I personally have heard, and therefore decided to debunk for the sake of humanity, these particular fibs. Please note the heavy dosage of sarcasm here, I do actually quite like being a parent most of the time. But still...
As your pregnancy progresses towards the halfway mark and you treat yourself to those maternity trousers with the big, stretchy waistband, there is no doubt to you and everyone else that you are expecting.
The wide array of artists had produced an amazing range of different work charting their own responses to their experiences of fertility problems. To have them joined at Birmingham Repertory Theatre by so many leading fertility specialists added another context to the discussion.
Support needs to be sustained and on-going to ensure the child is thriving and healthy, not just physically but mentally. If a mother is depressed or psychotic bonding with her children is going to be challenging, but these phases will pass although at times it might seem like the darkness is never ending.
He is a disloyal, food stealing, baby waking, neighbour visiting, smelly trip hazard... but for some reason we keep him around. The dog came to live with us a year or so before the toddler was born. As a baby, she was fairly disinterested in him, as he was in her (with the obvious exception of meal times).
Are you considering sleep training your baby because of all the recent media reports claiming it is safe? Here are ten reasons why you shouldn't do it!
There is an old saying that you can't pour from an empty cup, but I was shocked at how quickly my ability to support my son was compromised. Something as basic as not eating properly, or sleeping a full night, hell, even something as small as not having open access to hot drinks, add up fast; which I learned to my cost once we moved to the children's ward.
Someone has just handed you one of your internal organs and helpfully informed you that it is now your sole responsibility to keep this organ alive and breathing. Yes, you. You who have just recovered from major surgery/had twenty nine stitches in a delicate part of your anatomy. Good luck with that!
Stress and anxiety about exams can have a big impact on young people's mental health. It can trigger anxiety attacks, depression, tearfulness and even eating disorders. All this can ultimately affect exam performance. In some cases it can lead to self-harm and suicidal feelings.
I thought I would be a no nonsense mum when it came to the 'awkward' or 'embarrassing' things that my children would ask. The big questions. I admire those mums who use the correct words for body parts, I really do. But I can't say penis without giggling.
The practice of carrying babies in soft slings or carriers, known as "babywearing", is becoming more common in modern parenting circles. Truth be told, however, the practice of carrying children is far from newfangled; it is ancient and part of the human story.
We arrived at the hospital to a deserted car park as a contraction struck whilst I sprang out of the car and gathered the necessary kit. Between the car door and the ward entrance, four more contractions came so if you are versed in this malarky, you'll know things were definitely moving.
I always imagined I'd love being a stay-at-home-mum. Although I've always enjoyed working, and I'm pretty good at it, I've never been what you'd describe as a career girl. I assumed once I became a mum I would find my forte in life and never look back. I figured I would eventually go back to work part time but it would be because we needed the money, not because I actually wanted to return.