Motherhood

Be Honest: Why Do You Really Hate Josie Cunningham?

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

From younger and younger we are setting women up to be targets of some form of abuse. If she is not beautiful she will be bullied: as Josie Cunningham experienced in advance of getting her notorious breast enlargement, and Jodie Marsh did before her nosejob. If she does not engage in sexual acts she will be pestered until she submits.

Is 12 Too Young to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Said parents have just had a baby girl. The mother is 12 and still in primary school (she was 11 when the baby was conceived and is five months younger than Britain's previous youngest mum). The father is 13. The couple are said to be 'totally in love' and have the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. So if 50 is too old to have a baby, is 12 too young?

Motherhood: Not the World's Toughest Job

Kiran Chug | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I'm a mother of two, and it's isn't hell. It's hard, yes; it's tough some days, yes, it's exhausting, often thankless, confusing, difficult, frustrating - it's all of these things. But it's not the toughest job in the world.

Hurry Up and Have a Baby

Claudia Spahr | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

It really pees me off how the goal orientated, youth-obsessed, time limited, high-pressured establishment is still dominating this intimate sphere of femininity. Our vaginas, ovaries and wombs are being controlled by a system based on linear thinking.

Stop TOUCHING Me

Jessica Shortall | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Sometimes I don't want them to touch me. Not, like, not EVER. But there are some times - a moment, a minute, an hour - when I really think I'll just take leave of my sanity if someone touches me. I think breastfeeding has a lot to do with this.

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Last week, health ministers revealed that the number of women giving birth over the age of 50 had more than doubled in the past five years. On average three babies are now being born to women in their 50s every week.

Mothers on Their Phones: A Defence

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

In internet forums, on news story comment boards, and of course on social media, there has been no holding back from those that have decided that Zara Phillips is a bad mother because she was concentrating on her phone while also feeding her baby.

Five Incredible Things That Motherhood Has Taught Me (That I Wish I Knew Before)

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

My family has always been filled with an extraordinary amount of love... but becoming a mummy helped me to see that LOVE is number one when it comes to impacting a life. Love is simply awesome. It is a safety net for the human soul.

Feeling the Fear of Public Speaking

Christina Robert | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Robert

I don't know how many of you have dabbled in self-help, but there is a niggling inconsistency to the general message of 'heal thyself' that has always thrown me. Is the pathway to fulfilment reached by following my bliss - or - by feeling the fear and doing it anyway?

10 Reasons To Be Grateful To Our Mums, According To Stock Photos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Comedy

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Make Her Day This Mother's Day

Kiran Chug | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Forget the flowers, forget the perfume. Forget the gifts she doesn't need, forget the chocolate she'd rather not eat. Instead, this Mother's Day, tell her she's a good mum.

Mother's Day Pamper at Home

Amanda Elias | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Firstly, go through all of your Mum's beauty products and see what you can use. If your Mum is like mine she'll have products bought as gifts that she just never gets around to using- just make sure they're still in date. Do this before Mother's Day to allow time to buy anything you need.

It Takes a Village to Breastfeed a Baby

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I'm ready to stop because I work full-time, which means I have to make time to pump breast milk during every single work day, and this is not easy. In the past year, I've been on a dozen business trips, which involve incredible planning and logistics to leave enough milk at home, and to pump and travel with dozens of ounces of milk.

We Wish Our Baby Pictures Looked Like This!

The Huffington Post UK Lifestyle | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When the baby pictures come out at that first cringe-worthy "meet the parents" evening most of us want to run a mile. But the children in these adorab...

The Mum Test: 10 Tell-Tale Signs You're Definitely a Mother

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Beckerman

This Sunday will be my second Mother's Day as a mum. Last year, with a five-month old who seemed to be under the impression that sleeping for more than 90 consecutive minutes (day or night) was overrated, I wasn't sure I was even human, let alone a mum.

Mother's Day 2014: 24 Beautiful Quotes About Being A Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You're thrown in at the deep end with no training and no manager to ask for help. It's a high pressure role that requires you to be on the ball 24 hou...

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

A Reminder of the 'Other Mothers' That Need Our Love This Weekend

Shannon Edwards | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

With all the kisses, lunches and love that comes of this Sunday, I'd suggest looking around you and seeing if there are mums who need our extra support. Here are a few you might want to give extra love to:

Expectant Mothers Should Think Quality, Not Quantity, When It Comes to Accessing Information Online

Dr Ann Hoskins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Ann Hoskins

Whilst the ability to access a wealth of information online should provide peace of mind for mums-to-be, the array of different sources available, all too often offering conflicting information, means that the internet may well be more of a hindrance than a help in this case, and bad advice is of particular concern when people are reading up on matters related to health.

Skin-deep Differences Don't Matter

Kiran Chug | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

With their Indian mother and white father, my children stand out at the gurdwara. They look different, and although they don't know it yet, I wonder what impact this will have on their lives. As I see them alongside little boys with turbans and young girls in traditional dress, I wonder when they will notice the differences that are skin deep.

10 Tips For A Great Mother's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Comedy

From breakfast in bed to making her dinner, here's how to REALLY pamper your mum this Mothering Sunday... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Han...

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Mother's Day is coming up this weekend but before you decide to resort to a soap and moisturiser gift set, how about trying something a little differe...

What My Mother Told Me

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.

Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Women

Kiran Chug | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We shouldn't need breastfeeding champions to assert our rights as women. We shouldn't need to stage mass public breastfeeding events to assert our rights as mothers. We shouldn't need outpourings of support online to assert our rights to feed our children.

A Quiet Word...

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

here was evidently some form of disconnect between my son's verbal acuity and his ability to write things down. His math's skills soared and he remained bright and questioning with a fascination for the world around him, but reading and writing were still huge hurdles.