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Sandwich parenting

Kate Peers - 18 May 16

I sat on the maternity ward returning my answerphone messages.  Message one : childcare; the boys were fine and all was well. Message two : daycare; my dad was not behaving himself.  He was refusing the healthy meal that the carer had made, requesting...
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In praise of teens

Julie Watson - 11 May 16

‘And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds….’  David Bowie Something terrifying happened to me. I watched The Breakfast Club with my 16 year old son. If you know the film you’ll know the story beautifully pays homage...
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Silence Is Not Golden

Laura Rutherford - 11 May 16

“What’s your name?” “Oh – he’s not a talker”. Forced smile. Remind myself – they are just being kind. That’s usually my standard response. Sometimes it’s misinterpreted – fair enough really, I doubt they’d want the whole story, nor can I be bothered to...
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The Diary of a Chemotherapy Mum

Detrice Matthews - 18 May 16

Ever wonder how it feels? How it really feels to have chemotherapy? I can tell you might wonder, I know I did. I had watched the Hollywood version but this couldn’t be true, could it? Decisions Decisions.. If I am going to be honest,...
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Perfect or Imperfect: Mummies, You Rule

Mummy Rules - 10 May 16

We all know Perfect Mum. Or at least we think we do. We’ve seen her about; in the supermarket, the doctors surgery, outside the school gates, in the park. In the magazines, on the tv, in the movies, on our Instafeed. We know what...
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I USED TO BE IN A BAND, YOU KNOW…

Emily - 6 May 16

If I never sit at a drum kit in public again, then nobody I have met in the last ten years will ever find out how badly I used to play. And that means that I can keep telling people about when I was...
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Belonging To The Motherhood

SARAH ASLETT - 6 May 16

If you’d asked me ten years ago if I ever wanted to be a Mother, the answer would have been an instant and decisive ‘NO’. It just wasn’t my thing, it wasn’t on my radar – I had bigger fish to fry. I had...
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Motherhood Without My Baby

Nicola Redshaw - 5 May 16

If you had asked me six months ago, as I teetered excitedly towards to end of pregnancy, what motherhood would be like, I would have flippantly listed the usual preconceptions of teething babies and endless nappy changing. But motherhood for me has turned out...
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Not A Real Mum?

Amy Bowden - 13 Apr 16

‘Are you excited about becoming a Mummy?’ There were a lot of damaging things said to me during my pregnancy – ‘Gosh! Aren’t you big?’, ‘Are you prepared for the pain?’ and all the standard horrors pregnant ladies have to face, however this question...
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Those perfect ‘instamoms’

Simone Culkin - 23 May 16

I absolutely love Instagram. I think I prefer it to Facebook. It has everything on there: cute children’s clothes, quirky homeware, gift ideas, good...
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Miscarriage: A lesson in Love & Loss

Anniki Sommerville - 23 May 16

If I’d carried all my babies to term I’d be a Mum of four. I can’t help wondering what that would be like. I love the idea of it....

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A Mothers Love of Stripes

Guilty Mother - 20 May 16

As mothers, we just can’t go wrong with a stripy ‘Breton’ top, navy blue...

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GET BEACH BODY READY

Thatmumblog - 16 May 16

  This is a VERY important post to remind you that if you haven’t...
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The dreaded P word

Kate Garnish - 14 May 16

I hate this word. It is a word I have used more in the...
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Enjoy your day off…

Emma Burbidge - 7 May 16

Every Tuesday and Thursday without fail someone will say this to me as I...

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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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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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Let’s salute our mums

Molly Gunn, Editor - 22 Feb 16

It’s mother’s day soon, have you noticed? Whether this is a ‘thing’ you celebrate in a cards-and-flowers-Hallmark-style, or is just means you’ll get a...
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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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How I really feel about being a SAHM

Gemma Capocci - 3 Sep 15

First and foremost I would like to say hurrah for journalist Kate Wills. I had been thinking about this post for a while, mulling...
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