Motherhood

How Getting Naked Really Did Make Me Feel Empowered

Sheila Hageman | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

Over the years since I left the adult industry, I have hidden my body away. I covered up. I got more conservative as befits a mother, or so I thought. And I lost some of my sense of self. I lost some sense of myself as a beautiful, sexual woman. I lost connection to a certain part of myself.

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

A Thank You Letter to My Mother

Rachel Kelly | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Gradually as I began to get better, you would read aloud longer passages and poems to me as you had done when I was a child. You had always kept a commonplace book of snippets of poetry, prayer and anecdotes that had particularly struck you, entitled 'Consolations'. I devoured the collection as if it were ice-cold water offered to a parched traveller.

The No B***S*** Advice All New Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

One thing that was not lost amongst the milk hazed chaos was how at certain points during those first intrepid weeks, me and my post baby self could have done with a list of new mum home truths that cut through the inertia of new mum bullshit and instead brought me and my over active worries back down to reality.

Relationship Reality After Having a Baby

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

I remember feeling real contempt towards my partner when he regaled my labour story to our friends, as if it had been he who pushed an 8lb baby out of his mangina. 'It was like watching your favourite pub burning down. You know it will be rebuilt but it will never been the same again.' Hahahaha. Yes, hilarious. We were supposed to be in the most euphoric stage of our lives but I just wanted to kill him.

'I Want Women To Know They Can Study And Be A Mum'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jacci Sharkey, 24, proudly posed for a picture while she was breastfeeding her six-week-old son at her university graduation. With Sharkey's permi...

'I Switch My Phone Off After 9pm' Says Founder Of Hip And Healthy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The great big secret to balancing motherhood and a career is that there isn't one. No one has the answer to managing it all perfectly, no one ever...

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Why Mothers Should Be Selfish

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I am the luckiest person in the world. I have an adoring partner whom I love with all my heart and two beautiful children, no financial worries to speak of. And yet I am finally facing facts. It's scary and it's shameful. I am admitting in public that I don't like spending time with my children.

Why Having Kids Could Boost Your Arthritis Risk

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you weren't already put off by your friend's horrific tales of childbirth or the noisy baby next door, there's a new reason why having children cou...

Five Guilt Trips to Expect on Becoming a Mother

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

You might already feel guilty just for getting pregnant if you're not married and you've been brought up by that type of family. Or for ditching your work without an adequate handover when you bugger off for maternity leave (because who cares when your pelvis is falling apart and you can't pull your pants up properly).

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Dear Lactivist: I Am Not a Milk-Delivery System

Jessica Shortall | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am talking about a minority of breastfeeding advocates here. Most of you lovely people do not do what I am about to talk about. And "lactivists" are super important. And all of you - including the ones I'm talking about here - are amazing people who are working hard for women and babies.

About Time: The Day I Left My Daughter

Michelle Beckett | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

There has been a lot of speculation about how men won't take up the opportunity of shared parental leave because the money is not enough for them or because childcare is not seen as a man's job. These are valid concerns but I think it goes even deeper than that.

Baby-Name-Gate: Why Keeping Mum Is Best!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!

Teaching Feminism to Toddler Boys - Changing the World Starts Here

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

My conversation with Milin, I've realised, must start here. It's time now to start laying the groundwork that will see him growing up to speak out for equality. ,I want him to do more than his fair share in quashing gender inequalities. I want him to grow up championing the rights of men and women, girls and boys, no matter who they are and where they are from.

That's What Makes You Beautiful

Rae Mullins | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.

Motherhood - The Importance of Grabbing the Good Days by the Balls!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For once the feed schedule you have tirelessly tried and beaten yourself up over when it failed, has started to stick giving your day some kind of shape. For once you feel like you have some control back. That your day is not just one long feeding session and that you have finally took a step towards some form of routine.

My Mother Breastfed Me for Three Years, and I Think It's Awesome, Here's Why

Henry Boles | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Henry Boles

My mum breastfed me until I was three. Think about what you were doing three years ago, and grasp how much time has elapsed since then. For that entire period, I sucked glorious milk out of my Mum's boobs. She has no shame in telling people this, and neither do I.

The Emails Can Wait, My Two-Year-Old Needs to Play

Kiran Chug | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I don't want my son to have to ask me again and again and again all day to play with him. He shouldn't have to ask. I don't want my son to have a kind of resigned sadness in his voice that gives away that he fully expects me to say "later." I don't want my son to give up on me playing with him.

Can You Baby-Proof Your Career?

Marina Gask | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Caroline is passionate about empowering women to make themselves vital to their employers and their industry, so they don't end up getting sidelined on returning to work. "I help women look at how they can build their career and prove their worth long before they get pregnant so that any employer would give their right arm to keep them, even on a flexible basis.

The Great Mumpreneur Divide

Jo Gifford | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

They will be dealing with school letters, bake sales, dress up days, poorly small people sent home, packed lunches, homework and after school clubs as well as taxes, accounts, sales, marketing, outsourcers, coworkers - oh, and the actual work that you charge for.

To Every Mother Who Has Reached Out: Thank You

Kiran Chug | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

When it was 6pm and they'd both refused their dinner and watched TV instead, there you were. When it 10am and we'd missed playgroup because of tantrums and I couldn't get the timing right to leave the house, there you were.

Solopreneur Motherhood and the Game Changing Work Revolution

Jo Gifford | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Let's go right back to being pregnant with my twin girls, vomiting into a newspaper on a train as I headed down to a client meeting 4 hours away. Or, let's take a peep at me editing copy for a magazine using my smart phone from the maternity ward whilst nursing two babies.