Frankenmom: Experiments on my child monster

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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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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

Hey mama, how are you?

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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

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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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

20 alternative uses for baby wipes

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We all know baby wipes are great for making tiny bottoms sparkly clean after a poopsplosion or even just a regular poop. (Sorry to talk about poop so early in the post!) But did you know that there are alternative uses for baby wipes that might just make your life a little easier? After all – you’ve always got a … 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

Mums who can’t bake – do it anyway!

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Hi, I’m Alice, and I’m a mum who can’t bake. In fact, many of my kitchen pursuits end up in disaster. In my repertoire so far I have ‘pasta bake soup’, ‘lasagna crisps’, ‘biscuit cake’, and ‘so mustardy it causes physical pain stroganoff’. But you know what? I do it anyway. Now I have a daughter, I bake and cook … Read More