Young Mothers Face Intolerable Discrimination in the Workplace

Joeli Brearley | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Improving attitudes towards pregnant women and mothers will require a cultural and societal shift. We need to start valuing care as much as we value professional achievements. Both are equally crucial to a well functioning society.

Is Doing an NCT Course the Friendship Moment of Your Life?

Lisa Williams | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Williams

Your first NCT class is like your first day at a new school; there you are, at a huge milestone in your life, wearing new clothes that make you feel very grown up, and eyeballing your new classmates wondering which one is going to be your new best mate.

Mamas and the Panama Papers

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So there we have it. Some men are more equal than others - in exposure to tax liability, at least. The Panama Papers have revealed just how deviously and unethically many wealthy individuals protect their assets, reduce their exposure to tax, and pay as little into or back to their communities as they can get away with.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Childcare

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

When are the actual wishes of mothers, overwhelmingly for greater financial support to care and freedom to make choices which honour their wishes, going to be addressed? In the spirit of democracy. When are the human beings at the heart of all this going to be the priority instead of human capital at the centre of capitalist neoliberalism?

Mothers Are Our Primordial Leaders

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Women and men, mothers and fathers, will continue to be the grass-root leaders for every generation of newcomers on earth. A

Mum's the Word

Andrew Saunders | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Andrew Saunders

A recent survey by Interflora found that if mothers charged for their services, they would bring in an annual salary of around £172,000. To give that...

For Mother's Day - Seeing Our Children, Seeing Ourselves

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

It was World Book Day. Many of us would have dressed up our children and sent them to school in fun outfits. Maybe we took a picture and posted online or shared it with a relative. What pride, to see our children engaged with reading - with character and with stories...

Dads: Where Are We Now?

Adam Baron | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Parents
Adam Baron

My role is different. As a writer my working life is flexible. And boy does it need to be because my wife works too. Like an increasing number of British fathers I only bring home part of the bacon, the rest of the time spent cooking, cleaning, picking up or dropping off.

5 More Times MPs Slagged Each Other Off Using 'Your Mum' Jokes

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK

Jokes about someone else's mother are traditionally the preserve of the playground. But on Wednesday, they entered the Palace of Westminster during PM...

Liberating Motherhood

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The mother in western culture in the twenty-first century faces a huge number of obstacles before her in her attempts to frame her life with 'autonomy' and 'self-determination': or, simply put, the right to live and control one's own life. Mothers feel immense social and economic pressure to 'get a job', or feel the strain of 'doing it all' when they do.

Mother's Day - a Dad's Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

For all those Dads out there facing their first Mother's Day, it can be confusing trying to navigate through the unchartered waters of fatherhood so we here at Babyblooms have put together some top tips to make sure you avoid the pitfalls and earn the maximum amount of kudos.

Much Ado About Muslims

Julian Bond | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Bond

Muslims have been in the news a lot lately, in fact for a minority community they receive a lot of coverage. We have heard the Prime Minister bemoanin...

Parental Alienation: Coercive Control or Children's Choices?

Karen Woodall | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

Parental alienation harms children, it is coercive control of a child by a mother or father determined to use them to further their own emotional aims and objectives after family separation.

Post-Baby Body Blah

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Fulu

I used to be reasonably fit. I am vegetarian, have practised yoga for over a decade and have always been naturally slim. When I had my first child my body stretched and strained but within six months of a natural birth I returned to a slightly heavier, slightly hippier, saggier-boobed version of myself. But not that dissimilar.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Patriarchy and Star Wars: The Mother Strikes Back

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

In Star Wars, mothers rarely get a mention: Padme died in childbirth; and Shmi was brutally killed after losing her son to the Galactic equivalent of boarding school. Yes, Anakin Skywalker was freed from slavery. But his mother wasn't.

Radical Acts of Equality

Karen Woodall | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK
Karen Woodall

I observed a young Asian man, no more than about eighteen, arrive with a tiny baby. The baby was crying loudly and clearly needed feeding and as I watched the young man struggling with the bib and the bottle, I became suddenly aware of an absolute air of tension in the cafe.

'Where U At. Take A Photo.' This Is What Happens When You Have A Suspicious Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

We've all been there; out late and your rents demand to know where you are. But this mother took it one step further.. C'mon mom We're guessing ...

Life Is What Is Happening When You Are With the Ones You Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

I want to share something I have written recently but have sat on, busy with life, busy with the children, busy trying to make time with my husband, and busy trying to set aside time for myself which is free from writing, reading, studying or worrying.

Why World Prematurity Day Matters

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

You have just given birth to your precious baby, far too early. Your baby's birth is likely to have happened suddenly: your pregnancy, that precious time spent with your baby inside you, kicking away, ripped away.

Boobs Laid Bare

Sadie Brown | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

I have always been 'blessed' with a leading lady rack and I love them dearly as we all should with whatever we've been served, but let me tell you, they also come with issues that only women with bigger boobs understand.

One Sad Mum in Imaginary Conversation With Holly Willoughby

Zeena Moolla | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Zeena Moolla

Sometimes, when I'm enjoying a rare moment of peace, I think about Holly. Peppa or some doughnuts might be babysitting the kids while I gaze out the window, imagining myself on the This Morning couch enjoying a lovely chat and a lovely cup of (hot) tea with the lovely Holly Willoughby. Oh, and Phillip...

Clap Your Hands for the Superdad

Jude Coy | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

I couldn't survive without my own version of the superdad. I didn't know when I met him that he would be this great but if I had known I'd definitely have paid top dollar for him.

A Women's Party? Less WEP, more like WEEP for the Mothers and Children

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

My brief tenure as a founding member, and contributor to policy development, of the Women's Equality Party (or WEP) is, I fear, up. As I had feared wh...

The Tories Are the Party of the Workers? Translation: A Worker is All You're Allowed to Be

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

In modern Britain, women are to be workers, and workers only. Care and family work, the women and men who do it, and any importance placed on their work, are to be crushed by the New Party of the Workers - because a 'Worker' is all you are allowed to be.