Motherhood

The Rise Of Imperfect Motherhood

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

To me (in the words of Winnicot) it's about being a 'good enough' parent and recognising that it's ok not to get it right all of the time. In fact, not only is it ok not to be perfect, it will actually give your child benefits in their journey through life.

Blood Donors Gave Me The Chance To Be A Mum

Charlotte Wise | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I had slumped down in a chair and was unaware of the commotion, as a swarm of doctors and midwives surrounded me and hoisted me up onto a bed. A short time later, I opened my eyes to find myself breathing through an oxygen mask and shaking uncontrollably. All I could hear repeatedly were the words, 'We need blood!'

Hello, I Am A Digital Immigrant

Danielle Wood | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Wood

I genuinely think the world was a softer place where there was less threat of a child catching a glimpse of breaking news that would scar their growing brain cells. Of course Maggie Thatcher must have made a damning speech in parliament and the Berlin Wall came down within my news era, but I was never subjected to it with the same brutality that a child could be today.

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Why Does Harper, Four, Still Use A Dummy?

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Kennedy

All of these snap judgements, these microaggressions, can add to the fear that can often surround motherhood. I lost hours of my life second guessing what people were thinking of me, what I was doing, whether I was doing a good job. Really, all that mattered was whether I was putting Fin first, doing the best job I could do, and being me.

Friendships That Last The Test of time

Susie Hawes | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Hawes

It was lovely to see everyone, but I came away from it feeling sort of sad. We only had a couple of hours together. There were four couples and six kids between us. The amount of one on one chat time I got with my friends wasn't long enough.

Snowflakes Unite!

Holly Matthews | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Holly Matthews

I am well aware I am going to be called a lefty, liberal snowflake and be sent tweets about how Isis will bomb my family (and yes, I have had that tweeted to me before!) but it starts with us connecting as human beings and doing what's right.

Adele's Right... Why Doing What You Love When You're A Mum Helps You 'Come Back To Yourself'

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

When munchkin was about 14 months old, I began going to yoga classes while my husband watched the baby, and it was such a relief to do something just for me. And yes, I could almost hear the strains of Adele singing.... "HELLOOOO" in my mind as I did my downward dog. Yes, Hello, I was back.

The Woman Who Thought She Could Manage Her Children In The Supermarket

Lucy Fisk | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Fisk

So this afternoon I made the classic mistake of thinking that I could just 'pop' into Tesco with the boys in tow. All I needed was milk and honey, surely as a woman in her thirties who has a mortgage, car finance, a job and many other responsibilities I could manage this?

An Open Letter To Theresa May: Please Put Our Children's Mental Health On Your Agenda

Reneé Davis | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Reneé Davis

Dear Prime Minister, I'm writing to you today as it's children's mental health week, and feels like an appropriate time to do so.

How We Survived Financial Crisis. Just

Clemmie Telford | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clemmie Telford

2016 was a shitty year. The universal reasons hardly need mentioning: politics going tits up. The loss of so many amazing creatives. And of course Bake Off. But for my family and I we also went through a proper deep dark financial crisis.

Welcome To The Motherland

Karen Hall | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Please don't imagine that my point of reference for motherhood is limited to floating around in a cloud of organic breastfeeding loveliness. In fact, I think that might be the core of the dilemma: this question of whether to use the word "mother" is just terribly reductionist, as though motherhood can be only one thing.

Why I Love my Child-Free Friends

Emma Johnson | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Johnson

I have to admit to hating the phrase 'mummy friends'. I didn't like it before I became a mummy and I don't like it now. It seems to conjure up a cliquey image of slightly soft, doughy women, with scraggly hair, sitting around drinking cold tea and talking about breastfeeding

Running Keeps Me Sane

Aisling Gray | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Post-kids, I need running in my life more than ever. My mind, overflowing with to do lists that never quite get done, would without doubt explode if I didn't have running to rely on to clear my constantly muddied head.

World Cancer Day: This Is Everyone's Battle

Matt Harper | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK
Matt Harper

It took a life-shattering event to happen to me before I really joined the battle against cancer. I can't expect people to crusade with me if I don't also raise their flags too. We will never succeed if we stand alone in our camps. We can only win if we unite.

The Only New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping...

Katherine Lowe | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

Lying in bed, listening to my husband cope just fine downstairs without me I suddenly realised how ridiculous I was being - if my kids had this many ailments I would have packed them off to the doctor's weeks ago (and been awake at night frantically Googling their symptoms...)

We Must Educate Our Children On Why We March

Helen Bryce | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

This got me thinking. Perhaps this sounds radical, but how much feminism do we teach in schools? How much support and guidance is given to teachers on managing unconscious bias and teaching gender equality?

My Struggle With Postpartum Health Anxiety

Kylie Abreu | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

So when the senior doctor came in and explained that the cyst was benign and was most likely caused by Endometriosis, he shone a light and made me see that I had a problem. My brief outburst had brought up feelings that I didn't realise I still had.

Why Parenting Changes Your Life

Jaki Jelley | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

I was never the maternal type. Growing up I was always the youngest and I never really had much to do with children younger than me and had never really given parenting in my future a second thought.

Why It's Okay For Mums To Ask For Help

Lauren Vaknine | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Vaknine

But hold on a second. What if I do need it?? What if by believing for so long that I am a coper and that I can 'just deal with' having a child who hasn't slept for 15 months, I've exhausted myself even more?

Dodging The Baby Shower

Stacey Oakes | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Okay so maybe the title is a little exaggerated to get your attention, I mean I like attending them, I would just never want one myself... totally backtracking so I still get invited for free cupcakes and Prosecco.

Maternal Instinct: Not What You Think It Is

Isabelle Lee | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Never in my life had I considered that I would be one of "those" mothers who don't get the maternal instinct. If I, who loved children from the moment of still being a child myself, couldn't develop it, what did this mean?

Confessions Of A Dyslexic Mother

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

I had subconsciously buried this teeny tiny fact once I had finished the gravy train of education. I sat my last exam at university, which I took in a separate room to my peers, just like I had taken all of my exams. We had extra time as well as a couple of helpful ladies ready and willing to assist us more needy students. This was the last time I really gave my dyslexia any thought.

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.