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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Ultimate parenting hacks to save you precious time

None of us have enough hours in the day. By the time we’ve lost hours trying to get kids to sleep, preparing food, tidying up, entertaining kids and changing nappies us parents are in serious…

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6 tips for introducing your toddler to a new baby sibling

I was incredibly worried about introducing our newborn to our toddler. Our eldest had been used to being the centre of our world for 21 months before our second was born. Here we were asking…

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7 ways having children changes the way you think

Since the arrival of my kids it’s like my brain has been completely re-wired. Another miracle of Mother Nature. Whereas before I had just my own wellbeing and needs to look after, now there’s two…

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Putting two kids to bed and other things that shouldn’t be hard

It doesn’t sound like a challenge at all. When I tell childless friends that bedtime for two leaves us all in meltdown they look at me like I’ve just praised Donald Trump for his inspirational…

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50 tried and tested books for young children

We have a mountain of toys in our house but my toddler’s number one favourite thing to do is read a book. We spent ages reading to her from a very early age and she…

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The honest baby book

I happened across my youngest daughter’s baby book gathering dust on the shelf this weekend. Flicking through it I realised I haven’t updated it since she was a couple of weeks old. I look at…

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Why I ended up with 3 buggies

We have two children but have somehow ended up with three buggies. I wish there was just one that fitted all our needs but unfortunately I’ve yet to find it. There’s a myriad of choice…

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