I often say “they don’t tell you about this in the parenting books”. I think this is probably my motherhood quote and what sums up my parenting journey so far. It’s hard when you realize no matter hard you try, that you can’t always protect your kids. That sometimes you will get things wrong or […]READ MORE
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If your kids aren’t learning to do chores round the house, more fool you…
My kids are almost 10 and 13. We have instituted some rules. They do chores “I AM NOT THE MAID” is something that I have, ahem, yelled, a few times, mostly during the school holidays when I feel like my kids have started to take the presence of their mother, aka the cook, cleaner, provider […]READ MORE
It’s all hard, but it will be ok.
When you have children, be they newborn, toddler, threenager, school age, heading into the tween years or fully in the teen years, you have times where you feel like it’s HARD. Each stage brings new things, new developments, new growth, new learning both for you and your child, but it can also seem incredibly challenging. […]READ MORE
Mother’s Day. Dear Mum. Thank you and I’m sorry.
Today is Mother’s Day here in the UK. There are many of us going through Mother’s Day, today, without our mums. The loss of my mother has impacted my life, the way I view things, and how I parent. For those of you mothering on Mother’s Day, with the pain of loss, be it an […]READ MORE
Those earrings. Handing down memories.
Those earrings. Given to me by my parents when I was the same age as her. Made from a piece of jewellery my mother had broken up and made into a first pair of “good earrings” for me. Real stones. Diamonds and rubies. Worn for special occasions. Treasured as “proper jewellery”. Kept by me, hidden […]READ MORE
I’m still here. To my daughter on this big day…
To my daughter. Today is a big day. It’s a big day for you and a big day for us, and me. You are going off on a new adventure. Growing up. I’m sure it was only yesterday I dropped you off for your first day at nursery school and cried my heart out as […]READ MORE
Find your tribe…
Find your tribe, and if you can’t find one, start one… Parenting and motherhood can be a lonely place. It isn’t meant to be but for a lot of women, signing up to the motherhood club can land you in a place where you find your circumstances make you feel very isolated and frustrated. Motherhood […]READ MORE
And just like that…
Just like that, your kids grow up. One minute you are changing their nappies and worrying that they will never be potty trained and the next minute you are dealing with sending them off to secondary school, letting them spread their wings and go off without you and face the world with less of your […]READ MORE
If you are young enough that I could have given birth to you…
Then you probably need to take my advice. Yees, you. You’re young enough that I actually could have given birth to you. When you were in nappies, I was already changing them. When you were at school I was taking kids to school. When you were at university I’d already had a baby. You’ve got […]READ MORE
Kindness is key for new mums
Lack of sleep and ‘me’ time, new responsibilities, reduced self-confidence and the battle to lose baby weight are among the hardest things of being a new mum Over half of new mums expect others to show kindness with one in ten revealing it’s the most important personality trait Despite one third of new mums experiencing […]READ MORE