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18 Months Deep

Chloe Dawson | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

18 months is feeling like a huuuge deal to me. As of Friday, the 15th September, my boy is halfway to his 2nd birthday. It's very bittersweet, like it...

You're Everything I Never Imagined And More

Maggie Murray | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

Honestly, I say I wouldn't change Oliver for the world. It's something all parents say isn't it? Regardless of whether your child has additional needs or not.  But I would change him.  I'd change him in a heartbeat. Does that make me a bad mum?  Does it make me selfish?  Quite possibly.  Most definitely.

Will Having A Child Make Me Happier?

Izzy McRae | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Izzy McRae

As I found out before when I researched it, parenthood is not all cute babies and idyllic family photos as Facebook would have you believe. Indeed it seems like there is much more information and evidence around that it is really hard.

The Grief, Hope And Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

Maggie Murray | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

I spent so long getting excited about what life was going to be like with my new little sproglet. Oh the adventures we were going to have and memories we were going to make. But, it didn't go to plan and there's absolutely nothing I could do about it.  I realised, that what I had spent months and months planning, was in fact, nothing but an attractive infatuation.

I Have Something To Confess

Georgia Handley | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Parents
Georgia Handley

I have raised my voice far too often, and felt guilty for as long as it takes one of them to empty the clean clothes all over the floor AGAIN. I have put so much pressure on myself to make the most of the last month before my oldest starts full time school; struggling with the change to come whilst feeling overwhelmed with her being at home with me 24/7.

The Colour Beige: My Battle With A Fussy Eater

Chloe Dawson | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

It's weird because I said when he was tiny that I'd never be a convenience food mum but Harry's forced my hand somewhat. Learning to be adaptable and going with the flow is a huge part of being parent to a toddler and as anyone in the same position will know, sometimes it's just about picking your battles and whatever gives everyone an easier life.

The Mummy-Tribe Trap

Chloe Dawson | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

At first they are there for you but then they slowly fade away. They stop liking your social media posts or acknowledging your messages. You wonder what you've done wrong, you thought they were forever-friends but listen to me, you haven't done wrong. You just aren't convenient anymore.

Deep Breath - Living With Anxiety

Chloe Dawson | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

This week I really want to write about something that is very misunderstood but very widespread. I've suffered with anxiety for a few years now, over half my life and was officially diagnosed after having Harry. I've always been a 'worrier' and an 'over thinker' but the thoughts became poisonous and consuming.

Why I Won't Stay Silent About My Miscarriage

Chloe Dawson | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Dawson

June was truly the worst month of our entire lives but started as the best. We had just found out we were expecting our second baby after only one month of trying. We were surprised but ecstatic. It was something we'd discussed for a while and felt that we were in a good enough place to handle another.

What I'd Tell My First-Time Mum Self

Amy Ransom | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

I look back now at photos of my younger mum self (not just that hilarious post-birth picture) and, beneath the love and contentment, I can still feel how green I was. How unsure I was. I remember that first night at home with her like it was yesterday. 'What on earth do we do with her? Can we put her down, do you think?'.

Eight Days In - Returning To Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

On my first post I introduced myself as mummy to Baby M. It had become my identity and whilst it is still all I really want to be. It's no longer all I am. I am a school leader. And I'm a working mum. I am a mother that juggles two roles and tries to do her best.

We've All Been DUP'ed: The £1Billion Farce

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Lyndsey Stoner

It's all a bit embarrassing really isn't it? £1 billion. There's nothing like a bit of transparent corruption among friends is there. My husband...

Relief It's Over? The First Day Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

So, it's done. The long anticipated day has come and gone. I did it, I left my beautiful girl and went back to work. When I woke up this morning, I fe...

I Thought Cancer Had Left Me Infertile But Today I'm Celebrating Father's Day As A Dad For The First Time

Paul Simms | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Simms

I'm so proud and I have absolutely loved being a dad. Without a doubt, my cancer and being told it would never happen has made me appreciate it even more. There is nothing more rewarding than walking through the front door after a long hard day at work to a beaming smile from Sophie, it's just amazing!

Post Natal Anxiety - My Old Flame

Hayley Gardner | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Gardner

The cruelest trait of anxiety is its ability to creep up and blindside you whilst you're sitting eating your mugshot on a Tuesday afternoon. For me, anxiety started as that feeling of rocking on your chair a little too hard and tipping over the point of balance.

Fears Of A New Mother

Jessica Smith | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

When I discovered that I was pregnant, I was completely over the moon - mainly because I had suffered an eating disorder for many years and although I never spoke about it with anyone, I always had a lingering fear that perhaps the damage I had done to my body internally would be irreversible. But thankfully I was able to fall pregnant naturally.

When It Feels Like The World Is Asking For Too Much

Eleanor Mason | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Eleanor Mason

Give yourself a break. You work so hard every single day, of course one day you were going to burn out. Take some duvet days. Leave the music class 'til next week. Watch a film and don't move from the sofa all day. Go for a long walk in the fresh air, listen to music and just get a bit lost. You can't be switched on 24/7 for 6 months without needing new batteries occasionally.

We Never Give Up Fighting For Our Children

Amanda Alexander | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Alexander

In theory, when sharing a table at a sought-after restaurant, our social manual encourages us to talk around the tricky stuff, snapping away on our mobile phones and naturally sharing our proud moments on social media, but I couldn't quieten the voice that wants to acknowledge their plight.

Night Feeds - When Still Waters Run Deepest

Eleanor Mason | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Eleanor Mason

It's difficult to rouse myself as his cry pierces through the silence, and I beg him to go back to sleep, without daring to glance at the time. At every single wake up I wish we were formula feeding so that my husband could get up and deal with him, leaving me to roll over and go back to sleep.

There May Be Days

Michelle Gant | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

But every day you will feel the love. The pure, infinite, limitless love which beats in you like another organ. The love that is embedded in you, attached to your soul, which can never be removed, no matter what. The love that is now part of your identity, the relentless, all-encompassing love that you have for your child.

Sometimes We All Have It Hard

Aimee Foster | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Sometimes I find being a stay at home mum hard. Sometimes the monotony and isolation can be depressing. Some days I long for adult conversation and the career I almost had. I crave to be more than I am- to be valued, to contribute financially. Granted, I don't always feel that way. Most days, I love my role.

The Most Liberating Piece Of Parenting Advice. Ever

Amy Ransom | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

Because when I asked the other parent, 'How on earth do you entertain them ALL day?' they said, 'We don't. It's not our job to amuse them all of the time. They have to learn to amuse themselves. Out of boredom comes creativity. And when there's no media kids have to find other stuff to do.'

Dad Phrases

Tom Price | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

And there it is. That first moment in the day when you hear your own dad come streaming out of your mouth like a song you long since thought you'd forgotten but in fact remember every single word to. That's right. Dad phrases are exactly like 'Never Ever' by the All Saints (try it - it's in there I guarantee).

Parenthood Helps Us Face Our Demons

Amanda Alexander | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Alexander

After leaving a furniture shop and sighing with relief that we share the same taste in sofas (a major tick in the marriage compatibility box, I'm told) we stumble upon Rachmaninov on our car journey home. It's here that he expresses a hope that our children will truly soak up music.

Welcome To The Motherland

Karen Hall | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Please don't imagine that my point of reference for motherhood is limited to floating around in a cloud of organic breastfeeding loveliness. In fact, I think that might be the core of the dilemma: this question of whether to use the word "mother" is just terribly reductionist, as though motherhood can be only one thing.