This is why I was terrified of my new baby

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I’m not afraid to admit, I was terrified when we brought D home from the hospital. It was inconceivable that a new baby, a whole tiny helpless life, was entrusted to our untrained, untested care. There were no definitive guide books, no rules. We had ultimate power and ultimate responsibility. We didn’t know what the hell we were doing. For a … Read More

My week of #parentpride

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Celebrating our achievements as parents is often low down on our lists… somewhere between washing the curtains and cleaning the light switches. (I hear people do these things…?!) You may have already seen my parent pride post which challenges us to take a week to actively notice, log and celebrate our parenting wins, no matter how small, because we don’t often … Read More

Parent guilt? It’s time for parent pride!

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Why does parent guilt exist? There are so many blogs and articles and leaflets and medical professionals and people who think they’re medical professionals and scientists and studies and well meaning family members and friends and even strangers in the supermarket who will gladly tell you how to parent your child. When D was tiny, I would hold her gently … Read More

Can gender neutral clothes really cause mental health problems for children?

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John Lewis recently announced they are removing gender labelling from their own brand children’s clothing, and removing gender specific signage in their stores. Personally I think this is a fantastic step forward but the internet has, naturally, been pretty divided about it. Scrolling through Twitter however, the complaints that shocked me most were those claiming that this will cause mental health … Read More