Motherhood

To The Baby I Will Never Have

Catherine Jones | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Jones

I can't wait to get to know you, my hopes say. I can't wait to see your little legs kicking - I can't wait to try and decipher the messages your eyes are sending me. I feel your fingers tightening around my own - don't worry - I am here. I am always here. Just be patient.

The Long Kiss... Hello

Anya Hayes | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Anya Hayes

But simultaneously, I'm clinging on to his love of it and his need for closeness to my bosom, because I know once I let it go then...well, it's gone. It's easy to become marooned in a habit of mourning and lost goodbyes, without properly greeting and welcoming new phases in life.

When You Have A Fearless Child

Vicki Psarias | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

His zest for life, contagious laughter and sharp mind amazes most people. He's such a character, who loves the camera and performing, and I don't want to stifle him in my bid to keep him safe, but that's my priority as it is with my eldest. It's a delicate balance of making him feel free whilst standing a safe distance from him to catch him when in this case, he inevitably falls.

Why Is A Support Network For Bottle-Feeding Perceived As Anti-Breastfeeding?

Holly Leppard | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

We are by no means anti-breastfeeding or being discriminatory by not featuring breastfeeding pictures in our campaign; we are just acutely aware of how these can affect some people who seek out our network. Our movement and support is for bottle-feeders, there is nothing for breastfeeders to feel offended about.

When Is It Okay To Comment On Other People's Parenting?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I don't know about you, but since I became pregnant with my first daughter I have had other people pass comment on my mothering skills.  Whether it was doing too much or too little exercise whilst pregnant, or how I manage my child's tantrums now she's here, everyone has an opinion.

What To Expect When You're Expecting Adopting

Ali Russell | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

In the last part of the adoption process, before we were officially matched, everything seemed to hang in the balance because nothing was official until the matching panel, where (very knowledgeable and kind) strangers would decided if we were the right match for the children we'd never met but had all ready fallen in love with.

I'll Always Take My Children Away During Term Time

Jodie Andrews | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

There's been a lot of debate recently around being able to take your children out of school and on holiday during term time. Now, I'm a huge believer in that travel has so many more benefits (in some ways) than school has.

A Year Ago I Almost Died

J.J. Barnes | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

A year ago today I was eighteen weeks pregnant and I had contracted swine flu, though at the time nobody knew that.  My mother-in-law came round and found me lying on the sofa in agony, throwing up, and feeling faint.  She was frightened for me and phoned my dad.

Shocking Stats Reveal That Nine Out Of Ten Mums Feel Pressure To Be 'Perfect'. Who Is To Blame For This?

Jessica Ellis | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Ellis

Society piles on the pressure for mums to strive to be what we deem as the 'perfect' mum. Could certain images which are shared across social media, celeb magazines and ad campaigns be adding to this pressure and doing more harm than good?

How I Became A Frumpy Mummy Without Even Realising It!

Kylie Abreu | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

As mothers it is our instinct to nurture our babies and those around us. But one thing we are guilty of, and I know it is not just me, we forget to nurture ourselves. It may feel like it is not that important to skip these little times for yourself because you have so many things to do.

17 Things You Need To Do To Nail A Wedding With A Baby

Andy Johnson-Creek | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Andy Johnson-Creek

Weddings. With a tiny baby. What could be worse?! Well, yes - we've all seen and heard the horror stories. But it doesn't have to be that way with some preparation and life hacks!

How (Not) To Tell Your Child Their Beloved Pet Has Died

Ali Russell | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Let's just take a moment to remember Honey Bunny. She was a gentle little rabbit with a spring in her step. And even though she ate her own poo (very common in rabbits apparently), we loved her very much.

Why Mothers Should Breastfeed Openly In Public

Jean Gasho | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jean Gasho

I do not care that breastfeeding openly in public is like taboo in the UK. I am a proud mother and I intend to enjoy all the blessings that comes with motherhood. There is nothing sacred or private about breastfeeding. It's simply called being a mother.

Confessions Of A Rubbish Friend

Stephanie Kirsch | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Stephanie Kirsch

I want to tell you that I often see things that make me think of you. And every time I think of you I smile. I want you to know that I love you. I'm always here if you need me. You're always welcome in my home for a hug and a cup of lukewarm tea.

Social Media Isn't Always A True Reflection of Life - Why Do We Have To Be So Controversial

Bev Ridyard | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bev Ridyard

So here's to the next 1,180 days. I've come too far to let the side down now. Whatever stage of parenthood you are at, it's never too late to up your game. And I know your kids will thank you...

To The Mummies Returning To Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

The days will come and they will go, some days will be tough. When baby is ill, when your friends that are still on maternity meet up without you, you will feel a sense of loss, but most days will just come and go.

There's Always Something To Make Us Feel Like Inadequate Mothers And This Needs To Stop

Jessica Ellis | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Ellis

So my 'find new mum friends' mission commenced. I went to various playgroups but they were full of mums who had met at antenatal classes, and trying to 'get in' with them was more difficult than collapsing a travel cot. Was I not good enough?

My Mother's Life Is The Best Sermon I Have Seen, And The Only One I Remember Everyday

Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke

As I turn 32 this Mother's Day I have come to the realise the impact and power of my mother in my life and how her actions influence and inspire me on a daily basis. It is not the words she has spoken but what she did and how she lives her life that I remember and draw strength from.

Mother's Day: Remembering Our Mothers, Remembering Ourselves

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The least we could do for the women who reproduce the human race and nurture children in their vulnerability is to ensure that they are not hung out to dry alongside the muslins and babygros. We could recognise our interdependence and see that having children is not a lifestyle choice up there with keeping puppies.

Mother's Day With A Chronic Illness

Katy Mann | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

We went out for lunch on Sunday as an early Mother's Day treat and I almost face planted my lunch. A coat strategically placed on the table meant I could have a nap while eating. There's no choosing when I sleep, it's when my body allows me to stay awake. My social skills aren't great though!

My Mum Story - 1,180 'Ordinary And Everyday' Photos By Mother's Day

Bev Ridyard | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bev Ridyard

On Thursday 2nd January 2014, when we had our twelve week scan for our first baby, I decided to take a photo every day. That's right. Every day. This new, wonderful chapter that I had dreamed of was about to happen and I was not going to let it pass me by. I'm not a massive fan of getting in photos but I knew that if I didn't do this, I couldn't turn the clock back.

The Truth About Being A Mum

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

Part of me wanted to write a letter to my own mum, thanking her for being such a wonderful, strong role model. The other part of me wanted to write about the harsh realities that being a mum entails.

Their Stepmum Is More Exciting Than You And You HAVE To Accept That

Alice Wilde | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

New family. It's not what you lay in bed dreaming of when you were small and imaging how your life might be as a grown up. You don't ever really want to end up sharing your own children's weekends with another woman (or man) only linked to you by virtue of the fact that your former love has ceased to be yours and is now theirs.  But that is how it is now.

Anorexia To Womanhood

Tina McGuff | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Unbeknown to me at the time my anorexia was trying to regress me back to a time where I was carefree and cared for - not having to face harsh realities of life like my parents' catastrophic divorce or becoming a young lady.

Mother's Day Without A Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

Deleting the day from my calendar and staying in bed is appealing, but it isn't real life. I am finally at a point now that I can face these days with at least some kind of composure. Processing the grief of losing my babies and accepting that we would not have children has been a slow and heart-breaking process.