UK Parenthood

First Baby Versus Second Baby... What You REALLY Need to Know.

Helen Wallen | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Second time around things are different... Good different... bad different... sometimes 'I'm gonna have to stop breast-feeding right now because my toddler just took a shit in the middle of Costa' different... but definitely different.

What DOES a Mum Look Like?

Susie Verrill | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents
Susie Verrill

Fundamentally, I think being honest about motherhood means accepting women of all shapes, sizes and looks can give birth, without putting a label on what a 'real' mum looks like. A real mum is a woman who looks after her child and if she does that looking flipping fantastic or does it wearing yesterday's mascara then who are we to judge?

Good Mums Have Sticky Floors!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Yes it may look a bit messy when you pop round for a cuppa but that isn't because I have sat on my backside watching day time tv all day. It is because I have spent time playing with my kids, helping them with their homework, or preparing a family meal for us all to sit round the table and eat later.

The Circus of Parenthood

Hannah Clarke | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

There are no sick days as a parent no matter how cruddy or sleep-deprived or manic you may feel. In said state of cruddy, sleep-deprived mania, I decided that being a parent is like being a one-man circus for both mums and dads. Here's why.

Prison Break

Katy Wright | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

Having recently watched Orange is the New Black on Netflix, I can honestly say that a stint in prison at this moment in time would do me the world of good. Here's why.

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.

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Katy Wright | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

I then started thinking about all of the things that trouble me about my child, all of the niggling worries that I have about his development, his health and well being. I realised that I'm worrying over absolutely NOTHING. My fears are simply outrageous.

The Crazy Things Kids Say

Vicki Marinker | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

I have two amazing, bright, funny, gorgeous boys,. One is eight and the other is six. Over the years they've said some weird and hilarious things - as I'm sure all kids do. Not being on social media yet, they won't have noticed that I've been documenting all of these conversations...

Five Things I've Enjoyed About Motherhood That I Never Thought I Would

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Not all Mums are negative automatons. It depends what type of day they're having. It just seems to me (as a Mum) that much of what I write (and read) covers more of the bummed out side of parenting. And all to often I speak to other parents and they seem to be complaining a lot too.

Sleep Deprivation - How to Cope!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

Being a mum of four young boys means that a good nights sleep is well and truly a thing of the past. So, over the past eight years I have had to develop a good coping strategy or I think I would have literally gone insane.

My First Poonami Experience

Toni Welch | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Toni Welch

In order to recover from my introduction into poonami land, we sat on the bed and played together for a bit. Mainly so I could convince myself that she was actually cute and not just a poo spraying devil creature.

Three Ways to Reduce Stress in the Morning

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

If you're one of those people that lack this disciplined morning routine and attempt to choose and iron your clothes, eat your breakfast, interact on social media, get the kids ready, pack your lunch, shower, reply to international emails, fuel the car and still remain calm then the chances are that the following tips will massively change your life for the better.

Why the HELL Is My Baby Not Doing This Yet?

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

When I came home from hospital with my first baby I became obsessed with everything being 'normal.' Is what my baby doing normal? Am I normal? Is this normal, is that normal?

Where Did I Sign Up for This?

Kim Davies | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Where did I sign up for the indentured servitude that is picking up everyone else's undies, wee-sodden pull ups and a shipwrecked flotilla of toenail clippings from the bathroom floor?

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - Five Things You Need to Know

Olivia Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression in fathers does exist. There are many factors, both situational and physiological, which can affect a father's mood both before and after a baby is born, and yet it's an area of parenting which is often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals and parents alike.

Lager on the Loo: Seven Habits to Leave on Holiday

Jess Paterson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

We are waiting for the kids to fall asleep so we can drink like civilized people: sitting on the corridor outside the cabin. The depths to which one sinks as a parent never cease to amaze. We could have just gone to bed at the same time as the children and listened to them not falling asleep. But we are on Holiday!

Five Things That Will NOT Help Your Child Do Well at School

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

It's fast-approaching that time of year when many parents will be preparing to send their little ones off to school or pre-school for the very first time...

Breastfeeding Confidential: It's Hard, It Hurts, and Everyone Should Know It

Jessica Shortall | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Whatever the reasons that we are being kept in the dark on the difficulties and practical how-to's of breastfeeding, it's time we take control of the dialogue. If you've ever breastfed, and have a pregnant friend, sit her down and tell her about the difficult parts of breastfeeding.

Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

Rachel Kelly | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

I have been forced by mental ill-health to impose limits on the way I live. I've replaced life in an office with freelance writing and voluntary work in prisons and hospitals supporting those with poor mental health: I am entirely the beneficiary, given the well known benefits of trying to help others.

It's Time to Stand Up for Childhood

Rupert Read | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rupert Read

The rights of children in the UK are under threat from advertising and our growing digital and screen-based lifestyle. It is time we unmask advertising and place it where it belongs: beside pornography, as a real threat to childhood. We must get kids back outdoors again.

Building a Family Through International Surrogacy

Daisy Organ | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Daisy Organ

Building a family should be a time of excitement, anticipation, exhilaration and all sorts of other emotions. By taking a few small steps to prepare beforehand there is no reason why international surrogacy can't be a safe and happy start to parenthood.

10 Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changes Your Life

Alex Manson-Smith | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Manson-Smith

Everybody knows about the big changes that happen, post-parenthood. The exhaustion and lack of sex - these are well documented. But it's the smaller things that make you really want to take a look at yourself.

Mother's Day Pamper at Home

Amanda Elias | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Firstly, go through all of your Mum's beauty products and see what you can use. If your Mum is like mine she'll have products bought as gifts that she just never gets around to using- just make sure they're still in date. Do this before Mother's Day to allow time to buy anything you need.

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Nigel Farage Proves That Sexism in the City Is Alive and Well

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Within weeks of joining the bank, I became aware of barriers to my progress that were simply not there for my male equivalents. Women weren't given a chance to prove themselves, men bonded in strip clubs, women were paid less than their male counterparts, sexist 'banter' ruled - and that was before I even noticed what was happening to the one other female executive in my department, who had just had a baby.