Motherhood

Are Female Leaders Assessed Differently?

Tobi Olujinmi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tobi Olujinmi

"Who runs the World - Girls?" Did Beyoncé predict this? Is this the answer to every gender equality prayer? The tide appears to be changing for women. Are we heading for a renaissance where women will no longer be required to address questions on womanhood prior to being assessed on merit? Perhaps, the type of women we are, speaks to the type of leaders we will be. The problem however, is the yardstick used to assess womanhood.

An Olympic Approach to Parenting

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

How many times have you sat down to watch the Olympic Games and thought 'I know exactly how that feels'? Not often right, but perhaps we as parents should. It struck me recently that parenting is actually not dissimilar to this sporting event, with numerous hurdles, sprints and relay's taking place all the time.

Put Your Judgement Where the Sun Don't Shine

Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents
Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin

I know when I'm being judged. And it stings. The judger only sees a snapshot of my parenting or my kids, or an interaction that is missing context. I am parenting 24/7 with 4 little ones running circles around me, all of them at different stages in their development with different demands, challenges, and different temperaments. I encounter many judge-worthy situations. Some smaller; some bigger. And I pick my battles wisely. Because you gotta.

How Full Is Your Cup Today?

Liz Lowe | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

Parenting from a full cup makes the job easier and more enjoyable, which of course makes us better at it. So you see, giving yourself a little TLC is most definitely not selfish - it's a winner for everyone. Hello? Is that the massage parlour?

Parent or Not, No Single Role Determines Our Value or Future

Karin Sieger | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

here is nothing wrong in having a preference for how we would like our life to be. But rigid single mindedness can lead to vulnerability, when life and those around us do not deliver. We may not have the necessary mental and emotional resilience and agility to bounce back and adjust accordingly. If we are less accepting of the value of others' difference, then we may find it hard, if others struggle with our own difference.

Ten Things Not to Say to a New Parent

Bridget McGrath | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Bridget McGrath

We've all been there. Utterly sleep deprived and walking around like a zombie fuelled on caffeine and cake. Well I'm not sure it's all of us really - I convinced myself I wasn't the only one to get through those months...

I Hit My Daughter

Gemma Devaney | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

I hit my daughter. I hit her on her face, on her mouth, in her stomach. Sometimes I even hit her on her bum. I hit her so hard sometimes she screams and tells me to stop... Now replace the word hit with kiss. It's not so horrifying now is it?

Don't Mention the 'M' Word

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Being a parent is no measure of intellectual acumen, emotional intelligence or strategic ability. Just as fatherhood isn't an acknowledged badge of ability in either the political or business world, to value women on the basis of whether they are or aren't a mother is to seriously undervalue them...

Mother Courage

Helen Keeler | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

While my mothering skills do not necessarily make me good at motherhood, I believe they mean I have exactly what it takes to be a great leader. Here are my credentials...

The Mother of the Fussy Eater

Hattie Harrison | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

Stock your cupboards with chocolate digestives and never, ever utter the words 'my kids will eat anything' again. The mother of the fussy eater may be in earshot and jigging the Humpmeister under her armpit whilst trying to force feed him some cauliflower mash.

Sunny Days Out With Baby - Our Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

Sometimes life is so busy with a small baby we forget to take the time to just stop and marvel at how amazingly beautiful they really are. Sunny days out are where special memories are made, they give us the chance to relax and relish this little person as they and we enjoy the sunshine - just don't forget the nappies and suncream!

Why Theresa May's Mummy Friends Are the Real Enemy

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

Andrea Leadsom thinks that being a Mummy will make her a better Prime Minister, than Theresa May, who is a non-Mummy Maybe. Or maybe someone a journ...

Emotional Baggage

Caragh Little | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.

The Thought Process of Finding Out You're Expecting Twins

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

When you've just found out that you're pregnant with twins the world goes silent for a few moments. It's like an explosion has just gone off in your brain as you deal with this new information. All you can see is the two blobs on the ultrasound screen. Your tongue won't move in your mouth and you can't hear what the sonographer is saying because that last word they uttered has literally blown your mind...

Surprising Things I Miss From My Twin Pregnancy

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

It's all down to looking after other people instead of looking after myself... and that brings me back to the subject of pregnancy. When your whole entire job is to look after yourself so you can nurture that little life (in my case lives) growing inside of you.

Mother Judgement - The Problem With Extreme Parenting Styles

Anne Marshall | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

At one time I thought that women could save the world. Now I know we can't. We're too busy judging each other. Sad, but true. It starts with hairstyles and clothes, before moving on to our figures and boyfriends, and then lands with a merciless thud on Motherhood.

OMG: I Am My Mum

Kelly Edwards | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents
Kelly Edwards

There's a moment in every woman's life where she realises that she's turning into her mother. Mine happened when I became a mum. I'm sure the baton was passed to me during childbirth while I was pumped up to the clouds on opiates. It may explain why I swore to the midwife when she refused me an epidural for the umpteenth time because it was "too late".

Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happy

Meagan Bickerstaff | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Meagan Bickerstaff

Research has found that humans lived a happier existence in past cultures. Back in the day, people who were respected and praised for being a good craftsman, a patriot, a saint, an upright citizen, etc were most happy.

Hey Mama, It's OK....

Vivienne Leith | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vivienne Leith

You've just had a baby. You are exhausted, bleeding, weeping and feeling like your fanjo may never be the same again. In your arms lies a small, pink and delicious babe that makes your heart burst with an indescribable mixture of love and utter terror.

Pulling the Trigger on PND

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

I am incredibly proud and relieved to tell you that not only did I complete my personal mission of putting these demons to bed I actually managed to light the touch paper underneath every single one of them and watch as they want up in smoke and disappeared forever. You see, what I have come to realise in all its beautiful glory is that my illness and this geographical place are two separate entities that exist independently of each other. It is just a place. I am no longer ill.

Six Appeals to Society From a Mother

Claire Copland | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Copland

As if breast vs bottle, career vs homelife or thin vs fat wasn't enough, it seems we can pit women against one another through motherhood vs childless/free too. Is this a media led friction or a genuine issue between women?!

The Day I Stopped Feeling Guilty and Everybody Won

Katie Gregory | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

This week, please, try it for yourself. Because if there's one thing I figured out last Friday, it's this: guilt doesn't change the end result one bit. It just makes the process of getting there a whole lot harder.

Finding Your Squad as a Second Time Parent

Gemma Capocci | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Capocci

Social media suddenly became awash with women celebrating other women whether it be their friends or other females they admired. Of course women should be bigging up other women (I am a big believer in this), but for all the lovely ladies out there feeling lonely who AREN'T included in these lists, these features can only serve to make them feel a little bit sad and their day a little bit sh*t.

Why Children Misbehave When a New Baby Arrives - and How to Help

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

If you find yourself in this situation you need to prioritise your toddler or preschooler over your newborn, because they are hurting. Really, really hurting. Their whole world has turned upside down and inside out and they are experiencing grief like never before.

Parent-In or Out? Brexit Time Is Here...

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

As a working mum, the things that important to me are the things that are also important to you. Free healthcare, good education, job prospects and opportunity for our children - the rich, and the poor.