The changes to lifestyle, financial worries, constant sleep deprivation and the pressure of being responsible for a tiny, demanding little person often mean that parents - couples, single parents, mums and dads - can feel socially isolated.
The hospices themselves simply could not afford to do what we do. Without Lifelites these children, for whom every second counts, would miss out on the opportunities which new technology can bring. Because we look after the equipment, hospice staff can concentrate on doing what they do best; caring for the children and their families.
Occasionally, a mother will survive childbirth and middle age to attend their daughter's wedding but these characters have fairly minimal parts - see the interchangeable queens in Sleeping Beauty and Tangled who just stand around looking beautiful and worried. I can't ever imagine a Disney film where a 30 year old woman is the main character.
Well, it has begun. I've heard it talked about so many times by other parents, usually prefixed by a swear word. Our baby is teething! We are now proud members of the club of exhausted parents who can't understand quite why evolution still hasn't made teething less painful for the poor little blighters. Surely there's got to be a better way?!
As someone who was raised in a family that fostered, it's clear that fostering is not just a one-way street. I've seen foster children from my family go on to flourish and succeed, which is why my parents, and many other foster carers do it. According to the Fostering Network, every twenty minutes across the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family. This means that during Foster Care Fortnight alone over 1,000 children will require a foster family.
Being allowed to stay at a Children's Hospice, is one of those things no-one wants to be eligible for. There are lots of these 'clubs'. Small groups of people that deep down we don't want to be like or don't want our life to be like. Being good British folk, we try not to talk about these awkward aspects of life in polite company.
Do you see how instantly, your predictable platitudes become a bit edgy? It is also an excellent idea to describe your blog as 'a bit sweary' or 'partial to profanity', or something equally contrived, somewhere on the homepage to draw in the cursey crowds.
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.
It's been another stellar start to the year for children's picture books. Here are twenty of the best that would made great additions to the bookshelf of any child, school or library.
So, 9 months physical work - feeling sick, having boob pain from hell, lugging around a lead-lined watermelon with a bladder-splatting penchant, what's that worth? It's definitely a 24 hour job, so let's say AT LEAST 2k per month.
Children love to feel secure because it makes them feel happy. We're all happy when we feel safe and secure, and we all feel the opposite when thrust into a changing, unsure situation - though as adults we should be adjusted enough to deal with uncertainty better than our kids.
Nothing can really prepare you for parenthood; but when your baby is born prematurely the time to plan and the excitement and anticipation of a new arrival is dramatically interrupted. Shocked and numb, you suddenly find yourself in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The number of families who now need two wage-earners to keep up with the cost of living in the UK has hit a record high. We also have some of the longest working hours in Europe. But the truth is that when are overwhelmed and overworked, it can wear away at our parenting skills, despite our very best intentions.
Almost a year ago today I found out I was pregnant. As you can tell from the title, my pregnancy was unplanned. VERY unplanned. I say 'very' with umph because in my heart of hearts I do not think I was ready...
Teaching through games as a supplement to traditional methods, can help engage your less-engaged pupils. What shows Newton's First Law of Motion better than an angry bird in a sling shot?
Money management skills shouldn't be learnt in adulthood or when you're already up to your eyeballs in debt, it should be taught when you're a child and the earlier the better!