We grew up with dogs and I've always hoped that one day I'll get a puppy of my own. But then I realised I've got a toddler and it's pretty much the same thing. Here are 10 reasons why I think they're alike: #1 They stand at the back door and whine to be let … Continue reading 10 reasons why toddlers are like puppies
Two weeks ago my little boy had to go in to hospital to have surgery. We knew when he was born he would need it and it was fairly straightforward but still a big deal for us as parents. He was incredible. So brave and so charming to all the staff. On the morning of the … Continue reading Dads get a raw deal
If you've read my blog before then you will know that my life features poo and vomit far more than is normal for a human being. Babies and toddler are messy. It's inevitable that as a parent you will spend much of your time wiping them and wiping up after them. And in order to wipe … Continue reading Mama recommends: Cheeky Wipes
This year my little one will turn two. After he was born I wrote a fairly light look at what I'd learnt, and my husband shared what he'd learnt too. I was the first of quite a few friends who had babies so whilst I was honest about how it went I think I also spared some of … Continue reading Our birth story
Whether you are a working mum, a stay-at-home mum, a mixture of both, or an undecided as to what you'll be yet mum, I imagine you may have wrestled with mum guilt. I have felt the need to justify my work decisions since becoming a Mum over and over again. I'm sure that people haven't meant … Continue reading Working Mum Guilt
I'm sure most of you will be aware of the phrase 'no means no' when it comes to sex education. It teaches our kids that when they say no, it means no. As parents we inevitably hear the word 'no' over and over again. My toddler is pretty adept at knowing what he wants and making … Continue reading How do I teach my kid that his ‘no means no’?
I went away on a women's weekend recently. It was wonderful. Double bed to myself, lots of time to chat, and absolutely delicious food. One morning I queued up for my breakfast. Imagine the usual hotel buffet selection - cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast and cooked breakfast including, bacon, eggs, sausage etc. I got to the … Continue reading Pass me another pastry.
Dear friend, I've never talked to anyone this but I was reminded of it today as I reflected on being a mother. My husband and I had always talked about how we'd like to adopt and/or foster as well as have our own birth kids. So, when we first decided to think about starting a family we we … Continue reading A letter to my friends whose hearts yearn for motherhood
We have a very determined little guy. He knows what he wants. He knows what he likes and he likes to tell you how he feels about those things. It's a part of his character I deeply admire. A few months ago we got given some Duplo and our little guy has fallen in love … Continue reading Handling strong toddler emotions
I love the Scummy Mummies! They are a comedy duo who host a hilarious podcast for ‘for less-than-perfect parents’. I could blog about every one, they are hilarious, talk honestly about the messiness of parenthood and are seriously informative! I’ll start with one for now though… I recently listened to a podcast where Ellie Gibson and … Continue reading What would happen if we gave our kids ALL our attention?