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Why New Mums Will Always Break My Heart

Laura Clark | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

It's been more than three years since I had my son but every time I hear a new mum talk about the incredible, instant bond she has with her newborn, or how she's never been happier or how she feels more fulfilled than ever before it's like a tiny stab to my chest.

Things You Should Know About Owning a Threenager...

Helen Wallen | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Planning on eating out...?! Don't. It's a trap... The iPad doesn't work anymore... you better set aside some time to mourn this period of your life. You won't be going to cafes/restaurants/out of your living room for playdates anymore.

The Reality of Decluttering With a Family

Helen Bryce | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

The whole de-cluttering thing is everywhere at the moment and I'm sold on the concept, it totally makes sense but I'll be honest I struggle with the reality.

Things You Should Know About Owning a Toddler...

Helen Wallen | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Yep. Toddlers. If your baby has just 'levelled up' you should really know what you're dealing with... So here's my handy list of everything you should know about owning one...

Don't Call Me a Busy Working Mum

Catherine Mann | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Catherine Mann

In our fairly bog-standard journey to parenthood, there has been one solitary inevitable given in the combination of family life with employment: that it would be me who would need some period away from work while the babies made their exits.

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.

The Top Seven Poo-Poos That Your Child WILL Do Do!

Katy Cox | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Katy Cox

There are countless parenting blogs out there covering a wealth of standard topics like breastfeeding, which pram is the best to buy and how to manage toddler tantrums etc, but no one seems to have covered the subject of poo.

Hat Avoidance and Other Key Skills for Babies and Toddlers This Winter

Helen Wallen | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Winter is coming.... (well, actually it's here.) And with it... *shudders* ... mittens. So below is an essential list of key skills for all babies, t...

How To Be A Great Working Mum

Helen Thorn | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Juggling motherhood and a career can be tough, according to every article about juggling motherhood and a career ever. But it's important to remember that being a parent can have its advantages in the workplace.

Five Tips for Managing Anxiety During the Festive Period

Laura Clark | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

Dealing with any depression or mental health issue during a time of general good cheer and celebration can be markedly more challenging than at other times. The Christmas period, although wonderful, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming too. Here are my top five tips for reducing symptoms and improving mood.

We Give Them Wings So They May Fly!

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I had four older brothers and as the only girl in the family, my mother and I had a close relationship. I left home when I was 21 and not once did my mother voice any concerns or worries, but whole heartedly showed her support, realising it was time for me to find my own way.

Rainy Day Activities for Lazy Mums and Dads

Helen Wallen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

I know the days spent entertaining the baby and toddler at home by myself are likely to increase now that winter is on it's way... As I can't be arsed to find the rain-cover and spend several hours working out how to re-attach the foot-muff to the buggy. So. Here's my guide to making the most of the rainy days stuck in the house with small people...

10 Things About Parenthood That Can 'Get Stuffed'

Helen Thorn | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Just as sweets are classified as a 'sometimes' food, brushing hair is a 'sometimes' activity. Obviously that doesn't mean letting the kids grow their own dreadlocks, but does it really matter if they leave the house with a bit of a birds-nesty look occasionally?

The Truth About Autism Parenting

Nicole Thomas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Nicole Thomas

I don't see my son's autism as bad thing, nor do I see it as a superpower. My innate operating system is Windows 8. He runs on OS X. I basically understand OS X, it just takes me a while to sometimes 'get' it. He thinks Windows 8 is fucking idiotic and makes no sense whatsoever. Perhaps he has a point.

Adele On Motherhood: 'It's F****ing Hard'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Parents

Adele has opened up about how becoming a mum has affected her. In her first interview in three years, the 27-year-old singer admitted she once thou...

Heartbeats and Heartache

Sophia Walker | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Like most of my friends, I waited till my mid thirties to procreate. My body was more than ready, but mentally I was just about there. Whatever medicine, or medics tell us, no woman can put down roots until she is ready. And at 35, I was only just about there, but I also knew the risks that being 'older' would bring with it.

Forced Goodbye

Fila Magnus | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fila Magnus

Being a family that barely ever celebrates birthdays, you've been known to give the worst of gifts - from mugs to absolutely nothing, but this time, daddy, just 8 days before, you forced me to bury you into the ground, and say goodbye - for forever.

Have I Made a Big Mistake Having Kids in My Twenties?

Christina Franks | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents
Christina Franks

Aged nearly 35, with my youngest daughter turning seven tomorrow, it hasn't escaped my notice that many of my other friends from uni are embarking on their first pregnancy. And it's sparked something of an existential crisis.

The Alternative Weaning Guide for Second Babies...

Helen Wallen | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

As you can imagine, I've been keen to have a different experience this time... one that is less utterly disgusting, unrewarding and doesn't end with me sobbing into the Annabel Karmel recipe book with partly digested banana in my fringe whilst inhaling hobnobs in the downstairs toilet at 6pm every evening.

The Alternative Baby Glossary... (Contains No Gloss and Lots of Disappointment)

Helen Wallen | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Parenting is like an entirely new language... and unless you're already fluent in babbling your way through a baby-wearing growth-spurt with confused nipples then you'll probably need to read this. (with a gin.)

The Truth About Bank Holidays With Kids

Jessica Brown | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

The hey-days of all night parties and boozy lunches that roll until midnight are a hazy memory. Bank holiday weekends with kids is a whole new level of stamina. If you're impressed you can rave til dawn the baby all-nighter is going to push you to the edge...and then some.

Mum-Xercise: A Knackered Mummy of Two's Guide... (Contains Anger, Cake, Gin, and Angry Gin-Cake)

Helen Wallen | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

I promised myself once I'd had baby number two, I'd finally sort it out... Start looking after myself better; eating well, exercising regularly, drinking less wine at breakfast... and other such ridiculousness... *laughs manically whilst knocking back a shot of gin to the face*

What They Don't Tell You About Motherhood

Adele Armstrong | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Parents
Adele Armstrong

You might think you've died and gone to heaven after having a baby and want another one straight away and you might think : never again! Both are acceptable.

My Top 10... Tips for Surviving Sleep Deprivation

Hannah Clarke | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

The phrase "Sleep like a baby" should be outlawed in my opinion and anyone who dares utter it in the company of a sleep-deprived parent should be forced to babysit at least one night a month and pay for said sleep-deprived parents to have a date night. Or a full night's sleep in a hotel...

Introducing the 'Buggy Face Off'

Daniel Rourke | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Rourke

We've all been there, waiting to get through a door whilst streams of people walk through it. Hardly anyone lets anyone through, and the term "ladies...