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

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

Charity of the month May 2018: Scope

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Header image: a young girl in a wheelchair is drawing a picture outside next to a field of sheep while her mum crouches next to her to look at her drawing. (Charity of the month May 2018: Scope - Letters to my Daughter)

I’ve wanted to start a charity of the month campaign for a while. I’ve mentioned plenty of charities in my posts and have started trying to give more money to charity in acknowledgement of my privilege. With great power comes great responsibility and all that… Well perhaps I don’t have great power, but since I have a blog that apparently … 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

Dear Daughter: Don’t worry

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Dear daughter, Don’t worry, it will all be ok. I was once approached in the high street by a young man with a clipboard. He said he was fundraising for Marie Curie who support people with terminal illness, and wanted to know if I’d sign up to donate regularly. He seemed really nervous – not the usual brash, confident type … Read More

Extreme me-time – leaving my toddler for 5 days

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Extreme me-time   Last weekend I went to Spain… For 5 days… On my own… I went for some extreme me-time. If you haven’t heard the story already, I was having a particularly bad time with my mental health a few weeks ago. A friend suggested I could do with getting away for some me-time somewhere hot on my own … Read More

9 brilliant blog posts to empower mums

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My mission with Letters to my Daughter is to empower mums to be confident, capable, kind and resilient women, setting a positive example for our daughters. Mums are amazing. You are amazing. Raising little people to become confident, capable, kind and resilient adults is no mean feet, but mums accept the challenge everyday, and we never give up. Even the … Read More

Why happy mum, happy child isn’t as simple as it seems

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Happy mum, happy child. We’ve all heard it a hundred times… that we need to take care of ourselves if we want to effectively take care of our children. And I agree… to a degree. But there’s something about the blanket statement that makes me feel a little uneasy. Like the ‘breast is best‘ mantra that seems innocent enough at first glance, … Read More