I'm childfree-by-choice, but as my life fills with young female friends, I find myself thinking about what I want to pass on to them - in a wise-woman way. If I'd had a daughter when I was thirty, she would be eighteen now. So these are the things I'd like to say to her, and weirdly, lots of them are things my mother said to me...
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.
For the mums who are starting out their journey, parenting a child with special needs, incase we don't bump into each other in the parent's kitchen here are the things I need you to know, from a mum who once was feeling the same as you...
Parents at her children's school have been shocked by the developments. "We always knew she wasn't the most organised or involved of mothers but this is a shock," said one who did not wish to be named.
A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.
Here to make sense of Millennial motherhood, our guest editors Rochelle Humes and Tess Daly will be taking over HuffPost UK Parents for the day. Beyond their editorship, Tess and Rochelle are also fronting our new AOL Original series Being Mum, where they interview other celebrity mums on the challenges they face. The ladies chat to Emma Bunton about her fertility scare, Alesha Dixon on why she felt she had to hide her pregnancy from Britain's Got Talent bosses and Jade Jagger's scary school car run crash.
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...
The Toddler has taken a sudden interest in watching films. She has not, however, taken an interest in what films are actually called. The Toddler has developed a couple of alternative methods for identifying the film she wants to watch.
I've been called selfish most of my life. A privileged only child, unable to share, I once involuntarily jabbed my friend's hand with my fork when she nicked a french fry from my plate. It was pure instinct (I swear!)
Since becoming a Mama, a couple of my friends have mentioned in passing that they would love me to be their Mum because I'm so fun (how cool is that?)
We all had a great time. The kids had a blast, playing cricket, getting muddy, having water fights and toasting marshmallows. We enjoyed good food, entertaining company and the great outdoors. Will I go camping again? If it's sunny, yes.
Parenthood isn't the hardest thing on earth, it is wonderful and brings with it a lot of joy. However it is the emotional torture we put ourselves through continually that beings to weigh us down, or gives us the feeling of being mentally and physically tired.
Dear Diary...The Mother has been looking far too confident and relaxed lately, I need to remind her who's actually in charge around here. No more Little Miss Nice. Over the course of one day I will bring this woman to her knees, with my simple Eight Point Plan.
My daughter made it clear, from a very young age, who her favourite parent was. I'll give you a hint: it wasn't Daddy. At the weekends, she would tell him to go away, to go to work. She only wanted Mummy.
It dawned on me, quite early into my Peppa Pig watching days (I'm heading into my fourth year now), that everything is really quite lovely in the small town where Peppa and her family live.
Announce with great excitement that it's time to be a big boy/girl to your child. Jump up and down in the air like Tigger on speed as you whip open a Primark bag stuffed with brand new big boy/girl pants.