Pregnancy Advice to Ignore - The Eleven Bits of Bulls**t to Ignore When Pregnant!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For any first time mum to be, currently being subjected to hours of unwanted advice and comments on how they should be handling their pregnancy, what they should or should not be doing and what type of mum they should be aiming to be, here is a list for you to pin up in your consciousness to remind you that when it comes to parenting no one is a God damn expert.

Memories of My Mother

Caroline Keetch | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Thirteen years ago today my mum died. It all feels like a lifetime ago, and actually I can't really remember what life looked and felt like with her in it. I wish I had been given the chance to get to know her, to appreciate her and, of course, I would do anything to thank her for all the things I can now see she did for me and my sister, and all the little ways in which she showed us that she loved us.

This Is Motherhood

Kiran Chug | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Sometimes it feels like the cracks are growing across the surface of our lives, creeping slowly into the foundations and threatening to force a crumbling. Sometimes it feels like I don't have a firm hold on all the pieces and if I stop concentrating, they'll fall apart. Sometimes I feel like I don't want to wear the smile anymore.

The Thin Blue Line: Fears and Other Feelings About Falling Pregnant

Rebecca Laura Cracknell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Laura Cracknell

Becoming a mother is something every woman must imagine at some time. Like it or not our bodies are designed to give us that monthly reminder of what might be and, as a result, we each must face our own personal perspective on what we might bring to the role.

How to Be a Useful Woman

Adele Barlow | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

If you're an entrepreneur, you're a hunter: you're looking to grow your resources to bring back to the cave and there's something fundamentally masculine about that. Meanwhile, females are socially conditioned to focus on nesting - on making the cave look pretty and taking care of the children.

Dolphin, Tiger or Helicopter? Why It's Time to Stop Labelling Parents

Kiran Chug | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's a new type of mum in the playground, and she's the answer to our parenting problems. It's time, you see, for helicopter mums to hover away, for tiger mums to shove over, and for earth mothers to take a few deep breaths and follow this new example. It's the lead of the dolphin parent.

Can You Ever Be as Good at Your Job After Having Children?

Holly Wainwright | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Wainwright

One of the most challenging things about parenthood is learning to accept change. Accepting the fact once the baby cyclone dust settles, nothing looks like it did before. Not your body, not your relationship, not your friendships. Or your work.

On Tiger Mothering

Kim Davies | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

A glance at my calendar today gave rise to a startling revelation. This time next week my eldest daughter will have her first exam. The would-be tiger mother in me is pacing frantically in its cage, searching for a way out.

When a Pap Smear Comes Calling...

Kim Davies | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Today I was subjected to a totally unexpected and, dare I say it, unsolicited pap smear. It must have stalked me for weeks, lurking behind parked cars and street signs, all the time surreptitiously keeping me under surveillance, waiting to pounce when my defences (and knickers) were down...

A Letter to My Friend With Post Natal Depression

Kim Davies | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

My dear friend, you're going through a really rough patch, I can see it in your eyes. As a newly-minted Mum, you're still rocked to the core by the brutality of a difficult birth. You still feel like you are watching it over and over again as a third person, suspended from the ceiling in the delivery suite, no longer an active participant in the choices that may affect you for years.

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

A Letter to the Man in the Carpark

Kiran Chug | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

And as I negotiated peeling her vomit-soaked clothes off her, Jasmin clung to me. I balanced her on one hip while also trying to wipe down her car seat. It was already starting to smell. This was when you looked away. Maybe you were really busy and distracted, waiting for someone in the carpark outside the shops.

Thank you, Rik

Darryl Morris | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Darryl Morris

"You didn't know him. I hate this; when people get upset about somebody they didn't know", I didn't argue. I couldn't really hear what my friend was saying above the sound of my heart beating. I'd agree with him, usually. It's hard to understand how you could feel such grief for somebody you'd never known... and yet I did.

Mothers Who Have Abortions - The Last Taboo

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

As a mother myself, I feel very strongly that my children are part of me. To be able to absorb your babies back into your body rather than give birth to them in a place which is unsafe or where food and water is scarce would be the best option, if only it were possible in humans. So in that sense, isn't abortion the most maternal, selfless, protective act a mother can do?

The Motherhood Paradox

Kiran Chug | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

My heart ached with a sense of loss while my mind almost turned happy somersaults. My heart was heavy with the feeling that my baby was growing up, while my mind was not-so quietly delighted by the same prospect. This, I realised, was the motherhood paradox.

Is It Possible to Enjoy the 'Good' Days When You Have Post Natal Depression?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

You tentatively get out of bed and as you take each ritual step into the nursery you realise that your steps are a little lighter and the quick sand you feel yourself walking through most days is now more like a muddy puddle. Your head feels, dare you say it "clearer" and the morning routine not as daunting.

Born in the Wild: Exploitation or Empowerment?

Amy C | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy C

I think reality TV has been around long enough now that people are aware of the potential pitfalls of being on TV. In particular, the kind of women who want to give birth in the woods are more than likely to be strong-willed and resilient enough to make their own choices regarding being on TV.

Are You a "Motherist"?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

As a child of a working mum, I always wondered about mothers who stayed at home. I was a bit jealous when my friends were picked up from school but then, I thought, why aren't their mothers doing something proper? I was sure I would never end up something as boring as a stay at home mum.

When Do Girls Stop Playing Football?

Kiran Chug | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
Kiran Chug

We all have a role to play in doing this for our girls and boys. The media of course is key, but we cannot underestimate the roles of parents, teachers, sports coaches, advertisers and all of us as consumers. We must continue to tell our girls they can play any game they want. They can be anything they want. They can do anything they want.

What Happens When Three Generations Of Women Wear Exactly The Same Clothes?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For many of us, there's very little you can hide from your mother. They can read us like a book - a slight change in facial expression can speak a tho...

Woman Documents 12-Hour Birth On Twitter, Is Surprisingly Touching

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This week women giving birth in public seems to be all the rage - first we heard about the new TV series inviting us to watch women give birth in the...

Nine Ways NOT to Get Your Baby to Go to Sleep

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

My first baby did not like to sleep. My second baby does not like to sleep. The first time around we tried everything. The second time around we tried everything else. Turns out everything and everything else do not work on my babies...

Five Steps to Stop Worried Parent Syndrome

Malminder Gill | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Parenting and worry seem to go hand in hand. But what happens when your incessant worry results in arguments, discord and tension between you and your child? You obviously mean well, you care and love your child and want the best but your child does not see that, resulting in frustration, anger and guilt.

The Second Baby - Is Three a Crowd When It Comes to Baby Number Two?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

There, I've said it out loud and voiced it for the world to hear! How the hell will I be able to love another little person as much as my first little buddy? How is it possible that my heart will be big enough to love my 2nd baby as much as my 1st baby? And would it have been fairer to have just stuck to the one?

Three Things I Am Glad My Mother Never Taught Me

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

My mother never really wore make up when I was a child. She didn't spend hours in the morning putting her face on, straightening her hair or painting her nails. She never French plaited my hair, dressed me up in frilly clothes that I had to 'keep clean', threw me a mini-makeover party or bought me sparkly princess shoes.