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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.

A Mum's Experience Of Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jennifer Gilmour

Having children changes your life in so many ways, not least because you acquire a protective instinct that makes you want to protect them from harm or hurt. I remember feeling this protectiveness instantly when my first child was born.

This Guy's Mum Hasn't Quite Got The Hang Of Whatsapp And The Internet Thinks It's Hilarious

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Technology can be baffling for the best of us. But when it comes to parents, there’s an entirely new level of confusion. One mum has adorably proven...

12 Mother’s Day Quotes That Will Make You Want To Call Your Mum

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Granted we are often guilty of forgetting to tell our nearest and dearest just how much we love them (even when they drive us up the wall), but Mother...

I Understand Not Wanting Children

J.J. Barnes | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I'll hasten to point out that I don't in any way regret my decision to be a mother.  This is not a "what a mistake" type thought.  Indeed, I truly wouldn't have it any other way and if I went back in time I'd still have sex with my idiot ex-husband at the same time on the same day to make sure that the exact same little human was produced from that union.  That doesn't take away my understanding however.

How Do You Tell Your Children You Have A Mental Illness

Tina McGuff | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

It took many years to become 'normal', whatever that is. Once I had finished therapy, inpatient and outpatient treatments, ending all mediations, I felt I was finally mentally fit and ready to take on the world.

Leaving Memories

J.J. Barnes | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
J.J. Barnes

I have a mirror that my grandmother made, books that were my mothers, a cardigan knitted by my aunt. I have trinkets and jewellery, bits and pieces about the place, some with material value and others just sentimental, all of which serve to remind me of my past and where I came from, things which I keep mainly for their worth just to me.

Every Day My Daughter Dies - Parenting With Anxiety

J.J. Barnes | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I don't know if this is specific to my own type of anxiety, if it's common amongst those who suffer in general, or if it's just standard in even the most calm natured of mothers, but every day I have to process my daughter's death.

Mum Stages Photoshoot To Show Daughter She Is More Beautiful Than Frozen's Elsa

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents

For any parent, building their children’s confidence is an important part of helping them grow up, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy. Now on...

I'm Back! A Little Explanation For My Relative Silence!

Claire Lynch | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lynch

So you'll probably all have noticed that I haven't been around for a while; or perhaps you hadn't noticed but now I come to mention it... but I'm going to indulge myself and pretend that you had all most definitely noticed my absence, even if you hadn't missed my ramblings.