Frankenmom: Experiments on my child monster

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A dark sky with a lightning bolt striking the eart. a black and white dramatic close up of a wide eye sits translucently on top. The heading sits in the foreground Frankenmom: Experiments on my child monster - Letters to my Daughter

My own experiments on my child monster began the day I found out she existed. Like a scientist, I began methodically studying the available body of evidence. I made calculated decisions to help me get closer to the elusive goal of ‘perfect parent’ of ‘perfect child’. I spent days reading endless articles and blog posts. Bolting together the latest nutrition … Read More

Help! I’m a feminist but my daughter wears pink

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Pink owl themed baby booties sit on a pile of folded pink and white baby clothes and blankets behind a headin that says Help! I'm a feminist but my daughter wears pink - Letters to my Daughter

Gender stereotyping really grinds my gears. I celebrated when John Lewis released a line of gender neutral clothes, and looked for forward thinking children’s clothing brands who didn’t make every pair of girls’ shorts the shortest things ever. During pregnancy I swore that my daughter would very rarely wear pink. She would be a tiny bastion of feminism and shirk … Read More

Can you be a body positive mum and still want to change yourself?

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Can you be a body positive mum and still want to change yourself? - Letters to my Daughter

Body positivity is a big thing right now, and it’s wonderful to see. Being a body positive mum is so important to me because I want to set a good example for Dee. I don’t want her to grow up to be uncomfortable in her own skin and striving for other people’s beauty standards. Because she is a beautiful soul … Read More

Hey mama, how are you?

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Header image: a woman sits at a metal table outside, holding a white mug in her hands. Her face is out of shot but her brown hair falls over her shoulder. (Hey mama, how are you? - Letters to my Daughter)

Hey mama, I know you’re busy. I know you’ve got a million plates spinning and a hundred balls in the air and you feel like if you stop to take a breath then everything will come crashing down around you and it will all be your fault. But I promise the world won’t end if you pause a while to … Read More

Dear Daughter: A smile costs nothing

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Header image: white text on blue rectange, in the background is a smiling toddler girl wearing an orange tshirt and spiderman sunglasses and baseball cap. She is standing infront of a small waterfall. (Dear Daughter: A smile costs nothing - Letters to my Daughter)

Dear Daughter, You might not know but I used to work for an insulation company when I first finished uni. I was always very formal on the phone with customers and colleagues. I was a professional and wanted to play the part. Daddy still mocks me for my telephone voice! Then Shell came along. Shell was the person at head … Read More

Mindful Monsters – Mindfulness for children

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Collaborative post. What is Mindful Monsters? Mindful Monsters is a monthly subscription pack created by Scope (my charity of the month by the way!), which encourages children to practice mindfulness. In my other job working in occupational health, I frequently preach about the benefits of mindfulness for adults. At our last staff away day, I arranged a mindfulness workshop for our … Read More

How to encourage your child to drink water with WUBL

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Header image. A carton of WUBL water sits on a broken stree stump on a window sill with grass visible in the background. (How to encourage your child to drink water with WUBL - Letters to my Daughter)

Collaborative post I never thought I would have to try so hard to encourage my child to drink water instead of juice. I had such good intentions when she was born to never give her juice and make water her staple drink. If she doesn’t drink anything else, she won’t miss it…I thought. Then she started having a little sip … Read More

5 reasons why it’s OK for parenting not to come naturally

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It’s something we take for granted before we have children – that we’ll take to motherhood like the proverbial duck to water. But it doesn’t always work that way, and you know what? …it’s OK for parenting not to come naturally. I recently overheard a new mum say she thought becoming a parent would be the most natural thing in … Read More

Why kids should do chores (Guest Post)

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Header image: Toddler cleans floor with toy flat mop (Why kids should do chores - Letters to my Daughter)

A warm welcome this week to my first guest blogger, Zowie Ashton from Flat Clean London who has a passion for all things cleaning and organising! I shared a post on the Letters to my Daughter Facebook page a couple of weeks ago asking parents to choose between getting a full 8 hours sleep every night, having a self cleaning … Read More