Motherhood

Great Expectations Of Being A New Parent

Helen Miller | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

For most of us, we change as people when we become parents. On the whole we grow and become better people. However in the transition period, that change in who we are, our identity, can cause great confusion. Once a confident and independent adult, you begin to question your abilities. Failing it appears, is not an option.

Surviving Playgroups

Vicki Coombe | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

They are also pretty intimidating at first though; walking into a room of strangers, fears of cliques and the fact you are transported back to an irrational school child fear that no one will like you

Wanna Be In My Gang?

Lorna Hayward | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Physically I was able to try and pull on those times of rest, but my mind (as will be the story of my bloody life and no doubt this blog) kept overflowing with endless lists of what once again, I should and could be doing with my 'free time' (LOL)

Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - The Myth Of The Ideal Mother

Anne Marshall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Here's some transparency. I have four children which means that my hair is falling out. However, people often tell me I seem calm. I'm not calm, I'm bored. Gravy adverts make me feel terrible, all those lovely Mums cooking delicious pies for tea, with children that will actually eat a pie and gravy.

Juggling: Musician, Mum And Me

YolanDa Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
YolanDa Brown

I am a Musician, a Wife, a Mum an artist, writer, presenter, racing driver, educator, daughter, sister and friend. Pausing to think of these titles that make up Yolanda Brown gave me a strange feeling... was it stress, anxiety? How do I do it? Am I ok doing it?

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.

"Some People Would Give Anything To Be Pregnant"

Maddy Matthews | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

This probably seems more like a rant than a reasonable, balanced blog post. I've tried to keep it from becoming a stream of consciousness, but it's hard when you're angry. Three years ago, having people tell me how lucky I am was probably the least useful piece of advice I ever received.

Five Reasons Why Having A September-Born Four Year Old Rocks

Annette Demetriou | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents
Annette Demetriou

For years everyone has crooned about how lucky we were to have a September-born child. Statistics supposedly show that a September-born is more likely to succeed and be top of the class in school. Yay I thought, until this year.

Giving The Gift Of Self-Belief To A Child

Michelle Gant | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

How to do this, however, is another question. Fair to say I'm no expert: some days it feels like I'm winging this parenting thing. But, I do have some thoughts about how I might be able to help her self-esteem to grow.

Lessons From My Daughter

Michelle Gant | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

In all your beautiful newness, your freshness tangible, I feel daunted by the task ahead. As I look upon your face, your eyelids flickering uncertainly, I realise that there is so much you need to learn. Lying in my arms, so helpless and fragile, I promise to be your guide upon the journey to becoming you. And I think: there are so many things that I must teach you.

Has This Mum Written The Best Or Worst CV Cover Letter EVER?!?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So alongside my wondering if I can include my new skills of being able to breastfeed whilst changing a pooey bum and being able to pick up teeny tiny pieces of plastic crap faster than the speed of light onto my "updated" CV, I've also had to draft a cover letter for said "updated" CV.

The Truth About Post-Birth

Meagan Jukes | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Meagan Jukes

But then I lost it. Where did the overwhelming rainbow feeling go? I lay in bed with my 2 day old son who keeps licking his lips at me. He doesn't love me. He doesn't know who I am. He just wants milk.

Is The Male Abortion Ever Okay?

Hannah Greaves | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

I am interested in this dilemma as I personally have had the experience of this definition of the male abortion. I chose to continue with a pregnancy that my (at the time) partner did not want. He and his family severed all ties and physically distanced themselves. He had no experience of the pregnancy past the 10 week point, he is not on the birth certificate and has never made any contact with his biological son.

Remember When You Thought You Had It Bad...

Zeyna Sanjania | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Zeyna Sanjania

Do you remember? Remember when you thought you had it bad? When your food got cold because you had spent too long trying to get a good Instagram shot of it?

Tales Of A Single Mum

Angelina Osei | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angelina Osei

Out of the single mums I do know, we are all hardworking professionals, some with mortgages, some privately renting and yes some in local authority buildings, but what strikes me with all of us and when I say us, I'm talking about from personal experience from those around me. What strikes me is the strength that we all have.

Why I Won't Get US Citizenship For My Daughter

Katie Dickerson | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Dickerson

My daughter was born in Britain, so despite having American parents, she's British. My husband and I always intended to get her American citizenship too, but because it involves a fee, paperwork and a day spent at the US embassy in Edinburgh, we kept putting it off.

My Child Broke Me

Jaki Jelley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

I did plan on writing today but it wasn't going to be this post. This one has come completely out of the blue. Totally unplanned. They say it's best to write when you feel the emotion so here I am. Because not only am I emotional, I'm broken. It's not yet 2pm on a Saturday afternoon and my child has broken me. Well and truly broken me

Can We Please Stop Telling Pregnant Women This?

Katie Portman | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Portman

And whilst yes of course, pregnancy should be a happy and hopeful time and whilst no one wants to add to the anxiety that all pregnant women feel to some degree already, personally I think it's about time that some people stopped being a little too flippant about it.

Does Breastfeeding Get On Your Tits?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So why the hell does everyone care so much about the choices this woman (who I would like to place my fave maternity bra on that none of them actually know or have met) makes? Why do we feel the need to sling mud, to debate over whether she is a bad mum scarring her child forever, that she is not a fit parent, that she is disgusting and crossing the line from nurturing into the perverse?

Don't Judge - I'm You In Ten Minutes

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

The change came as a massive shock. Around 18 months my catalogue baby morphed into a raging toddler and it's been a game of catch up ever since! My try-anything eater suddenly became so fussy that we now have to sneak vegetables into her in the form of smoothies.

Can You Love Your Baby Too Much?

Deb Bunn | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When I was waiting for my miracle baby, I was desperate to be a mUmmy. It was a real biological need to have a child. My friends had already started their families and being with their children and my nieces and nephews cemented my belief that I would enjoy being a mummy, but I had no idea that I'd love it this much!

The Rise Of The "Guilty" Parent And How To Grow Your Confidence And Trust Yourself More

Dalice Kennedy | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dalice Kennedy

Often we undervalue the power of listening to our intuition, but being in tune with your intuition and being able to listen to what isn't being said (also known as the song behind the words) is in fact very powerful and important in feeling confident in our parenting choices.

Five Holistic Ways To Manage The Overwhelm Of Motherhood

Katy Batt | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Katy Batt

In our everyday life we often have so many roles to fulfil, all at the same time. Be it wife, mother, sister, daughter, colleague, boss and, the most important of all, being who we are. Always being in demand can be exhausting and draining. It can leave us feeling tired out, cranky and emotional with nothing left in the tank.

The New-Style Radicalism Of Parenting Bloggers

Justine Roberts | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Justine Roberts

Being a parent can be hard work, even if your life is generally A-OK. It can tire you out, use up your energy reserves and feel enormously stressful at times, not least because you care so much about the outcome.

To The Nursery Teacher Who Called To Say My Son Had Settled, Thank You

Katie Gregory | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

Thank you for knowing that, an hour after I walked away from him - as he cried and kicked and screamed his way through another defiant display on the other side of the window - his sobs still echoed in my head.