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Family holiday packing in 171 easy steps

Jane Smith - 23 Jun 16

I’ve always wanted to be one of those women who could throw a toothbrush and a spare pair of pants into a handbag and just go somewhere. I’m not. Packing sends my anxiety levels to new, heady levels. This has only been exacerbated by...
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Stillbirth still happens

Michelle Cottle - 4 hours ago

Stillbirth still happens. And it actually happens a lot. Why didn’t I know this? Why didn’t I know that this didn’t end in the Victorian era? Why didn’t I know that some babies don’t make it, even in the third trimester? Why didn’t I...
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8 Things Not To Say To Boys Who Love Pink

Jenni Fuchs - 22 Jun 16

Unnecessary gender stereotyping of children is a topic that always generates discussion, and recently, the boys’ side of the debate has been making itself heard more-namely that it’s okay to like pink if you are a boy. As the mother of two boys I...
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Beating Around The Bush

Tetyana Denford - 27 Jun 16

The things I write about are the things I talk about in real life or on social media. I’m the unfiltered one at a dinner party that shares inane trivia or asks questions like “what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”, or “do you trim, shave or wax your...
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Why Do Mums Drink Prosecco?

Anniki Sommerville - 20 Jun 16

Last Saturday there was a mini-festival in our local park. There was a jubilant atmosphere. The weather was much better than expected. There were lots of parents making the most of daytime drinking. There was music. Food stands. It felt a bit like an...
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I’m Too Exhausted to Be Wonder Woman

Katrina Bruni - 14 Jun 16

I just am. And it’s a bold statement, but it’s true – sometimes you have to chuck it in the f**k it bucket. I need to apologise for the sweary-ness you are about to witness, if you decided to continue reading that is. It’s...
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Leaving the hospital with empty arms . . .

Danni Reeder - 17 Jun 16

We joked with the sonographer as I lay on the examining bed, ‘make sure it’s only the one!’, as I rolled up my top and the cold jelly was applied to my tummy. Straight away I knew that this didn’t look like our little...
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A love letter to breastfeeding

Shona Singer - 13 Jun 16

Let me preface this by saying I care not a jot how you feed your child. Although I’m about to extol the virtues of breastfeeding, I am firmly in camp #fedisbest. In the interest of full disclosure, I found feeding extremely easy and pain...
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My father, the hero

Michelle Thomason - 17 Jun 16

Not many mothers write about their fathers. The sacred bond and the mythologising of parenthood almost always focuses on the mother. Motherhood can make you inclined to reflect more about the relationship with your mother – but that’s a story for another time. This...
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How A Girl’s Holiday Saved My Life

Anniki Sommerville - 28 Jun 16

It’s easy to get ground down by life. There’s bad news (lots of it). There’s feeling knackered all the time (what is this whole...
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Perfectly imperfect

Leona Petch - 23 Jun 16

I’ve always admired other people. The style of the woman browsing the sale rack next to me in the clothes shop – how does...

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My father, the hero

Michelle Thomason - 17 Jun 16

Not many mothers write about their fathers. The sacred bond and the mythologising of...
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Being wife #2 is Tough

Lauren Derrett - 15 Jun 16

Dear Husband When we met we both knew that we would never have the...

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Why Do Mums Drink Prosecco?

Anniki Sommerville - 20 Jun 16

Last Saturday there was a mini-festival in our local park. There was a jubilant...
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Newborn mothering myths

Molly Whitehead-Jones - 14 Jun 16

So my baby’s gradually turning into a toddler (wah!), meaning we officially survived the...

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THE CURSE OF MEALTIMES

Molly Gunn - 24 Mar 15

I feel exactly like the woman in the picture above. I’m not sure how I’ve...
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BEING A MUM WITHOUT A MUM

Georgina Fuller - 15 Oct 14

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

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How Many?.....

How Many?…….

Rebecca Hurr - 7 Jun 16

As the mother of 5 wonderful children, soon to be 6, why do I constantly find myself making excuses or joking about how many...
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The Other Woman*

Tetyana Denford - 5 Jun 16

She’s constantly there. She’s there when you’re not (and sometimes even when you are), she’s there with your children, a flurry of love and...
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Insta Wonder Women

Guilty Mother - 10 Jun 16

Love it or hate it, Instagram is changing lives. They say a picture tells a thousand words and like me, millions of people choose...
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Newborn mothering myths

Molly Whitehead-Jones - 14 Jun 16

So my baby’s gradually turning into a toddler (wah!), meaning we officially survived the newborn phase – and weathered the barrage of useless advice...
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PREGNANT AT FORTY

Esther Newman - 15 Oct 14

Two things. Firstly, I’m 40. (Cue screaming, tearing of hair and general hysteria.) On top of which, I’m also pregnant. (Cue my P45 – ah yes,...
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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND STILL BE HOME FOR KIDS’ TEA

Linzi Boyd - 30 Nov 14

Think back to when you were in your 20s. If you were anything like me you had a BIG VISION to change the world and...
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“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...
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WHAT IF THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE… JUST AREN’T?

Liz Sharp - 20 Apr 15

The elderly woman wrapped a warm thin hand around my forearm and leant in close. At first I thought she had stopped to steady...
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WHEN WORK FEELS LIKE… TIME OFF

Louise McLaren - 12 Nov 14

At work, there occasionally cropped up a little joke that going on maternity leave was going on ‘holiday’. I took it in good humour,...
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Material girl

Fay Hickman - 7 Apr 16

Deep in thought the other day (or lack of sleep induced daze, I’m not sure which) I chuckled to myself realising how far removed my...

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