Motherhood

It's Like Being Blinded By the Sun But Not Being Able to Feel its Heat

Stephanie Whittington | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Whittington

As a new mother, I embraced the chaos that a newborn could bring. I laughed at urine stained bedsheets. I smiled at 2am feeds. I rejoiced at staying in my pyjamas for two weeks in a bubble of bliss. I was a mummy and this tiny, innocent little being was everything I had ever wanted. I was in heaven. As the days went on however, it became harder to cope with daily life.

Mum Friends Make the World Go Round

Amy Ransom | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

They were still there. Of course. But they were busy. With life and older kids. As we all are. I really missed them. It was lonely not having mums around with babies the same age, that I could chat to and share our worries.

A Mobile App to Prevent Postnatal Depression?

Judy Bretschneider | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Judy Bretschneider

The changes to lifestyle, financial worries, constant sleep deprivation and the pressure of being responsible for a tiny, demanding little person often mean that parents - couples, single parents, mums and dads - can feel socially isolated.

My Version of 'Knocked Up'

Meagan Bickerstaff | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Parents
Meagan Bickerstaff

Almost a year ago today I found out I was pregnant. As you can tell from the title, my pregnancy was unplanned. VERY unplanned. I say 'very' with umph because in my heart of hearts I do not think I was ready...

The Five Biggest Time-Wasters in Parenting - And How to Zap Them Today

Tanith Carey | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents
Tanith Carey

The number of families who now need two wage-earners to keep up with the cost of living in the UK has hit a record high. We also have some of the longest working hours in Europe. But the truth is that when are overwhelmed and overworked, it can wear away at our parenting skills, despite our very best intentions.

Toddler Tantrums: Dealing With Early Onset Terrible Twos

Annie Ridout | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents
Annie Ridout

It's always a huge relief when a friend with a similar-aged child visits and the two of them tantrum together, as I realise that it's totally normal. It's their own, unique way of communicating with us. But it really does tire me out some days.

Young Mothers Face Intolerable Discrimination in the Workplace

Joeli Brearley | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Improving attitudes towards pregnant women and mothers will require a cultural and societal shift. We need to start valuing care as much as we value professional achievements. Both are equally crucial to a well functioning society.

Cancer Destroyed My Health and My Bank Balance

Devry Souayed | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Devry Souayed

New research from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the average British family cannot afford cancer. That was certainly true in my case. I had to make some impossible decisions simply just to keep a roof over our heads.

I'm A Dad, Not A Babysitter

Eddie Lewis | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

Seriously, how in the name of all that is holy does a father babysit their own child!? I bet no one has ever walked up to my wife and gone 'Eddie at work? Are you babysitting all day?'.

Why Maternity Leave Should Include 'Me' Time

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

Whilst no-one seems against the concept of a career sabbatical for non-parents that Foye suggested and more enlightened employers are offering widening flexi-options for staff, many appeared upset at the way she equated maternity leave to a time for self growth, fun or relaxation.

When Are You Going Back to Work?

Victoria Leith | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Victoria Leith

I got asked this question quite soon after the birth of both our babies. Like raising a tiny human is not work? Like somehow, every bit of work I did up until the point of giving birth was valid and worthwhile and now this is... well, what exactly is it?

Confessions of a 'Lax' Parent: The Only Private Lessons My Kids Have Are Swimming Classes

Andrea Catherwood | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Andrea Catherwood

A straight talking Chinese ex-colleague of mine and self-confessed 'tiger mum' wasn't entirely joking when she called me 'lax' for admitting the only private lessons my seven and eight year olds had were swimming classes. She thinks success of Chinese kids in England is simple, 'My kids just work harder than yours' she says with characteristic honesty.

They Call It Puppy Love...

Kathryn Berens | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

Lottie has been with us now for 5 days. Perhaps I am slightly delirious from lack of sleep but I have fallen for her very heavily indeed much to the delight of my family. That's quite fortunate really as I'm discovering that puppies are not a walk in the park (excuse the extremely weak pun, I plead exhaustion).

Mothering the Mother: New Mothers Need a Focused Period of Rest and Recovery

Heng Ou | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Heng Ou

During pregnancy a woman's body must go through a stunning transformation. Her blood volume will nearly double to support the growing foetus, her organs will be pushed to the side by an expanding uterus, her breasts will swell in preparation for lactation and her hormones will rise and dip exponentially.

Marriage After Children: The Real Life Tale

Gemma Devaney | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

I blame Disney, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey for my warped vision of perfect relationships after kids. Those books and movies filled me with an unrealistic view of relationships. Like how Mr Disney made me believe I needed to grow up to find my Prince Charming in order to live happily ever after.

First Birthday Party - A Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

With Princess Charlotte approaching her first birthday the world's media spotlight will be focused on how the palace decide to celebrate her birthday. No doubt Kate will have an army of party planners to help her create a stylish and stress free event but for the rest of us the idea of planning a first birthday party can be daunting.

A Letter to My Mummy From Your Firstborn

Hayley McLean | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley McLean

I know that most of all Mummy, you feel so guilty about me having to wait for things sometimes...when you have to ask me to wait a while for a snack because the baby needs feeding, when you have to ask me to wait until last to get out of the car because the baby needs to go first.

Death Threats for Opening a 'Breastfeeding' Cafe? You Have Got to Be Kidding

Amy Packham | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Packham

Purdie isn't receiving death threats because she's opening up a family friendly cafe, is she? Because with the tonnes of cafes with small play areas for kids (including Peter Andre's), I've never known any of them to get hit with criticism.

Just Let Them Eat the Mother F*****g Cake!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

Yes, we have to teach our Tiny Humans boundaries. Yes we have to teach them right from wrong. Yes we have to be their guides. And, yes sometimes we just have to let them eat the Mother f***G cake!

15 Unexpected Things You Find Yourself Doing in a Household of Young Boys

Steph Weller | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Steph Weller

You start to wonder why no-one has invented a self washing, drying and ironing robot that also happens to specialise in collecting Lego, putting the toilet seat down and convinces boys to put shoes on.

A Voice From the Dark: Why Talking Taboos Makes for a Better Society

Angela Brightwell | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Brightwell

It's important to share our stories if we can, especially those of us who find it easier to express ourselves through the written word than others may. In fact, it's our duty to do so, in the hope it might help others.

To the Mother I Thought I Would Become

Michelle Myers | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Myers

My son is taking me on a journey I never expected to be taking, and to be honest at first I was a little unsure of how to react. But now, well I wouldn't change him for the world. Instead my world has changed because of him. Work, home, family I mean he teaches me what's truly important.

Don't Be a 'Ten Wipe Trevor'

Eddie Lewis | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

Where does the female half of the species learn this unprecedented skill? Was there an open day or meeting I missed where there were a dozen prosthetic backsides all laid out in a row and covered with Nutella. I like to imagine a stern lady barking out wiping orders to an ensemble of new mothers all learning the skill that us Dad's envy.

How Old Is Too Old to Become a Mum?

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

If you don't want to be a Mum that's great. I hate all the patronising crap that says you have to have a child in order to be a real woman. Scratch that. I don't like the way every interview, with a famous woman, has to mention whether she has kids or not (and assume there's a secret heartbreak if she hasn't). But the key thing is CHOICE.

Mum On Maternity, Paid to Parent?

Clare Littler | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Littler

Is it so wrong that I want to socialise and have some time to myself in the day? That a long prayed for nap may give me half an hour to watch a bit of mindless TV. I wouldn't get that luxury at work?