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How to make time for the baby

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Reading Oliver Burkeman’s column on New Year’s resolutions in the Guardian a few weeks back, I…

10 signs you’re dangerously close to being Mumsy

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This morning I received a message from an excellent friend of mine…

WHAT’S WRONG WITH A WHIP ROUND?

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We all know Myleene Klass is a bit funny about money. Back…

ANYONE FOR SYNCHRONISED FRENCH HORN?

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In a bid to make sure that your three-year-old doesn’t fall behind…

SECRETS OF A STAY-AT-HOME-MUM

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“Whatever happens, I don’t want to end up sitting alone at home…

PARTY MADNESS

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From ‘fining’ kids for being a no-show at a birthday party to…

MUM FATIGUE AIN’T NOTHING NEW

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When my youngest sister was born my Mum was in her forties.…

THE LOVE OF A MOTHER FOR A CHILD

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*This is an extract from Kate Gross’ memoir Late Fragments. Kate finished…

THE MOTHER OF ALL TRIPS

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hand in…

GIVE ME STRENGTH

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For the last week or so I have felt myself finding it…

Unsolicited advice? No thanks.

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I first remember the joy that is other people’s unsolicited advice on…

LOSER PARENT DAYS

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There are some days when everything you do as a parent feels…

The Alternative Milestones

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When I got pregnant with my first child, a whole new literary…

TEENAGE KICKS

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I am the mother of a 13 year old girl. Can I just…

TECHNO GUILT

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My children are non stop. Non stop chatter, non stop energy, non…

LET THEM FAIL

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About 6 months before my 30th birthday I chucked in my full…

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SHOUT LESS, LOVE MORE

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It’s taken me four years to crack this how-to-discipline-your-child-when-they’re-screaming-at-you business. I’ve read…

THE BIG SLEEP LIE

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We were blessed with a super relaxed, downright lazy newborn. She slept…

MY LOVE / HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOFT PLAY

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Everyone hates soft play. Everyone, that is, until they have a small…

10 WAYS NEW MOTHERHOOD IS LIKE RELIVING YOUR TEENS

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1. YOU CAN’T HOLD YOUR DRINK Early years of motherhood sees you embracing…

WHAT IF THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE… JUST AREN’T?

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The elderly woman wrapped a warm thin hand around my forearm and…

HAVING KIDS DOESN’T TURN WOMEN INTO SAINTS

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I recently met a woman who revealed that when her first born…

THE MINI-ME SYNDROME

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I admit it. I’m living vicariously through my kids. This morning I…

SIMPLY A MUM

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Please believe me, I am not suggesting that there is anything simple…

The Joni Mitchell Sleep Solution

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So I’m currently in the grip of what most parents would call…

PREGNANT AT FORTY

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Two things. Firstly, I’m 40. (Cue screaming, tearing of hair and general hysteria.)…

BEING A MUM WITHOUT A MUM

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My mum was the kind of mother that everyone wanted. She was…

DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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There seems to be a quite a lot of images in popular…

The rise of Domestic Divadom

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The other day I found myself having one of those jokey, faux…

THE GREAT UNWASHED

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A few years back in 2007 Days for me were a freebie heaven As…

THE UNHAPPY PATH TO A HAPPY ENDING

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When I was pregnant with my first child everything went just fine.…

DEEP SLEEPING BASTARDS

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All men are deep sleeping bastards. Fact. Okay, I will hold my…

WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?

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I did not write any new blog entries for two months. What…

HOW I GOT MY MOJO BACK

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Melanie Rickey thought she was well set for motherhood, but no amount…

DEBUNKING THE ‘YUMMY MUMMY’ MYTH

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Never in my adult life have I ever described anything as ‘yummy’.…

A day in the life of a freelance mother

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There’s this perception, as a parent or would-be parent dreaming about the…

BITCHING IS SO 1992

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I got shunned at the pre-school gates the other day. Yes, really.…

10 SUREFIRE SIGNS YOU’RE A MOTHER

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10 Surefire signs you’re a mother (aside from the small person grabbing at…

LOSING YOUR FASHION MOJO

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It isn’t news that a woman’s dress sense can go amiss when…

When new mums get angry

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When you’re pregnant, advice is pointed at you from every direction and…

Finding the ‘U’ in Mum

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Did you know our generation of women have it easier than ever?…

MAKING A MUMBACK

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On Monday I will return to work following my second maternity leave.…