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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...

Alternate Spa Day for Parents

Yvette Lamb | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Parents
Yvette Lamb

Spa Day - Meditation Alternate Spa Day - Passing out on your child's bedroom floor after the fake 'asleep breathing' you have been performing becomes a dribbling reality as you wait (and wait) for them to nod off.

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 28.05.2016 | 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 15.05.2016 | 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 Cox | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Cox

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 Cox | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Cox

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.