I'm sad. That my husband and I have to be the perfect parents 24/7 otherwise all hell breaks loose. And it does. On a regular basis. Because we can barely be good enough parents most days on this little sleep and this much stress. In my darkest moments I wonder if my marriage is strong enough to survive autism.
It is natural and all too common to forget about yourself and your needs when you are busy taking care of a tiny person, going about in life and handling zillion other things. However, style is not just about vanity it is also about confidence. Hence, as a new mum it is important to honour some of your needs.
My boys don't conform to stereotypes, they have long hair which they both love and don't want to cut, they love bold clothes, are both fiercely bright and fun, funny and thoughtful and love to pick wildflowers and brush my hair (and tell me I'm a princess), as much as they enjoy running outside, kicking balls and climbing trees.
It's a bit tedious going to playgroups and meeting mums at school and having to spend months figuring out who you want in your gang. Mummy Speed Dating would make life a lot easier. If you had four minutes with each mum, what would you look for? This is how I would suss out my mummy friend soul mate.
You get an invitation. It may be to a wedding. Or you may have to stay over somewhere the night before a flight. Or perhaps you throw caution into the wind and decide to take your small children away for a mini-break. Yeah sure in the past being confined in a hotel room overnight with two tots was pure hell on earth. But this time. This time? It will be different...
I'm childfree-by-choice, but as my life fills with young female friends, I find myself thinking about what I want to pass on to them - in a wise-woman way. If I'd had a daughter when I was thirty, she would be eighteen now. So these are the things I'd like to say to her, and weirdly, lots of them are things my mother said to me...
Here to make sense of Millennial motherhood, our guest editors Rochelle Humes and Tess Daly will be taking over HuffPost UK Parents for the day. Beyond their editorship, Tess and Rochelle are also fronting our new AOL Original series Being Mum, where they interview other celebrity mums on the challenges they face. The ladies chat to Emma Bunton about her fertility scare, Alesha Dixon on why she felt she had to hide her pregnancy from Britain's Got Talent bosses and Jade Jagger's scary school car run crash.
At university I heavily studied creativity and whether it can be taught or if it is a skill you are born with. I constantly look for creativity within my pupils of my Performing Arts business and I have a thirst for finding new ways to stimulate them in their creative journeys. But where does creativity fit in to my Motherhood? How to I foster that within my boy? How do I inspire him to be creative?
I'm a little bit sad there isn't a bit more photographic evidence of my late teens and early 20s as I was four stone lighter and often went out without a bra on without them flapping around my knees. But I am glad that no one will ever get to witness the time I was was left stood crushed in New Street Station, dumped, weeping under the departures board. Braless and thin.
Has your home become toddler-occupied territory? Do you live within no-go zones changeable on a daily basis? Are orders frequently barked at you? "Don't sing!" "Stop talking!" No laughing!" Well, you are not alone - and in the spirit of misery loving some company, here are six signs you are living under a toddler tyranny...