#Mothers

They Live Among Us....

Polly Walker | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

It has recently become apparent to me that little sorcerers have infiltrated the Walker Camp. Disguised as our offspring too, would you believe! I am in increasing awe - or is it fear?! - of their ability to apply mastery and cunning in a plethora of situations.

Why My Mother's Death Made Me Write a Book on Parenting Girls

Judy Reith | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

When my mum died after a long fight with Alzheimer's, grief threw me an opportunity to consider her legacy to me, and my three daughters. A friend said to me, "We all leave our shadow behind". So what is my mum's shadow? What will mine be to my darling daughters so they have what they need to thrive in the modern world?

An Open Letter to Mum, Three Years Since You Passed

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

I was once torn apart by nightmares that would haunt me night after night. Waking up from those was like losing you all over again. But, in the past year I have started to dream about you - beautiful you. Now there are times when I wake up and I feel like you have been right there beside me.

How Motherhood Taught Me to Be Vulnerable

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

When my son was born I spent at least the first six months wondering why, on a good day, he didn't like me and, on a bad day, he hated me.  I felt ashamed of these thoughts and kept telling myself, logically, that it wasn't possible for my son to think or feel either of these things yet at such a young age.

I Asked My Daughter What She Wants to Be When She Grows Up... Her Answer Surprised Me

A. Dassu | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

Have you ever heard someone say that they want to be 'just' a mum or a dad when they are an adult? If they have, I wonder what the reaction was? We are always expected to have another role. Mothers are now expected to go to work, have a career, and play a role financially even if a partner supports them.

The Move

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

By the time I flew home, I was in talks with a newspaper editor in Nairobi and had six weeks to plan my move: five months, one week and one day after R and I had first met. The nearness of my impending departure, this time with a veiled sense of permanence hanging over it, hit my mum a little more.

Wild Women

Lisa Edwards | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

It is always the plan. I know my mother wanted more for me than she had had herself, professionally, romantically, economically and everything-ally. And I have spent my life trying to make that happen, especially since she died sixteen years ago.

Positive Reinforcement Of Sibling Kindness

Kerry Gibb | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

I like to think that I am in control but let's face it, my boys are starting to learn that they outnumber me. There is only so long that I can stand there asserting my authority to two of them before the other two start getting up to mischief to divert my attention.

'Why I Still Breastfeed My Six-Year-Old Child'

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, when The Mirror ran a story about mum of two Denise Sumpter who still breastfed her six-year-old, it didn't create much of a murmur. Bu...

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

Melissa Benn | Posted 17.02.2015 | 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 20.01.2015 | 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 23.12.2014 | 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...