Motherhood

Expectation V Reality. The First Week Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When you're pregnant people tell you that the love you will have for your child will be unconditional, but until you hold your baby in your arms you c...

Relief It's Over? The First Day Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

So, it's done. The long anticipated day has come and gone. I did it, I left my beautiful girl and went back to work. When I woke up this morning, I fe...

Mum Guilt: How I Never Saw It Coming And Steps To Combat It

Katty Patterson | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Katty Patterson

I'd never considered it before.  Never read an article or been part of a discussion that addressed it.  I knew I was going to be tired, emotional, busy.  I was told a hundred times how I'd be tied to my sofa, wouldn't read a book for the next five years and how this was the easy part.  Never a helpful sentiment.

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

Post Natal Anxiety - My Old Flame

Hayley Gardner | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Gardner

The cruelest trait of anxiety is its ability to creep up and blindside you whilst you're sitting eating your mugshot on a Tuesday afternoon. For me, anxiety started as that feeling of rocking on your chair a little too hard and tipping over the point of balance.

I Went On Strike At Home

Michelle Lowbridge | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Lowbridge

On a normal day I dropped the kids at school, came home, and did all the jobs waiting for me. By the time I sat down to do any work the day was half gone, I was fed up and frustrated and had lost my motivation for doing any work on my business.

Mums In The Frame: Are You Pictured In Your Children's Memories?

Rachel Rimell | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Rimell

There will be a day when I'm not around and I want my kids to be able to look back and see me in their family albums - whether they be in an album or digitally on whatever social media forum is around then.

10 Normal Thoughts After Giving Birth

Stacey Oakes | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events of anyone's life and although not everyone will experience the same feelings, these are common ones that I have experienced personally as well as friends and family.

One Week Countdown

Deb Bunn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

I got in quite a flap the other day, and to be honest I had to have a word with myself! You see, these feelings are primarily me feeling sad for myself. There is of course a significant feeling of worry about how baby M will take to me not being around after nine months of a 24/7 relationship, but I know really she'll be fine.

How Humour Helped Me Survive Sleep-Deprivation - And Why I Wrote A Book To Help Parents See The Funny Side

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

They say laughter is the best medicine but it was only when I became a mum that I realised just how true that is. Humour not only helped me survive the dark days but it helped me gain confidence as a mother and connect me with so many parents who were experiencing the same things as I was.

I'm A Mum. I Don't Have Time For Cancer

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

If cancer is cruel then waiting for those results was pure malevolence. But I'm a mum so life went on. I clicked into autopilot - dropping the kids off at school, running errands, supervising homework. I never once let on to my children that my life was hanging in the balance.

Mummy's Back At Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

In my line of work I deal with a fair amount of long term staff absence and pride myself on supporting colleagues back to work through phased returns and other appropriate flexible and supportive arrangements. I recall a colleague asking for a phased return from maternity a couple of years back.

Fears Of A New Mother

Jessica Smith | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

When I discovered that I was pregnant, I was completely over the moon - mainly because I had suffered an eating disorder for many years and although I never spoke about it with anyone, I always had a lingering fear that perhaps the damage I had done to my body internally would be irreversible. But thankfully I was able to fall pregnant naturally.

Do You Grieve For The Child You Never Want To Have?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I can't put myself or my children through that again.  Promising my little girl I'd be picking her up from school then disappearing in an ambulance and not seeing her for days at a time whilst she had no idea why or when I was coming home was too much.  She was devastated.  Putting my body through that has left a lasting impact to this day that genuinely makes us fear for my life.

How Your Working Schedule Changes When It Is Half-Term!

Emma Williamson | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

I've sectioned a typical day as an example, showing your 'normal' working schedule (we will call this day 'relief') and how it compares to the 'children' working schedule when it is the holiday period (I've called this day 'demand').

Living Far Away From Family When You Start A Family Of Your Own

Kylie Abreu | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

At that moment. I needed my mum. I needed someone that understood me and that I knew wouldn't judge me. Someone that would sweep in and help no questions asked and reassure me that I was not the worst mother on the planet. I needed my own family.

I'm Sorry, But I No Longer Feel Defiant

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Don't get me wrong, I am under no illusion that I can shield my babies from these monsters forever, their attacks are so random who knows what is around the corner. But at this very moment all I can think is that I must try, as best as I can, to avoid putting them in harm's way. And yes, for us, that does mean avoiding crowded places for a while.

Fearing For Our Children

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So many of us are now left with questions... A big one for me is what we can say to our children who fear to live on a planet where terrorism is now a daily occurrence and how do we raise them to not live in fear?

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

Since My Daughter Was Born, I Feel Both Older And Younger Than Ever

Quora | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

I was over 35 when I had my daughter. In medical terms, I was a "geriatric pregnancy." No joke. Nevertheless, I had an active and healthy pregnancy. I traveled a lot -- including to faraway places like Israel, where I found that a pregnant woman does float in the Dead Sea.

Do Me A Favour - Stop Judging Other Mums And Go And Say Thank You

Bev Ridyard | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Parents
Bev Ridyard

We all have our own parenting focuses and challenges crammed into the enormity of the things we need to do in our daily routines. Weaning, sleep deprivation, teething, the lot. Whether a single mum, mum to 6 kids, rich, poor, full time working mum or stay at home mum, it's largely the same for us all.

Squad Goals: Keeping The 'Womance' Alive

Sophia Walker | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

It's 6pm on a Friday and the weekend has begun. But I'm avoiding texts from my girlfriends who I'm supposed to be meeting for a drink. I'm still at home waiting for my husband to return so we can exchange our baby like a dodgy brown package, and I can have my night out.

Birthday Party Blues: Being The Mum With The Shy Child

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

Today the middle child had a birthday party. He sat in his car seat proudly clutching the present that he'd picked out for one of his best friends. As he is marginally more outgoing than his older brother, I had higher expectations than usual.

The Night My Daughter Called Out For Daddy, Not Me

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

It's the harshest of penalties, and I place the blame squarely on society's shoulders. More specifically, the default setting that generations upon generations of women have adhered to - the mother, the carer. There's no point chucking another 'e' at the middle of that word.

PND Mum Launches Global Movement To Empower Other Mums

Olivia Siegl | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

When I was preparing to become a new mum I was totally "prepared". I'd read all the baby books, blogs and magazines, researched all the "must have" accessories and I knew exactly what I should be eating and the exercise I should be doing to keep myself physically fit and healthy.