Accepting I am not a failure

Lindsay Fletcher - 13 Jan 18

New Year, a new role and a new me, that’s what we all say right, but 2018 really is the year I’m starting with the acceptance I am not a failure and the unknown of where it may take me. You see I spent...

Teen Mum, Ten Years On

Jessica Parkhouse - 23 Dec 17

I always get a bit emotional on the eve of my son’s birthday…but this year felt like a real landmark as the weight of having been a mother for a whole decade hit me. To mark the occasion and help me process the whole...

Falling Out of Love With Booze

Anniki Sommerville - 9 Jan 18

I know what you’re thinking. Another January ‘detox’ post. And yes I appreciate it’s super boring to yawn on about self-deprivation after all the excess of Christmas. The newspapers are full of it. TV programmes go on about it. The thing is this year,...

365 days in the motherland

Alex Baker-Nurse - 31 Dec 17

As we approach the end of another year it got me thinking about how much our lives have changed since having a baby. I’m not talking about the obvious things like constantly surviving on about 3 hours sleep a night or always looking like...

I’m crap at multitasking and so are you

Suzy Darke - 4 Dec 17

Women are crap at multitasking. Whatever you think you know about the superiority of the female race and our innate ability to perform more than one task at once is, quite frankly, a debilitating myth. Don’t get me wrong, men are utterly crap at...

Party Harder

Fin O'Driscoll - 21 Oct 17

An open letter to children’s entertainers: Dear Silly Sally, Dizzy Izzy, Bonkers Barry et al, I have spent the last 4 years gritting my teeth through endless afternoons filled with balloon animals, clunky magic tricks and of course the inevitable fart noises. I have...

The Myth of The Mum Squad (Or How I Found My Sunshine)

Anna Whitehouse - 19 Sep 17

I was I think, a bad person in the first year of Mae’s life. I would seethe as a mate’s kid started sleeping through the night whilst mine was a foghorn from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. I was so tired I couldn’t see...


Mary-Ellen Krause - 1 Oct 17

Every Three Weeks I Let Cancer Win A Battle

Catherine Wiltcher - 6 Oct 17

On this day, typically the fifth or sixth since my last chemotherapy infusion, every insecurity and unspoken fear of mine wraps their icy fingers around my wrist and drags me deeper and deeper into the abyss. I can’t fight it. I simply don’t have...

On parenting and the conspiracy of silence

Beckyboop - 18 Jul 17

I have had the great privilege recently of knowing not one but two families in the early stages of raising twins. Obviously I can’t speak for them – I can’t even imagine the complexity of such a mammoth task – but one thing I...

Learning to love my body again

Suzy Stanton - 3 Aug 17

Social media is awash at the minute with mothers celebrating their post birth body. They are embracing their lumps, bumps and imperfections because their body created amazing little people. They grew humans inside of them and then brought them into the world to breath...

How we blitzed the nits

Fiona Pennell - 13 Sep 17

It all started with an itch one morning… ‘Mama! My head won’t stop itching!’ screeched my 5-year-old. He’d woken up in floods of tears and was scratching his scalp rigorously. ‘Don’t worry,’ I reassured him. ‘I’m sure it won’t last.’ But it did. In...

Everything I Know About Anxiety

Clemmie Telford - 10 Jul 17

I published a version of this list some time ago. For the last couple of years, I’ve largely had my anxiety under control. Or rather it hasn’t managed to control me. But this week it came back with a vengeance. Probably something to do...

My maternity leave clock is ticking

Chloebythecoast - 4 Sep 17

The Sleepover: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Fiona Pennell - 8 Mar 17

‘Can come for a sleepover, please! Pretty pleeeeeeeeeeease!’ As my two boys get older, I’m beginning to hear this a lot. And I get it. I get that they want to act all grown up and stay up late, turn their...

A Powerful Message from My Teen Girl to all Teen Girls

Lauren Derrett - 21 Apr 17

So, I run this thing called This Girl is Enough. It’s a non-profit, women only movement that encourages women to shine their light into the world and challenges them to love themselves and other women a little more. I spent most of my life...

Talking ‘Bout My Generation!

Mama Turg - 10 Nov 17

WARNING: Apologies if my blog title has attracted a lot of The Who fans! This is not my intention. I’m 34, that’s right, a child of the 80’s… Hubba Bubba, scrunchies, slouch socks and cassettes…to name a few are my childhood memories. As I...

Seven things I love about McDonald’s

Georgina Fuller - 6 Jul 17

I know, I know, no self-respecting, half-decent parent who worries about their children getting their obligatory five a day, would ever admit to being partial to a Mc Donald’s or taking their kids there on a regular basis, would they? I don’t think my...

Lisa Barry - 14 Nov 15

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Molly Gunn - 22 Nov 17

Did you watch Motherland? The BBC comedy written by Sharon Horgan. I loved it… and it resonated. Especially in the last episode when the...

Be kind online

Kate The Muddled Mum - 5 Nov 17

We’ve all heard the mantra, “Be kind, always”. But when it comes to how we behave online, it can be easy to forget to...


A F*ck-It List for 2017

Rebellious Mum - 1 Jan 17

I’ve decided: 2017 is going to be different. After a long hard look at...

Happy, Healthy, Kind

Fin O'Driscoll - 28 Dec 16

I recently went swimming with my 4 year old daughter. Winter is definitely the...

No Resolutions No Regrets

Sarah Jarman - 28 Dec 16

As the world waves goodbye to yet more famous icons it seems everyone is...


The Christmas Food Coma

Guilty Mother - 28 Dec 17

So there you have it. The enormous build up and the kids have ripped...

Mini break with mini me

Hannah Harris - 18 Dec 17

Last week my daughter turned 4. Every birthday she’s had has felt monumental, in...

Bye bye baby stage

Helen Chandler - 14 Dec 17

My baby girl is about to turn three. Not such a baby anymore. She...

Stay At Home Mum Problems

notaneffingfairytale - 13 Dec 17

Okay, so while I have done various things over the years working for myself,...


Mummy doesn’t feel well.

Kate The Muddled Mum - 14 Dec 17

Mental Illness. It’s still not completely OK to talk about is it? We are...


Mums On the Razz

HurrahforGin - 28 Oct 16

*** Please note that ALL characters and events in this story are completely fictional and any similarities to real life is COMPLETELY coincidental ***...

Why Mum Must Come First (Sometimes)

Gemma Capocci - 13 Dec 16

Depression is a dick. I know this because it has featured in my family’s life in some form or another since I was seven...

“MUM” As a Diss

Lauren Laverne - 3 Jan 16

Bad news, ladyparents. “Mum” is making its way on to the long and terrible list of gender-specific terms of abuse. It’s the thin end...

Parenting Crimes I Have Committed

Clemmie Telford - 30 Sep 16

Before you have a kid you look at people with kids and think ‘i’ll never be like them’. Then you have one and it...


Georgina Fuller - 2 Mar 15

So the other day l was driving back from seeing a friend l usually see at least once a week in a town l...

Embracing The Mess

Julia Thompson - 10 Jun 17

I’ve never been on the shortlist (or anywhere near it in fact) for World’s Tidiest House – living with a self-confessed hoarder makes tidiness...

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