The Passport Photos

Sarah Jarman - 21 May 18

For my children, the photo booth sitting at the bottom of the Co op escalator is an object of amusement. Oh how they plead with me each time we pass for the opportunity to pull peculiar expressions at the screen and be rewarded with...

Adventures in Surrogacy

Claire Stanojevic - 9 May 18

  Ever since I can remember, I’ve always tried to be a fixer.  If someone I love has a problem, I’m instinctively on the look-out for a practical solution. My best friend and I were simultaneously trying to conceive our first babies in 2011...

5 Pieces of Advice from My Younger Self

Anniki Sommerville - 3 May 18

I just saw Diablo Cody’s film starring Charlize Theron – ‘Tully’ and without giving the plot away, it’s made me think a lot about motherhood, ageing, identity- basically the whole caboodle. In the film we see an exhausted Mum of three who strikes up...

10 TIPS FOR THE TRICKY FIRST TRIMESTER

Molly Whitehead-Jones - 31 Mar 15

I’m a meticulous planner by nature and when it came to conceiving, things were no different. My husband and I were very careful to not start actively ‘trying’ until we felt financially secure, emotionally mature and otherwise as ready as possible to be parents....

Ultimate Insults

Sarah Jarman - 16 Apr 18

It’s pretty difficult to be a human in this insta-perfect world. We are all guilty of it; having a crap day, kids killing each other, bickering with hubby, but suddenly the sun comes out, everyone smiles for all of two seconds and that is the...

Swimming Pool Trauma

Nina Austen - 25 Apr 18

Every parent of toddlers or young children knows that a visit to the swimming pool is often no longer a pleasurable experience. Gone are the days of popping on a swimming cossie and breast stroking your worries away (a phrase with multiple meanings but...

40 thoughts on turning 40

Kate Chapman - 18 Mar 18

What do Frank Lampard, Usher, Nelly Furtado, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashton Kutcher, James Corden, Katie Price and James Franco all have in common? Well, like me, they were all born in 1978. And what a vintage year that was. Grange Hill and Dallas hit TV...

Are they actually having fun?

Tetyana Denford - 3 Apr 18

‘But wait, I tell them, and I ask them this all the time…’ She was clutching her drink and looking at me intently, making me understand the single most important piece of information that she was trying to impart to a group of young...

The Masks Of Motherhood

Fiona Ng - 3 Feb 18

I’m going to openly admit that up until recently I was the type of mum that would roll my eyes when I saw the ‘gin mums’ on Facebook saying how they were cracking open a bottle after a tough day of looking after the...

6 annoying things people say to new Mums

Fiftyshadesofmum - 5 Apr 18

1. Is he good? The colloquial question asked to all new mums (usually by old people in M&S Cafe) but also by basically anyone who crosses your path and coo’s into your pram. It’s a new Mum right of passage – if you haven’t...

How to raise children who don’t turn out to be complete dicks.

PearlsofKiddom - 24 Jan 18

Before I start; a disclaimer. I haven’t yet raised any children all the way through to adulthood. When you meet my children in 15 years time, if they are complete dicks; you are hereby entitled to contact me and say ‘Well you clearly knew...

Our Bond; My new superpower

Lisbeth Chilcott - 19 Feb 18

This post is about bonding. Because, I have to make the confession that I did not bond with my baby straight away, for a number of weeks even. It makes me sad now to realise this, but also incredibly grateful to have finally found...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

SHARING THE PEACE

Mary-Ellen Krause - 1 Oct 17

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...

Are we really connecting with our kids?

Fiona Ng - 10 May 18

I’ve been thinking about this lately after a trip to a soft play the other week with my little girls. Imagine this you tell...

‘Good for You, Not For Me’

Anniki Sommerville - 17 Jan 16

We all know that parenting advice is everywhere. If I’m reading an interview with a celebrity, actor or writer I like to zoom in...

FEED ME FEED ME

Are you feeding her yourself?

Mary-Ellen Krause - 4 Feb 16

  This Christmas, I found myself locked in conversation with a dear friend. Musing...

Foodie heaven?

Gillian Power - 2 Sep 14

I’ve always been an advocate for healthy eating. You know everything in moderation, plenty...

PRETTY DAMN FABULOUS

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT BOYS

Fiona Pennell - 1 Apr 18

Life with boys is never dull, often messy and always manic. There is never...

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WHAT I KNOW ABOUT BOYS

Fiona Pennell - 1 Apr 18

Life with boys is never dull, often messy and always manic. There is never...

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...

SM SAYS THESE ARE VERY COOL!

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...

MINDLESS DAYS

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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