Motherhood

Pink Rethink

Hannah Greaves | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

The problem with pink is not the colour itself, it is the narrow focus of what you as a young girl are told you can or can't like, what you should like because it has this one colour painted all over it. Pink was never on the Harry Potter lego I loved. There is so much more to a girl and to being the girl than this one colour appears to say.

Funny S**t New Mums Do

Amy Ransom | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

The other day I found a diary that I barely remember writing. It's full of entries to my first-born documenting our first year together. It's going to be serialised. Oh, hang on a minute, no it's not... because it's the DULLEST READ EVER. Full of crazy s**t I did and how much I loved her.

If You're Happy And You Know It

Lorna Hayward | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

I know I've said it before, nevertheless, I think it's always beneficial to recap. I set sail on my blog voyage as a cathartic way to liberate some head space -to get it all out there (lord help me, and perhaps you) and indulge my ramblings. But possibly, more often than not, offload and sometimes have a good moan.

To The Playground Mum Who Asked If I'll Have More Kids: Please Don't

Ursula Tavender | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ursula Tavender

When you meet someone and it becomes obvious it's starting to get serious, the relentless quizzing begins: "Are you going to put a ring on her finger, then?" The engagement announcement goes out and everyone wants to know urgently when the wedding is going to be. On the wedding day the question shifts to when the first child is going to make an appearance.

Seven Life Lessons To Teach Your Children

Jodie Andrews | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

Be grateful for what you have. Yes, it's only natural to want more from life, but consider the basics. You are happy and healthy, you have a roof over your head, food on your plate and you are surrounded by love. Not everyone is quite as lucky. Find the joy in little things.

Obsessive Compulsive Parenting

Lucy Fisk | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Fisk

I am a mother to two boys aged five and six, I have always been told by other parents, family and people around me that boys are the easier sex to raise and that they give you far less worry than girls. I cannot say whether that is true as I will never be able to test the theory. However, I am genuinely concerned that I am totally mucking up something which is meant to be quite simple.

Ten Unexpected Highs Of Motherhood

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I knew I'd love my children long before we met, but I didn't expect to regard my own body with such newfound tenderness, for its absolute incredible baby-growing, baby-birthing, baby-feeding skills. Every wobbly bit is proof that the most amazing miracle actually did happen. Twice.

Essential New Year Resolutions Every Mum Should Make

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

The mums I know have so much they want to accomplish in 2017 - firm up, lose weight, see more friends, take toddler to more classes, do more creative play, spend more quality time together as a family, write a book, start a blog - up their instagram game... t

Does An Anxious Parent Make An Anxious Child?

Jodie Andrews | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

She's daring and not afraid to speak out to anyone that will listen. I love this quality of hers, it inspires me to overcome my anxiety and push it as far to the back of my mind as I possibly can. There are a few things we can all do to try and not let our anxiety rub off onto our children...

There's No Truer Love Than A Mother - Daughter Love

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

If Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher have shown us anything (and they have both shown us so much during their lives) it's that true love exists in the everyday of life. It doesn't have to be a big, Romeo and Juliet style affair. It is in the simple love between a parent and their child. 

The Uncanny Similarities Between Marathon Running And Childbirth

Aisling Gray | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Like marathon training, though, pregnancy ultimately reaps the rewards but it can be a long slog, which often requires gritted teeth and a quiet determination to push through.

Confessions Of A Frumpy Mum

Laura Rutherford | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I'm tired of being like this though and I'm determined to change. Even though I fully admit I am currently guiltily eating my way through Christmas all the way to New Year. I wish I could say its making me feel better. The reality is it's not. I am just greedy. And adding some extra pounds/rolls to my collection.

Three Person Babies: Who Do We Recognise As Parents And Why?

Lisa Webley | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Webley

English law provides that the person who gives birth to the child is automatically the legal mother, and the man who undergoes fertility treatment with that woman is the legal father regardless of whether it was his sperm that was used to create the child.

Keeping The Dream Alive

Lorna Hayward | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

And yet, here I am - genuinely excited at the prospect of riding a bike (most likely with a friggin trailer attached) around a hilly forest and dining in restaurants with connected soft play areas - for four whole days.

Why Must I Choose Between Cats Or Babies?

Charlotte Barnes | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Barnes

Once you step back and look again, it becomes quite clear that the cats vs babies 'war' is just a smokescreen for the older 'women who choose to have children' versus 'women who choose not to have children' divide.

Mumcation!

Lorna Hayward | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

A couple of months ago I had my first break away on my own since having the girls. As in - no husband, no offspring. Just me and my best mate Jo (lovingly referred to as my "Wifey") and a gaggle of splendid women.

A Mother's Advent Calendar

Helen Bryce | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

I then realised that I could be doing a bit more of this myself, after all the way we teach our children is through the examples we set. With everything happening in the world currently it feels like a good way to channel some positive energy and actually do some good.

Great Expectations Of Being A New Parent

Helen Miller | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

For most of us, we change as people when we become parents. On the whole we grow and become better people. However in the transition period, that change in who we are, our identity, can cause great confusion. Once a confident and independent adult, you begin to question your abilities. Failing it appears, is not an option.

Surviving Playgroups

Vicki Coombe | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

They are also pretty intimidating at first though; walking into a room of strangers, fears of cliques and the fact you are transported back to an irrational school child fear that no one will like you

Wanna Be In My Gang?

Lorna Hayward | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Physically I was able to try and pull on those times of rest, but my mind (as will be the story of my bloody life and no doubt this blog) kept overflowing with endless lists of what once again, I should and could be doing with my 'free time' (LOL)

Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - The Myth Of The Ideal Mother

Anne Marshall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Here's some transparency. I have four children which means that my hair is falling out. However, people often tell me I seem calm. I'm not calm, I'm bored. Gravy adverts make me feel terrible, all those lovely Mums cooking delicious pies for tea, with children that will actually eat a pie and gravy.

Juggling: Musician, Mum And Me

YolanDa Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
YolanDa Brown

I am a Musician, a Wife, a Mum an artist, writer, presenter, racing driver, educator, daughter, sister and friend. Pausing to think of these titles that make up Yolanda Brown gave me a strange feeling... was it stress, anxiety? How do I do it? Am I ok doing it?

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.

"Some People Would Give Anything To Be Pregnant"

Maddy Matthews | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

This probably seems more like a rant than a reasonable, balanced blog post. I've tried to keep it from becoming a stream of consciousness, but it's hard when you're angry. Three years ago, having people tell me how lucky I am was probably the least useful piece of advice I ever received.

Five Reasons Why Having A September-Born Four Year Old Rocks

Annette Demetriou | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents
Annette Demetriou

For years everyone has crooned about how lucky we were to have a September-born child. Statistics supposedly show that a September-born is more likely to succeed and be top of the class in school. Yay I thought, until this year.