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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. 

The Uncanny Similarities Between Marathon Running And Childbirth

Aisling Gray | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Like marathon training, though, pregnancy ultimately reaps the rewards but it can be a long slog, which often requires gritted teeth and a quiet determination to push through.

Slow Down, You're Moving Too Fast!

Katharine Hill | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

The light bulb moment came when I listened to someone giving a talk entitled 'Rhythms of life'. The speaker talked about the tyranny of busyness and the frantic pace of life that we lead, which not only takes its toll on us, but sucks everyone around us into our spinning vortex.

Mumpreneurs - What A Load Of B*llocks

Jo Love | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Love

If asked, many so-called 'mumpreneurs' will admit the initial transition to self-employment was not as a result of a positive choice, but as a frustrated response to inhospitable workplace cultures, the rising cost of childcare, inflexible work schedules, poor quality part-time jobs, and discriminatory attitudes

Welcome To Parenthood

Tom McIlvenny-Cox | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tom McIlvenny-Cox

My two best friends are having a baby and I couldn't be more happy for them. I even cried when I saw the first signs of a bump. They are girls and we are boys but we are so similar, maybe that's why we get on so well.

Surviving Playgroups

Vicki Coombe | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

They are also pretty intimidating at first though; walking into a room of strangers, fears of cliques and the fact you are transported back to an irrational school child fear that no one will like you

Lessons From My Daughter

Michelle Gant | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

In all your beautiful newness, your freshness tangible, I feel daunted by the task ahead. As I look upon your face, your eyelids flickering uncertainly, I realise that there is so much you need to learn. Lying in my arms, so helpless and fragile, I promise to be your guide upon the journey to becoming you. And I think: there are so many things that I must teach you.

The Truth About Post-Birth

Meagan Jukes | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Meagan Jukes

But then I lost it. Where did the overwhelming rainbow feeling go? I lay in bed with my 2 day old son who keeps licking his lips at me. He doesn't love me. He doesn't know who I am. He just wants milk.

Remember When You Thought You Had It Bad...

Zeyna Sanjania | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Zeyna Sanjania

Do you remember? Remember when you thought you had it bad? When your food got cold because you had spent too long trying to get a good Instagram shot of it?

Bad Moms - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Carina Maggar

With talk of houmous and gluten free this and that, Bad Moms is the most American, middle class depiction of motherhood but as long as you know this before seeing it, you'll enjoy it. Thankfully, Kunis' beautiful, mesmerising, gigantic eyes are enough to distract you from the filo pastry thin plot and lack of gags.

Losing A Parent When Pregnant

Rebecca Moseley | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Moseley

thriving families.jpg So here we are, hoping for better days, for the grief to ease a little and for the sleepless nights to rush by; but at the same time wanting to press the pause button on my two little miracles. Just stop and live in the moment, breathe in the warm, baby scent of N, and delight in M's transformation into a proud big sister, so independent already but still needing her mummy.

Surviving the Loss of a Child

Jennifer Reid | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jennifer Reid

thriving families.jpg The pain of losing Eddie will always be with us. I don't believe grief every goes away, it just changes shape over time. We will always work tirelessly on Teddy's Wish to keep our promise to Eddie. He may not be here but he is here in spirit and I will always be a parent to both of my boys..

#PayBeautyForward

Meagan Jukes | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Meagan Jukes

The beautiful belly that rolls over your jeans is beautiful. The gorgeous scar tissue that has stretched in order for your perfect yet unperfect child to be alive. To be breathing. To be laughing. Is beautiful. The slightly droopy eye that you try to cover with eyeliner is beautiful.

Put Your Judgement Where the Sun Don't Shine

Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents
Franziska Foerster Mcloughlin

I know when I'm being judged. And it stings. The judger only sees a snapshot of my parenting or my kids, or an interaction that is missing context. I am parenting 24/7 with 4 little ones running circles around me, all of them at different stages in their development with different demands, challenges, and different temperaments. I encounter many judge-worthy situations. Some smaller; some bigger. And I pick my battles wisely. Because you gotta.

Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happy

Meagan Jukes | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Meagan Jukes

Research has found that humans lived a happier existence in past cultures. Back in the day, people who were respected and praised for being a good craftsman, a patriot, a saint, an upright citizen, etc were most happy.

When Depression Wants You Back

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

have this old friend. She occasionally turns up at my door, totally out of the blue. I don't see much of her any more but when she is here, it's like she has never been away. We met shortly after the birth of my eldest child. She came into my life and managed to get her feet firmly under the table.

Coping with Cancer Induced Infertility

Fiona Munro | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

With the help of an incredible friend I have now healed these wounds. I have 'come to terms' with the news and I have now reached the point where I can write about this in the hope of helping others to understand what it feels like, and supporting those who are walking the same journey.

If Only Someone Had Told Me

Karen Hall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

As an antenatal educator, I am often advised of the many ways in which I failed to prepare people for what it's really like to have a baby, and find yourself relentlessly on call to a tyrannical but adored bundle of cute, who speaks no language that you know, and for whose health and well-being you are entirely responsible.