40 thoughts on turning 40

Kate Chapman - 17 hours ago

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...

Being a mum without a mum on Mother’s Day

Georgina Fuller - 9 Mar 18

Every year, I get that familiar, sinking feeling when all the Mother’s Day displays are wheeled out once more and I can’t go into a supermarket or M&S without being assaulted by a barrage of Mother’s Day cards, candles, daffodils and chocolates. It’s a...

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 *** So… THE MUMS NIGHT OUT! You know the one right? The one it’s taken 2.5 years to organise because someone...

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...

Should I Have a Fourth Child?

Hannah Jull - 15 Feb 18

You, I mean – bit late for me to ask that now. After we’d had our third baby, I had been pregnant for 27months out of 58months (aka, pretty much half of the time). I’d been either pregnant, breastfeeding – or both – for 5 years...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kate Cox - 31 Jan 18

Hi, my name is KTC In July this year I became a mum for the first time. My little monkey is now 6months old and incredibly cute. I thought it might be worthwhile putting pen to paper about what becoming a new Mum has...

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...

Not Breastfed, Not Bottlefed, Just Fed.

emiliaandmummy - 20 Jan 18

The ‘feeding’ conversation is one most new mothers will be familiar with, it starts before you even give birth with questions along the lines...

How do you get your head around secondary infertility?

Natalie Silverman - 3 Feb 18

At my son’s weekly swimming class one of his pals has moved to the class before him, meaning the little girls Mum doesn’t have...



Molly Gunn - 28 Dec 16

Am currently sitting in a robe, on a bed, in a hotel. H.E.A.V.E.N. My...

Being A DJ Saved My Life

Melissa Hamblett - 24 Jul 16

If you’d have asked me 12 months ago how I felt about going to...

I want to be alone

Molly Whitehead-Jones - 26 May 16

A few weeks ago, I packed an overnight bag, jumped on a tram to...

Reiki for Recharging Mamas

Rebecca Grainger - 23 Mar 16

You, the universe, and everything else is made up of energy. Reiki is a...


All Hail The Threenager

Sarah Jarman - 27 Feb 18

Difficult pregnancy equals easy labour. Difficult labour equals ‘easy baby’ (a term I hate...


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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