Motherhood

Childhood Eczema - 10 Top Tips How To Beat It

Charlotte Wise | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I was extremely lucky to find a healthcare professional at one of my local baby clinics who recommended a cream and was able to prescribe a rolling prescription for me there and then. After listening to her advice and using the cream regularly, my son's eczema is now non existent.

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

Sad Eyes

Ali Russell | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Yesterday it seemed his mission to upset his sister. When I asked him why, he said she wasn't upset that they'd moved rooms and he was angry, he wanted her to be sad too! I think this is pretty advanced for a 5yo. Match that with early trauma, his little mind probably doesn't know what to do with itself.

Cancer K.O.

Rebekah Smith | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebekah Smith

It didn't make hearing the word any easier. The feeling of that moment was shockingly surreal - nothing dramatic, just numbing and totally life changing. I could still take in what the consultant was saying and follow the conversation, until she said chemotherapy.

Serena Williams Is Already A Real Woman - Motherhood Or Not

Aimee Meade | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Aimee Meade

Mothers are wondrous beings and I have the utmost respect for every single one of them. However I don't think it is what makes a woman, a "real woman". In fact, I'm not sure what does - surely it's up to each and every one of us to make our own choices and create our own paths.

Motherhood Helped Heal My Bulimia

Jessica Smith | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

mum bod I certainly felt the pressure to lose the baby weight quickly, and of course I ensured that I was doing some gentle exercise and eating healthy in the weeks and months after giving birth, but I no longer obsess, and there is a distinct difference between thinking about something and obsessing over it.

Just Go To F**king Sleep!

Amy Ransom | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

Then I cocked it all up. And smug old 'I'm so good at this baby making s***' had to go and ruin it with a third child who frequently gets up at hideous o'clock and makes me want to stick pins in my eyes come bedtime. These are the main stages of our bedtime routine. Every. Painful. Night.

Formula Haters, You Did Not Pick A Good Day To Mess...

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

I'm in a seriously sweary mood today, it's three weeks since my last silent coffee. Ordinarily sweary wouldn't  be a problem. You'd never have known that I've shouted expletives into the fridge with the frequency of a bad case of Tourette's today.

Deep Breath - Living With Anxiety

Chloe Dawson | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

This week I really want to write about something that is very misunderstood but very widespread. I've suffered with anxiety for a few years now, over half my life and was officially diagnosed after having Harry. I've always been a 'worrier' and an 'over thinker' but the thoughts became poisonous and consuming.

How We Feed Our Babies Matters

Rachel Murray | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Rachel Murray

It matters because if breastfeeding rates continue to decline, we will lose the collective breastfeeding knowledge and experience of mothers, grandmothers, health professionals and breastfeeding counsellors.

The Rise Of The Insta-Mum

Jodie Andrews | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

You can paint a life that looks nice on the outside, but it's nothing if it's not authentic on the inside. The reality is that your nice white walls have once been covered in paint, felt tips, ketchup. The reality is that your kid has thrown a major tantrum in the middle of a busy supermarket. The reality is that you've been covered head to toe in sick, poo, piss. The reality in actual fact, is much better than the painted pretty picture. The reality is life as it is. Pure, authentic and real. 

When Your Baby Is No Longer Your Baby

Jaki Jelley | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

He is ready for this next step. Beyond ready. We haven't had an easy time of it lately. His behaviour has been challenging to say the least and while I know that this is perfectly natural, it has made me doubt myself on many an occasion. He needs school. He needs the stimulation that learning and socialising will bring him. He is ready. So ready. I'm just not sure I am.

Pelvic Floor And The Danger Zone

Rachel Murray | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Rachel Murray

Why isn't the topic of pelvic floor and incontinence covered in mainstream antenatal education? Teaching mothers-to-be about how to look after this important muscle group and what to do when it's not working as it should would surely help, not least let us know we're not alone.

Girls Can Pee Outside Too, And 13 Other Things I Want My Daughters To Know

Nicole Roder | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Roder

Despite what you've seen on TV, it is not normal for teenagers to be caught in a love triangle. The Vampire Diaries, iCarly, Gossip Girl. If you believe everything you see on TV, then teenagers have seriously dramatic love lives. Reality is a lot more boring. I promise.

Are You A Bad Mother?

Susie Gilmour | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Gilmour

'Trust yourself: you know more than you think you do'. Wise words from the opening chapter of the famous Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care. When I was br...

Beating Parent Isolation

Annie Drewry | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Parents
Annie Drewry

Life sometimes has a way of taking over and getting in the way of all your plans, those friendships you thought would last a lifetime sometimes fall by the wayside, especially when a friend's life dramatically becomes overwhelmed with the arrival of children.

Why Parenting Needs Positive Thinking

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

I'm not the perfect mum - there have been ups and downs. But I don't want to look back at my blog in years to come and wonder if I was ever happy. Because I am. Writing events down commits them to memory. And I want to remember the happy moments. Don't you?

From Madness To Mindfulness

Allex Parlato | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
Allex Parlato

Prior to motherhood, self-care was an action that came naturally to us. Showering regularly, eating well, and exercising slipped ever so seamlessly in to our daily routine. Today we're juggling babies, children, mealtimes, sleep schedules and cleaning! Say goodbye to the days of wellness and hello to quick fixes, caffeine and dry shampoo.

Why I Won't Stay Silent About My Miscarriage

Chloe Dawson | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

June was truly the worst month of our entire lives but started as the best. We had just found out we were expecting our second baby after only one month of trying. We were surprised but ecstatic. It was something we'd discussed for a while and felt that we were in a good enough place to handle another.

Seven Simple Rules For Being A Good Mother

Claire Kirby | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

When it comes to being a good mum there is a very definite list of rules. Only no one tells you these. You get to find out these for yourself at the same time as you learn what the hell to do with this baby you just produced that didn't come with a manual, and seems intent on doing the exact opposite of what the baby books said.

Acceptance

Jess Bovey | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jess Bovey

mum bod I heard a quote the other day, "For every woman who hates her stretch marks there is a woman wishing she had them". It really got me thinking. Thinking about the new body I have. I am thankful everyday, don't get me wrong. The stretch marks a part of me now, a part I am yet to fully accept.

The Fourth Trimester

Jess Bovey | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jess Bovey

As if the three trimesters of pregnancy weren't enough, there's actually another one. Yes, the fourth trimester is an actual thing. Basically, it's the idea that the first three months of life are very much an extension of life in the womb for baby.

Why I Don't Agree That 'Perfect' Mothers Like Beyonce Are 'Amazing'

Lauren Vaknine | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Vaknine

These so-called 'supermum' celebrities being photographed with their toned physiques and perfect hair and immaculate make up, wearing jeans and heels four weeks after giving birth, splashed across every newspaper and online forum you can imagine, only makes normal mums, the ones who are actually doing their very best for their babies themselves, feel like failures when in fact, they are really the supermums.

What I'd Tell My First-Time Mum Self

Amy Ransom | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

I look back now at photos of my younger mum self (not just that hilarious post-birth picture) and, beneath the love and contentment, I can still feel how green I was. How unsure I was. I remember that first night at home with her like it was yesterday. 'What on earth do we do with her? Can we put her down, do you think?'.

The Arrogance Of Breast Is Best

Holly Leppard | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

After reading an absolutely thoughtless post on social media from a mother who regularly uploads picture-perfect images of her life, I felt the need to write. To offload the frustration and borderline anger that was sparked in me when reading her ill-informed and blinkered take on infant feeding.