Five Reasons To Love Being A Younger Mother

Hannah Greaves | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

I'm writing this in response to a previous article on the benefits of being an older mum to highlight the differences and similarities between older and younger mums. We both face a certain type of stigma for many different reasons, but the fact remains that there is no right age to become a parent

Women And The Motherhood Complex

Jennie Watkin | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennie Watkin

Now, I wish to take a step back for a moment. You may be thinking it is strange for me to say 'mothers from day one', but it is true. If you look at the toys advertised for girls even today - what do we have? Garish amounts of playthings that are designed to ingrain a want in young girls to be perfect little wives and moulded into aspiring little mummies when they grow up.

Why Mindfulness And Motherhood Don't Mix

Katherine Lowe | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

I think the only time I am truly 'in the moment' these days is when I'm in the great outdoors at the weekend or on holiday. If the sun is shining and we're not in a rush, if there are beaches, fields or woods to explore, then something magical always seems happen.

Attack Of The Mama Guilts

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

Before I became a mother, guilt was more of a side-player in my life; only really making a grand appearance over something major like an argument with a friend. Now guilt is pretty much my side-kick; guilt and a giant cup of coffee. And guilt is such a pointless, negative emotion most of the time

When Baby Is Ill And Mummy Feels Guilty

Deb Bunn | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

As soon as I'd had baby M, I was surprised by the number of women that made comments along the lines of 'let the guilt begin!', as I began talking about my return to work, there was more of the same, and those women were absolutely right.

How The Myth Of The 'Good Baby' Is Damaging Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Being a new parent can be one of the biggest, scariest responsibilities you will ever take on. Growing a whole new tiny person and keeping them alive can be anxiety inducing even for the most laid back. Am I holding them ok? Why are they crying? Am I doing any of this right?

12 Signs You Are Being A Dick On The Internet

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

The Internet is great for parents. Not only can you find information on ALL THE STUFF, there are an abundance of chat forums, Facebook groups and websites where you might just find your 'virtual village'. However, there are a few people who just have to ruin it for everyone...

Katherine Jenkins And Giovanna Fletcher Talk Motherhood

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Katherine Jenkins and Giovanna Fletcher sit down to share their experiences as mothers in the first of a series of InSync Stories produced in conjunct...

Feminism Has Focused On The Boardroom But It Is Time To Remember The Birthing Room

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

I argue that maternity and maternal bodies have become a minefield within identity politics, feminism and public policy alike and that it is time for a movement of women to improve the position of mothers - from birth, to breastfeeding, to the right to provide maternal care and freedom from discrimination in our jobs or careers.

'What Are You Doing Today?'

Elizabeth McGregor | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth McGregor

It seems when the youngest started school people became awfully interested in her life. People that couldn't have cared less how she passed her time at home with small people in tow suddenly want to know. But do they really? Do they really want to know why she's still at home? What she does all day?

You Can't Embarrass Me Because I'm A Mum

Jayne Armishaw-Bagnall | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jayne Armishaw-Bagnall

I have come to realise that since I have jumped into the fabulous world which is motherhood, I no longer give a sh*t. By this I mean, I've become immune to that feeling of wanting to be swallowed up by a hole in the floor. I no longer gush with flushed cheeks at a quirky comment.

Angelina Jolie: Motherhood Over Marriage?

Rae Ritchie | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rae Ritchie

Within hours of yesterday's news that Angelia Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, media and public speculation was in overdrive. There were c...

Perfect Parenting Isn't Good Enough

Sarah Ramsden | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ramsden

What encompasses a good enough mother seems to be someone who tries again despite failure - just like all those inspirational memes that flood your Facebook feed every day. So, it sounds like Winnicott has basically described each and every parent that I know

The Pace Of Change

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Life changed again, deeply and irrevocably so, with the arrival of R's girls. They landed in Mombasa when the city was labouring under a simmering, sweltering heat. R's youngest daughter came running when she saw us. R held it together better than I did.

20 Things We Should Thank Our Mums For

Adrienne Titley | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Adrienne Titley

thriving families.jpg It's true (and completely normal) to think the world is against us whilst we're growing up but no matter how hard life may get for us, there's always one person who will remain our biggest fan. Mum. It doesn't matter how tall you grow or how old you get, she will always look at you with pride in her eyes and love in her heart.

Becoming Mum: Who Am I Again?

Bridget McGrath | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Bridget McGrath

A year on and little parts of me are creeping back in to say hello, but the truth is I'll never be quite the same again. Becoming a mum has changed and empowered me. Whilst I was initially filled with self-doubt, it has made me more confident in so many ways.

Step-Britain: A Mother's View on Refugees and Responsibilites

SJ Snelson | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
SJ Snelson

It is time to step up and be the step country these children need. I am talking about those 95,000 unaccompanied child refugees, 10,000 of which are...


Meagan Jukes | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Meagan Jukes

The beautiful belly that rolls over your jeans is beautiful. The gorgeous scar tissue that has stretched in order for your perfect yet unperfect child to be alive. To be breathing. To be laughing. Is beautiful. The slightly droopy eye that you try to cover with eyeliner is beautiful.

Never Alone But Often Lonely

Aimee Foster | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Making friends as an adult is hard, especially when you don't see the same people every day. Once I found them, my mum friends became a lifeline to me. I was so much happier with these incredible women in my life to share every stage of my motherhood journey with.

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...