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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.

Living Life In The Slow Lane: The Boredom Of A Single Parent

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

It occurred to me the other day that I don't really see myself as a 'widower' anymore. Nothing about losing my wife feels any different, but it's only really when I have to fill in the marital status section of some sort of form that I think, Oh shit! That's me!

Still A Long Way To Go For Women In Sport

Jaimie Fuller | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Sport
Jaimie Fuller

One of the big issues we'll be focusing on in sport this year is around issues of equity and women's sport. It may be something that's been around for a while but we still have a way to go to get it right.

Funny S**t New Mums Do

Amy Ransom | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

The other day I found a diary that I barely remember writing. It's full of entries to my first-born documenting our first year together. It's going to be serialised. Oh, hang on a minute, no it's not... because it's the DULLEST READ EVER. Full of crazy s**t I did and how much I loved her.

If You're Happy And You Know It

Lorna Hayward | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

I know I've said it before, nevertheless, I think it's always beneficial to recap. I set sail on my blog voyage as a cathartic way to liberate some head space -to get it all out there (lord help me, and perhaps you) and indulge my ramblings. But possibly, more often than not, offload and sometimes have a good moan.

The Supersonic Senses Of Parenthood

Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin

You will suddenly realise that, you never knew what it feels like to really be touched and touch: the top of your baby's head, their tiny little hands wrapped around your finger. The tickle of your child's breath as they whisper into your ear. When they want to be lifted and carried all around town.

There's No Truer Love Than A Mother - Daughter Love

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

If Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher have shown us anything (and they have both shown us so much during their lives) it's that true love exists in the everyday of life. It doesn't have to be a big, Romeo and Juliet style affair. It is in the simple love between a parent and their child.