for you to discover on your own, after your've given birth.

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

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.