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Be Kind To Yourself

Kerry Thomas | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Thomas

A big worry of mine is how my mental illness is going to impact on my daughter and will my bad days affect her.

What Is Sleeping Through The Night? Why New Parents Get Little Sleep And How You Can Get A Few More Zzzzs

Sarah Beeson MBE | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Beeson MBE

Newborn babies are all about feeding, feeding, feeding and they don't know what time of day or night it is. Their urgent need for milk at all-hours means in the early weeks of parenthood there is not a lot of sleeping for anybody.

You'll Be Surprised At What Your Baby Learns In The Womb

Marie-Louise Hurworth | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Parents
Marie-Louise Hurworth

Early on in my midwifery training I was surprised to learn just how rich a learning environment your womb provides for your baby throughout pregnancy. Your baby's health and wellbeing throughout life is crucially affected during your pregnancy.

Sick, Tired And Lonely: Why It's Time To Break The First Trimester Taboo

Rosie Newman | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Rosie Newman

I have been pregnant twice and both times I was completely debilitated by HG. I will never intentionally fall pregnant again, because the thought of it is so completely unbearable. I couldn't justify putting my family through it, knowing the effect it would have on us all.

Whatever Happened To Just Mum And Dad: Labels

Nigel Higgins | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Nigel Higgins

SAHD, SAHM, single mum, working mum, gay dad, gay mum, LBGT mums and dads, single dads, stepdad, stepmum, divorced dad, divorced mum. This list is endless when describing what sort of mum or dad you are, although I have very rarely seen the term 'working dad'.



The Confessions Of A Mum Misbehaving On A Hen Weekend

Lucianne Lewis | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lucianne Lewis

Wedding season is upon us and for those of us lucky enough to still have some friends without kids that also means it's one weekend of freedom. You ca...

This Mum's Instagram Will Make You Feel Better About Being An 'Imperfect Parent'

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Parents

Parenting Instagram accounts can be a blessing or a curse. They can make you feel guilty about how messy your home is and confused as to how everyone ...

Are Young Mums Putting Their Futures At Risk?

Maddy Matthews | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

A recent report by the Children's Commissioner named several groups of children who "put their futures at risk with their actions". Included in this list are the 36,000 mothers aged 19 and under who are living with their children. As you can imagine, I have a problem with this.

10 Things Motherhood Taught Me About My Career

Soozi Baggs | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Soozi Baggs

The person I was before I got pregnant, the one I was while I was pregnant, and the one I have become as a mother, are all different. By which I don't mean that I've lost my identity or changed beyond recognition but just that my dreams, hopes, priorities, interests, and who I want to be in the world have all changed. I still feel like me, but a newer version of me.

Full Time. Part Time. All the Time

Rebekah Smith | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

It's not easy returning to work; back to the routine, back to caring about something more than nap times, feeds and tantrum negotiation. I returned three weeks ago, changing from full time to part time. I still work the equivalent of four days a week and it sometimes feels as though I am trying to 'have it all' - but why shouldn't I have my own identity, career and earnings.

Do You Grieve For The Child You Never Want To Have?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I can't put myself or my children through that again.  Promising my little girl I'd be picking her up from school then disappearing in an ambulance and not seeing her for days at a time whilst she had no idea why or when I was coming home was too much.  She was devastated.  Putting my body through that has left a lasting impact to this day that genuinely makes us fear for my life.

The Buggy Stages

Hattie Harrison | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

The wheel that fell off first was directly under the handy side-basket. Designed, I believe, for your shopping, and not, as I use it, for your other children who are refusing to walk. Only a week ago my three year old was slung in there after a 10 minute walk turned into a 40 minute amble punctuated by whining about his legs hurting and the sun being too bright.

10 Celeb Quotes That Prove Just How Incredible Mum Bods Really Are

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents

It’s no secret that many mums struggle with their changing appearance, during and after pregnancy. Celebrity mums often find that their figure is t...

The Psychology Behind How Mums Feel About Their Post-Baby Bodies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents

It’s common knowledge that a woman’s body goes through immense change during pregnancy, but what’s less talked about is how their body looks aft...

'Bank Of Mum And Dad' Housing Boom Criticised For 'Entrenching Inequality'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

News that the ‘Bank Of Mum and Dad’ will pump £6.5 billion into property transactions this year has reignited debate over Britain’s “broken...

The Truth About Heartbreak And Becoming A Single Mum

Sarah Caldwell | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Caldwell

I've written this because I am feeling it, right now. I am in the process of picking up all the pieces of our shattered life. I'm also writing it because I know how comforting it is to know that you aren't the first person to go through it.

Hardcore Sexit

Rebekah Smith | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

I wish I could remember when it happened; the moment I was switched off and I lost all desire to do 'IT' anymore. I definitely wanted to do it the day I conceived my first child, so at least that is somewhere to start...

Young Mum Love - Because You Deserve It

Lianne Freeman | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

I'm not a young mum myself as I had our first, Archie, when I was 31. My mum was a young mum - she had me at 19 - and also my nan had my mum at 18. As a mum you make so many sacrifices and put things on hold until your little ones grow up.

Being Step Mum - The Biggest Privilege Of My Life

Tina McGuff | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

To date raising all the children is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It's been an honour for me to have raised them the best I could. I can honestly say hand on heart I've given it my best shot - also to watch them become happy adults has been everything I had hoped for.

Helping Your Newly Single Mum Friend

Rebekah Smith | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

Friendship: A chance meeting that develops into fun, memories and a million WhatsApp messages. Your only agenda for being there is because you want to be, it's a bond built on pure appreciation of a particular person. Maybe that's why a friends pain can sometimes feel like a personal attack.

Who Let The Dads Out? The Annoying Thing About Equality

Celine Bell | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Honestly, I'm sick of it. The praise heaped on my husband for being such a super dad. When did he use his vagina to bring life to the world? When did he scoop baby puke out of his cleavage? Does he know where the kids' swimming stuff is? Or the details of their vaccination schedule?

What Happens Before 7am? The Secret Life Of Parents

Celine Bell | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Let me tell you. It isn't good. Nothing good happens before 7am (similar to my rule of parties in my twenties - nothing good happens after 2am. Go home at 2am. If I'm up at 2am now it is for very different reasons. Rarely featuring tequila.)

Mum-Of-Six Still Finds The Time To Be Funniest Woman On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents

Every parent knows that it only takes one child in your house to make you feel like your life is going into complete meltdown, you’ll never be in co...

Social Media Isn't Always A True Reflection of Life - Why Do We Have To Be So Controversial

Bev Ridyard | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bev Ridyard

So here's to the next 1,180 days. I've come too far to let the side down now. Whatever stage of parenthood you are at, it's never too late to up your game. And I know your kids will thank you...

My Mum Story - 1,180 'Ordinary And Everyday' Photos By Mother's Day

Bev Ridyard | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bev Ridyard

On Thursday 2nd January 2014, when we had our twelve week scan for our first baby, I decided to take a photo every day. That's right. Every day. This new, wonderful chapter that I had dreamed of was about to happen and I was not going to let it pass me by. I'm not a massive fan of getting in photos but I knew that if I didn't do this, I couldn't turn the clock back.