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

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

Why I got my daughter a wooden spoon for Christmas

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I read a heartfelt post recently by Wendy from Naptime Natter about PND at Christmas. It got me thinking about the pressure parents can put on themselves to make Christmas perfect for their children, even when they’re really tiny. Be it going all out on decorations, chasing down every last item on the baby gift guides, taking them to ALL the Christmas … Read More

Domestic violence: How to speak out if you’re not a victim

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I have never been a victim of domestic violence and for that, I am truly and immeasurably grateful. I can only imagine the pain and suffering, but I know those thoughts are but an ill-formed shadow of what real victims endure, and unlike these brave women, my thoughts can be switched off. October is domestic violence awareness month. I’ve read some … 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