Motherhood

They Call It Puppy Love...

Kathryn Berens | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

Lottie has been with us now for 5 days. Perhaps I am slightly delirious from lack of sleep but I have fallen for her very heavily indeed much to the delight of my family. That's quite fortunate really as I'm discovering that puppies are not a walk in the park (excuse the extremely weak pun, I plead exhaustion).

Mothering the Mother: New Mothers Need a Focused Period of Rest and Recovery

Heng Ou | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Heng Ou

During pregnancy a woman's body must go through a stunning transformation. Her blood volume will nearly double to support the growing foetus, her organs will be pushed to the side by an expanding uterus, her breasts will swell in preparation for lactation and her hormones will rise and dip exponentially.

Marriage After Children: The Real Life Tale

Gemma Devaney | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

I blame Disney, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey for my warped vision of perfect relationships after kids. Those books and movies filled me with an unrealistic view of relationships. Like how Mr Disney made me believe I needed to grow up to find my Prince Charming in order to live happily ever after.

First Birthday Party - A Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

With Princess Charlotte approaching her first birthday the world's media spotlight will be focused on how the palace decide to celebrate her birthday. No doubt Kate will have an army of party planners to help her create a stylish and stress free event but for the rest of us the idea of planning a first birthday party can be daunting.

A Letter to My Mummy From Your Firstborn

Hayley McLean | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley McLean

I know that most of all Mummy, you feel so guilty about me having to wait for things sometimes...when you have to ask me to wait a while for a snack because the baby needs feeding, when you have to ask me to wait until last to get out of the car because the baby needs to go first.

Death Threats for Opening a 'Breastfeeding' Cafe? You Have Got to Be Kidding

Amy Packham | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Packham

Purdie isn't receiving death threats because she's opening up a family friendly cafe, is she? Because with the tonnes of cafes with small play areas for kids (including Peter Andre's), I've never known any of them to get hit with criticism.

Just Let Them Eat the Mother F*****g Cake!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

Yes, we have to teach our Tiny Humans boundaries. Yes we have to teach them right from wrong. Yes we have to be their guides. And, yes sometimes we just have to let them eat the Mother f***G cake!

15 Unexpected Things You Find Yourself Doing in a Household of Young Boys

Steph Weller | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Steph Weller

You start to wonder why no-one has invented a self washing, drying and ironing robot that also happens to specialise in collecting Lego, putting the toilet seat down and convinces boys to put shoes on.

A Voice From the Dark: Why Talking Taboos Makes for a Better Society

Angela Brightwell | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Brightwell

It's important to share our stories if we can, especially those of us who find it easier to express ourselves through the written word than others may. In fact, it's our duty to do so, in the hope it might help others.

To the Mother I Thought I Would Become

Michelle Myers | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Myers

My son is taking me on a journey I never expected to be taking, and to be honest at first I was a little unsure of how to react. But now, well I wouldn't change him for the world. Instead my world has changed because of him. Work, home, family I mean he teaches me what's truly important.

Don't Be a 'Ten Wipe Trevor'

Eddie Lewis | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

Where does the female half of the species learn this unprecedented skill? Was there an open day or meeting I missed where there were a dozen prosthetic backsides all laid out in a row and covered with Nutella. I like to imagine a stern lady barking out wiping orders to an ensemble of new mothers all learning the skill that us Dad's envy.

How Old Is Too Old to Become a Mum?

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

If you don't want to be a Mum that's great. I hate all the patronising crap that says you have to have a child in order to be a real woman. Scratch that. I don't like the way every interview, with a famous woman, has to mention whether she has kids or not (and assume there's a secret heartbreak if she hasn't). But the key thing is CHOICE.

Mum On Maternity, Paid to Parent?

Clare Littler | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Littler

Is it so wrong that I want to socialise and have some time to myself in the day? That a long prayed for nap may give me half an hour to watch a bit of mindless TV. I wouldn't get that luxury at work?

Shut Up About Parenting (Says Parenting Blogger)

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Mann-Smith

Online parenting spaces are amazingly useful when your baby wakes up with a terrifying looking rash at 4am. You recall how someone from Lewisham who you've never met posted a pic of a very similar looking thing on their poor fever-stricken five year old. If only you could filter out the rest of the generally very irritating parenthood ephemera though.

What I'm Really Thinking When You're Pregnant With Your Third Child

Charlene Allcott | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents
Charlene Allcott

I don't know why anyone thinks it's a good idea to have more than one child, maybe two in a moment of prosecco fuelled weakness. Perhaps I'm the only one but here's what I'm really thinking when you tell me you're pregnant with your third child.

Eight Women You Need to Avoid to Survive Mothers Group

Melissa Sorini | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Parents
Melissa Sorini

Some of the more tedious aspects of motherhood are those situations where you are forced to socialise with a random assortment of other women based solely on the fact that you have both produced your own offspring...

What I Wish I'd Known in My Twenties About My Friends Having Kids

Isy Suttie | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Comedy
Isy Suttie

Now I've got a one year old, and I don't look upon my mates who don't have kids as unlucky or lucky - I see them, if I can keep my eyes open, as mates who I dearly love. What I used to regard as an obsession with one's children I now know as the act of freaking out that someone as inept as you is in charge of a small things's life and safety. As worrying about being judged by other parents for a whole tiresome rainbow of reasons.

What Did You Do Today? Your Response Vs Your Toddler's

Katie Gregory | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

Ever wondered how your account of your day compares to your toddler's? Wonder no more...

The Five Tantrums of the Toddler

Eddie Lewis | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

All kids have tantrums I get that, I also know a lot of adults who do it to be honest. The thing is with the Jam-Eater (my three-year-old daughter) is that she has a set repertoire of tantrums which only consists of five moves.

The Parenting Book Deemed "Too Real" and "Risky" to Publish - Writer Mum Hits Back!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 26.03.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So I have been sat here trying to think of witty/interesting/engaging ways to do this. However, after being sat here for the last twenty mins I've realised that I am in fact just searching for excuses not to make this post.

Dear Jamie, You Missed the Trick

Antonina Mamzenko | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents
Antonina Mamzenko

So, dear Jamie, you totally missed the trick here. Don't try and convince mothers that breast is best. You will either be met with resistance from those that chose to - or had to - bottle feed, or will end up preaching to the preachers.

Hey, It's OK

Susie Verrill | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Susie Verrill

It's OK if you can't remember things when people ask. If you're not sure what day it is. If you didn't hear what your other half said after four repetitions. If you find yourself staring at your laptop. It's OK if you get flustered. It's OK to feel overwhelmed.

To The Doctor Who Told Us 'I'm Sorry'

Jodi Parry | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jodi Parry

To this day, I would love to ask that doctor, 'what are you sorry for?' There's nothing to be sorry about, it's just a different journey. Our girls bring us so much joy and in September they started at the same mainstream school as their big brother Finlay. Our family feels happy and healthy. So now, four years down the line, if this is our journey then we wouldn't swap our tour guides for the world.

How an Introvert Is Championing Change for Mothers

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

If someone had said to me a couple of years ago I would put my head up above the parapet and start a movement to revolutionize the workplace for mothers and mother-to-be, I would have laughed. Then I would've curled up on my couch with the next series of 24 and forgotten all about it.

New Englishisms I Learned From Being a North American Mum Living in the UK

Fariba Soetan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

I'd lived and worked in the UK almost seven years before we had kids, so I thought I'd pretty much learned the lingo I needed to get by in British circles. But becoming a parent in England has often made me feel as if I've just stepped off that plane.