#Mothers

We Are Not Rivals

Claire Kirby | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

To the mother who breastfed her baby until they needed it no more; I know the amazing feeling that comes with knowing your little one is getting everything they need from you. Your body is an incredible thing. I know too, the sheer exhaustion you have felt when it's all down to you, your nipples are cracked, and you don't get a break. We are not rivals.

Kate Winslet On Why We Should Teach Our Daughters To Love Their Curves

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As women we have a tendency to stand in front of the mirror and berate our bodies. But our readiness to focus on the negative is damaging, not onl...

Mother Of Student Who Died After Taking Diet Pills Speaks Out

PA | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

The mother of a student who died after taking toxic "diet pills" has called for a clampdown on websites selling potentially deadly drugs. Speaking ...

Leave Zara Phillips' Mum Tum Alone, Say Our Mum Readers

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Parents

Motherhood is a great leveller among women - Zara Phillips may be a royal, but her body has gone through the same upheaval any woman's has after givin...

In Praise of Global Women's Strike - A Shining Light in A Politics of Doom and Gloom

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Objections since the 1970s to Global Women's Strike's demand for wages for care have consistently let women down - we are no better off, our families are no better off, and many are now shackled in employment against our wishes, suffering double and triple shifts and facing intolerable pressure, pushed out of our homes by increasing bias towards commercialised care.

The Ten Unwritten Rules of 'Mum'

Emma Conway | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

When I first found out I was pregnant I was over the moon but had no idea that as soon as the baby popped (or in my case pulled) out, I inadvertently had signed some weird invisible contract, that it appears I can't get out of for the foreseeable future.

The Childcare Conversation: As Labour Realises Mistake Over EU Vanguard Stance, an Imagined Doorstep Chat

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The Conservatives and the LibDems (remember them?) performed the very same trick of arrogantly ignoring, misrepresenting, diminishing, dismissing and belittling the concerns of parents and voters generally. And now we have five years of a Conservative Government to enjoy in all its glory.

Earthquake Babies - A Look to Nepal's Future

David Bull | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
David Bull

Children and new born babies have been hit hardest. We estimate that the lives of almost 18,000 mothers and babies could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore healthcare systems. In addition, the latest statistics show that around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare.

It's Not Only Nicole Trunfio Who Is #NormalisingBreastfeeding

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Nicole Trunfio was pictured on Elle Australia's cover breastfeeding her newborn son, she said she wanted to normalise breastfeeding. And it ...

Kids Parties - The Dream V The Reality

Emma Conway | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

When I was a kid there were two options. 1) you had a party at home. Non of the parents stayed. Overjoyed at two hours away from their children. You played crap games. Expected to get crap gifts and the party bags consisted of a balloon and a bit of squashed cake or 2) you had a McDonalds party. That. Was. It.

#Mumbods Are Everywhere And We Love It

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents

You've heard of the dadbod, right? Dadbod is the term coined by Mackenzie Pearson, a student at Clemson University to describe the body of a dad th...

Ten Things Our Children Will Sadly Not Experience

Emma Conway | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

OK so with hindsight our lives were a little bit more unhealthy and risky. But it makes me sad as we were free to be innocent. We could run around outside and eat crap and pretend to be Spuggy from Byker Grove, not some polished American beauty queen...

To My Precious Children, From Your 'Stay at Home' Mum

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Everyone was born a baby - we are all here for a short time and no matter how wonderful someone might appear, or how much they seem to have, we all come into the world and leave it the same way. With nothing but our body and our character.

Political Engagement Is Broken in a Disengaged Society - And Politicians Need to Drop the Polsplaining Before Turnout Plummets to a New Low

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Election season. An exciting time for people like me, who sit up all night just to watch a loathed politician lose his seat, but rather like a carousel of irrelevant, alien, jargon-spouting, aloof, suits for too many. And don't the political parties rather rely on that.

An Open Letter to a Kind Stranger

Aby Moore | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Aby Moore

You were kind and you didn't judge. You took the time out of your day to empathise and notice someone who was on the edge and offer help to them; for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The world needs more people like you

Mentioning Mothering and Neglecting the Menz

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

To censor myself, or adapt my Blog, to remove mention of the maternal, would amount to succumbing to the taboo of mentioning - let alone promoting - mothering and maternal care, and to the unease with which women often feel in proclaiming their rights or protecting the interests of themselves or their families.

The Messy Magic of Motherhood

Tanesha Westcarr | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Parents
Tanesha Westcarr

Feeling like a chronic mess I scrabbled through a myriad of emotions and thoughts like, why am I awake so early? How many days have I been asleep? I still want more sleep. Where is the glow? Nothing tastes the same. Will I ever have energy again? Damn, I'm about to overheat.

Scan Shows Damaging Effects Of Smoking On Unborn Babies

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The harmful health effects that smoking has on babies in the womb could be detected using 4D ultrasound scans, new research suggests. Scientists su...

Am I a Heartless Biatch?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I hate to admit it but as the second baby came along, delivering us with two Tiny Humans under Two, which, as grateful as we are for them, they have filled every corner of our lives, minds and pre occupations squashing me and thee to the other sides of our new universe, with no time to spare and no spare energy to spare for each other.

Mothers at Home Matter and the Politics of Mothering - When Maternal Care is Taboo and Politicians Have No Clue

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

No mainstream political party seeks to recognise or place value on the prospect of a parent at home, doing the work of childcare and supporting the family. We may only speak of childcare being productive and valuable if it is performed by strangers, for a fee, and under the guise of 'Early Years Education'.

What My Mother Taught Me

Lotte Lane | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

I longed to be like her. A rebel, an artist, free-thinking, chaotic, always centre stage. She commanded attention: we were all drawn to her, like moths, as she shined out, enveloping us with her light.

Mother's Day Thoughts: The Politics of Loving

Sally Fraser | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

On those days when we sob silently into our shortbread, when we feel under-appreciated, unloved, unvalued, not just by our kids (because we can handle that) but by the whole sodding rest of the world, perhaps we should reflect on why that might be the case.

Motherhood - The Biggest Sacrifice

A. Dassu | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

The moment I found out I was expecting my first child, my life changed forever. Nothing was going to be the same ever again. It couldn't be taken back and even if the pregnancy hadn't gone through, I still would have remained changed. This much I knew.

Ten Ways to Get Women to Like You (When You Are a Woman)

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Emily-Jane Clark

Not all women. Most women totally rock. But some, quite frankly, need to chill the hell out. It seems that however you choose to live your life as a female of the species, it will never, ever be good enough for these women.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.