Give yourself the gift of a guilt-free Christmas

If you can do just one thing for yourself for Christmas this year, what would it be? I know your mind may immediately conjure scenarios including a night off from the kids, spa treatments, prosecco,…

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7 challenges of parenting that are far worse than a Bushtucker Trial

As I watch this year’s gang of celebrities complaining about the lack of food and shrieking as a disinterested baby croc swims past them, I can’t help but wonder what on earth the fuss is…

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Not sleeping through yet? It’s totally normal!

When, oh when, Christ on a bike when, will my baby sleep through the night? It’s the question we ALL ask multiple times during the first year. When is this hell of sleep deprivation going…

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9 terrible truths about the terrible twos

The terrible twos are utterly brutal. Just when you thought your child was entering those golden years when your family life would look like something from an Enid Blyton book illustration, your kid whacks you…

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Vaccinations: They suck but don’t skip them

As mums we are physically programmed to react to our kids’ crying. When your baby cries it can cause your boobs to leak. When your toddler is wailing you find it impossible to focus on…

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What to look for when visiting schools – top tips from an Ofsted inspector

If your little one is starting school next year then you’ve either been visiting or have visits lined up to find somewhere for your child to learn.  You may have found “the one” immediately and…

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Dear Meg…

Dear Meghan,  I hope I can call you Meghan, or maybe even Meg? It’s a lot less formal than the Duchess of Sussex for sure, but soon you’ll be joining a club where we are…

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The secret diary of a weaning baby

6am Amuse myself by playing with my own feet in bed. Parents are snoring away in the next bedroom. I allow them this moment as they did a good job of entertaining me at 2am…

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When will my baby sleep through the night?

It is the eternal question that 90 per cent of parents have asked at some stage – when will my baby sleep through the night? Although being with your cute little baby is lovely, magical,…

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What to do when it all feels impossible 

I remember the moment when I first used the word “impossible” in relation to my kids.  My first daughter was barely a week old and we were at home. My house was the place that…

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Secret diary of a baby

6am Wake up, although I use that term loosely because I actually never really went to sleep. I just fed and cried in between bouts of dozing off to get my energy levels back up.…

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Holidays post-baby – are they even holidays anymore?

Picture this. You’re on a beach with a cocktail in your hand, there’s a good book on the table next to you plus a few magazines you’ve been idly flicking through. All you can hear…

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25 ways to improve baby’s sleep (and your own!)

This time last year I was a complete wreck.  My youngest had been waking frequently – sometimes staying up for hours on end – for nearly 12 months. I was slowly reaching the end of…

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5 ways to soothe a crying baby plus White Company giveaway with Infacol

We all know that babies cry, but I think it’s safe to say we don’t have a clue just how difficult it can be to cope with until we’re standing there with a screaming newborn…

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6 lies I tell my kids

I like to think of myself as a pretty honest person, and yet I tell little white lies to my unsuspecting children every single day. This isn’t to be cruel, it’s not to upset them…

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I see you, mama

Dear tired mama, Right now you are overwhelmed. You feel stretched paper thin and although you don’t tear, you feel fragile and on the verge of ripping apart.  You feel like life is moving so…

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7 tips for treating eczema in babies and children

Becoming a parent is tough enough without the stress of eczema. Although this unpleasant condition is quite common among babies and small children (around one in five children in the UK have eczema), when you…

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Why parents need to stop apologising

It is my most overused word, apart from “no”. I utter it in supermarkets, in car parks, at the playground, while I’m walking down the street, at home, and especially while travelling on public transport. …

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7 things new parents argue about – and how to keep the peace

First-time parents argue 40 per cent more after their child is born, according to counselling organisation Relate.  I can tell you, that figure sounds a little conservative to me! After our first child arrived we…

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Why childcare vouchers must be saved

The cost of childcare is painful. Not child birth painful, but “oh my god I can’t bring myself to look at this bill” painful.  When I worked out how much money I needed to pay…

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