Parenting

6 times mummy is last and why we need to win sometimes

We don't need to win all of the time. Well, maybe some people do but I can't imagine it's a very relaxing attitude! However when it comes to family life us mummies are never number one. I don't know about you but I am constantly putting the other members of our family before me. I… Continue reading 6 times mummy is last and why we need to win sometimes

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Baby gear, Parenting, Weaning

There is no ‘right’ way to wean

The thought of weaning was incredibly overwhelming with my first baby - as if raising a child wasn't daunting enough. Between all the books, recipes and advice my head was spinning. Should I do baby-led weaning or opt for purées? I just couldn't figure out how to fit it all in. The milk feeds, the… Continue reading There is no ‘right’ way to wean

Grown-up stuff, Parenting, Sleep

Mum squad meet-ups: Picture perfection vs reality

When I was pregnant with Bubba One I pictured many things through a set of very rose-tinted glasses. I pictured what the birth would be like, how I would feel afterwards, how I would follow all those oh-so-simple instructions in the baby books and how I would manage day-to-day by floating on a bubble of… Continue reading Mum squad meet-ups: Picture perfection vs reality

Breastfeeding, Parenting

Breastfeeding tips from a shy mum

I didn't grow up in a naked house. That's not to say I'm not comfortable in my own skin, it's just I don't want strangers to see all of it. I'm a get dressed under a towel at the gym sort of person. So with that in mind the thought of breastfeeding in public was… Continue reading Breastfeeding tips from a shy mum

Health, Parenting

A parent’s sickness survival guide

We are not a sick house. Me and my husband are pretty resilient to bugs and rarely get really ill. The most I had ever suffered before having kids was after eating oysters. After three bouts of serious illness that I had blamed on food poisoning initially, I had to accept I'm allergic. I love… Continue reading A parent’s sickness survival guide

Health, Parenting

7 things that cause parenting paranoia

I read way too much. How can that be possible? Surely reading is a good thing? Not when it sparks ridiculous paranoia in parents. My paranoia has been a niggling problem even since before I became a parent, given my job as a journalist. I devour news daily. I write it. I have lived it.… Continue reading 7 things that cause parenting paranoia

Parenting

Feeling torn between two children

Having two kids is like that brain teaser where the farmer has to cross a river with a fox, chicken and bag of grain. His boat can only take one at a time. You can't leave the fox and chicken together, because that's like leaving a burger and chips with a pregnant woman and expecting… Continue reading Feeling torn between two children

Breastfeeding, Parenting

Should I ditch breastfeeding?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma about whether I want to continue breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. I never thought we would last this long, it's taken me by surprise how easy breastfeeding has been this time around. I exclusively pumped for my first child (read more on that plus my pumping tips here) for… Continue reading Should I ditch breastfeeding?

Fun stuff, Toys

Homemade giant bubbles recipe

My toddler is mad about bubbles and it keeps her entertained for hours. So if loads of little bubbles are pretty exciting then one giant bubble has to be even better, right? As we are outside in the garden so much at the moment I'm trying to find stuff we can do outside that keeps… Continue reading Homemade giant bubbles recipe

Recipes

Family friendly recipe: 10 ideas for leftover roast chicken

My tummy rumbles just at the thought of a chicken roast dinner with all the trimmings. But it's not just the roast dinner that's exciting, it's everything you can do with the leftovers later in the week. I love to get the most out of ingredients once we've got them home. I generally get dinner… Continue reading Family friendly recipe: 10 ideas for leftover roast chicken

Things to do

25 family days out in Surrey

Here's the final part of my family-friendly days out series in the south east. I've already posted my 25 days out in Hampshire and 25 days out in Berkshire, so this final list makes it 75 suggestions in total for what to do this summer. There's so much to offer in this neck of the… Continue reading 25 family days out in Surrey

Parenting

Being the default parent

‘Mummy’ is the most used word in our house, or perhaps a close second to ‘Peppa’. It's a real double-edged sword when your children turn to you for everything. They have a default setting that automatically kicks in when a particular need requires addressing, whether it be hunger, thirst, a dirty nappy or boredom. Their… Continue reading Being the default parent

Parenting

Why boredom is good for children

It goes against your natural instincts as a mum, but sometimes we just need to back off. Letting your child be bored, plus the brain-drain whinging that accompanies it, seems like bad parenting, like you're neglecting your child. In fact studies show your children need to be bored to let their imaginations go wild and… Continue reading Why boredom is good for children

Parenting

Why the later months of baby’s first year are the best

For some people there's nothing more irresistible than a newborn. They're all scrunched up and tiny and they make the cutest little noises. Plus the giggling in their sleep, that's enough to melt the heart of even the stoniest of the stone cold. But for me the newborn phase is totally overshadowed by the second… Continue reading Why the later months of baby’s first year are the best

Grown-up stuff, Things to do, Travel

Why I love the National Trust

Before having kids I saw National Trust membership as something grandparents had. Something about it all seemed a bit old fogey-ish to me. Old houses, gardens, woodland walks. It wasn't really where my head was at. These were the days when I spent a lot of my Sunday mornings hungover in bed binge watching telly… Continue reading Why I love the National Trust

Parenting

Why I ditched baby and toddler groups

Getting out and seeing other mums is such an important part of the first year as a parent. Meeting other people that are going through the same difficulties and look just as worn down as you makes the tough times easier to bear. You can share a laugh about it, it lightens the load. When… Continue reading Why I ditched baby and toddler groups

Breastfeeding, Parenting, Pregnancy

Dear Mother Nature, WTF were you thinking?

I apologise if this letter at times seems a little confrontational or rambling. I'm getting very little sleep you see. I am so utterly shattered even simple tasks like trying to find the milk leave me blinking in confusion at the fridge door as I try to recall what I'm looking for. I'm like Bambi… Continue reading Dear Mother Nature, WTF were you thinking?

Breastfeeding, Grown-up stuff

Tips for leaving your breastfed baby for a day

A day away from your baby after several months of being joined at the hip, or rather joined at the nip, is definitely something new mums deserve to enjoy. My first full day away from my youngest was a few weeks ago when she was about to turn six months. I attended a friend’s wedding… Continue reading Tips for leaving your breastfed baby for a day

Grown-up stuff, Money, Parenting

30 hours free childcare won’t be what it says on the tin

The pledge to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week to working parents was music to the ears of many forced to choose between a career they love and being able to pay the bills. For many women who want to find a way back to work after having a baby the numbers simply… Continue reading 30 hours free childcare won’t be what it says on the tin

Health, Parenting, Uncategorized

I hate judging other parents but I do judge anti-vaccers

I am a firm believer in no judgements when it comes to parenting. I think the trolling and shaming of parents making their own decisions in the best interests of their kids is appalling. You only need glance at the Daily Mail comments section to see thousands of mean-spirited remarks about all manner of parenting… Continue reading I hate judging other parents but I do judge anti-vaccers