#Mothers

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

Melissa Benn | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Benn

So let's return to that young girl in the art gallery for I believe she can, symbolically speaking, help guide us through this tangled maze. Certainly, she provides us with our first important clue, about the many ways that adolescence itself turns so many confident outward- looking girls into anxious and uncertain young women.

Mums Urged To Breastfeed To Improve Health And Benefit NHS

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? That is the question. According to new research, breastfeeding for longer can improve the health of a mother an...

Home Births Could Be The Best Option For Mothers

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women could be better off giving birth at home or in midwife-led centres, according to a health advisory body, who say that hospitals are more likely ...

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.

Café Apologises For Asking Mums To Breastfeed In Disabled Loo...

SWNS | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A café owner has been forced to apologise after putting a sign in the window - asking mums to breastfeed in the disabled toilets. Because when bre...

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.

Note to Mr. Cleese: How I Forgave My Mother

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

John Cleese has been in the news lately for his autobiography which has the critics in agreement on one thing: how can a 74 year old man still harbour such bitter resentment towards his own mother? Answer: very easy, really.

The Mum-Hub: An Exclusive Parental Social Club

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

I have never seen any dads in the hub. Not even partners. The hub is usually a child-free zone too, a place of mothers in conversation while their children fend for themselves. This day there were lots of crying and distressed pre-school children who needed the attention of scattered lone parents, before their actual parent in the hub noticed.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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.

No Such Thing as a Bad Mother

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I was 16 when I first fell pregnant (accidentally, of course), and again at 20. I didn't want my first two children. "Daddy, I have changed my mind," I cried big tears when I was being wheeled into the delivery room. "I don't want a baby!" In the beginning, I never felt that I was a good mother. In fact, I have always believed that I was a bad mother, blaming my youth for my shortcomings.

Tea, Sympathy And Breastfeeding Advice Abound In This New Cafe

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The first few months of parenthood is firefighting between the arrival of a newborn, lack of sleep (oh, the lack of sleep!) and trying to cope with a ...

You Can't Be 'Miss England' and Be a Good Mother

Katrina Simpson | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katrina Simpson

Having been Miss England in 2009, and now being a mother I personally feel that the two roles cannot coincide. Until you actually carry out the role of Miss England, you cannot possibly appreciated how much time is spent on the road, travelling from one place, or even country to another - it's all well and good saying but it's your choice etc but it would not be fair on a child.

Danielle Tyler Wasn't Banned From 'Miss England', She Was Never Eligible to Enter

Angie Beasley | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angie Beasley

Danielle Tyler from Derbyshire is not eligible to enter Miss England, she was never banned . The criteria is set out in advance for anyone entering. She chose not to read the rules of entry. She was never eligible to enter...

The Swimsuit Edition

Andrea Mara | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Then last Summer, for the first time, I found myself looking around at other women and comparing. I felt conscious of every little lump and bump - three kids in five years can do that. Discussing this with two friends some months later, I expressed how uncomfortable I had felt wearing a bikini last Summe...

Goodbye Life, Hello Child: Why It Took Me Time to Love My Son

Caroline Keetch | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

This loss of everything I took for granted in my adult life was much more overwhelming to me than the love I felt for my baby. I know, I said it, shoot me world - and what a world we live in when it comes to 'views' on mothers. How we should feel, how we should look, how we should react... the expectations are real and they are fired at a new mother like arrows from a bow.

This Baby Does A Hilarious Impression Of How His Mother Walks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Someone's going to grow up to be a comedian! Or an impressionist. Or possibly both. Little Ellis, we salute your mimicry skills. And we salut...

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.

Is Your Teen a Saffy?

William Higham | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

Teenagers? We know what they're like, don't we. They're hedonistic and impetuous. They want their brands 'edgy' and their work easy. They kiss the future and shun the past. Sex, drugs and R&B.

On Behalf of One in Five Women of a Certain Age, I'm Throwing Down a Gauntlet to the Press

Paula Coston | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

not many childless women are yet willing to be spotlighted in the press, but that's partly because the press don't treat them as newsworthy, feature-worthy, in the first place. If they don't feel valued, it's a vicious circle. And yes, some of the key messages are hard to hear.

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

British Jihadis - Turning Mothers Into Informants Is No Solution

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

In the government's latest Orwellian measure, mothers and wives of "would-be jihadists" are ‎being urged to report on their loved ones, avowedly to "prevent tragedies". It won't escape notice ‎however, that despite protestations to the contrary, a message emanating from the police carries ‎criminalising potential. ‎

Sixteen Easy Ways to Annoy Pregnant Women

Caroline Thain | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Whenever we grow too exhausted to beat ourselves up with obligatory innate society-taught mummy guilt, we can be certain Another Mother will do it for us. My childless non-pregnant peers don't, nor do men. It's women with at least one kid.

Feeling the Fear of Public Speaking

Christina Robert | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Robert

I don't know how many of you have dabbled in self-help, but there is a niggling inconsistency to the general message of 'heal thyself' that has always thrown me. Is the pathway to fulfilment reached by following my bliss - or - by feeling the fear and doing it anyway?

My Mother. My Inspiration.

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Kucinich

It was the early 1990s. The recession had hit. Our house was in foreclosure, but mum was determined to make things work and to save our home. And she did! She established a healing practice and I watched the archetypal journey of the wounded healer unfold before me.

Mothers Day - How to Stay Calm With a MIL You Don't Get on With...

Cat Williams | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

First of all, we need to recognise that our mother-in-law poses a uniquely powerful threat to our self-confidence and self-worth. She is a person who might come across as having 'been there done that' and so could potentially judge our 'success' as a wife, mother and woman.