Parenthood and Friendships: what happens to your mates when you have kids?

When you become a parent it has an impact on your friendships. Some friends are supportive and others struggle to integrate your changing needs and lifestyle into their world. In this post I discuss parenthood and friendship, the gains and the losses and how to try to be both a good friend on both sides.

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A day in the life of lockdown 2021 Mum

Oh lockdown 1 what a difference a year makes.
You were so novel and new and with you came the joy and wonder of renewed time together as a family. There was no pressure to work, it was a never ending day of opportunity, filled with baking and Joe Wicks.
Now it’s all online lessons, demands for snacks and mum guilt.
We are struggling and it’s time the balance needs to shift.

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Everyone is an amazing parent when they don’t have kids

I was the best parent before I had kids. I had such high expectations and unrealistic views about the reality of parenting. I passed judgements on others and thought I knew it all. Once you have children of your own you soon realise the harsh reality of life with littles.
In this post I discuss the fantasy vs the reality of parenting, the views of the ‘experts’ without kids and how I was a much better parent in my head before actually becoming one.

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Easy, Free & Fun Activities to do indoors with kids

Out of ideas for what to do with the kids? Need some quick inspiration for ideas that are free and can be done with stuff around the house?
I’ve popped some ideas together in one place for easy reference for those days when you need something quick.
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Miscarriage: The loss behind closed doors

Like most things connected to women and women’s bodies, society has served to keep us uninformed and feeling unable to talk about it openly.
Miscarriage is not a secret burden to carry.
In silence we only serve to perpetuate the expectation that the grief of miscarriage should occur behind closed doors.
In this post I discuss the experience of miscarriage, the NHS services journey and what we need to do in society to support people in their grief.

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Boys with long hair

Why is it still such a big deal for boys to have long hair? Any parent with a son with long hair will have experienced the constant mistaking of their child’s gender, comments from others or pressure to cut their hair. And when your child goes off to school they face rejection by peers purely because their hair is different and “for girls.”
We must move towards a space where both boys and girls are not held into nonsensical constraints and norms.

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Maternity Leave: The origins of mum guilt?

Maternity leave is often the longest period of time we get to spend with our children. This precious time is often woven with difficulties and pressures both internal and external to be the perfect parent. For many maternity leave is when mothers first start to experience mum guilt. The constant evaluation and criticism of everythung you do and whether it may be good enough. In this post I look at maternity leave and the pressure to be a good homemaker.

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Having a Second Baby: Sibling Rivalry & Regression

Having a second baby can be challenging for your first born. Feelings of love and excitement mixed with envy and anger make it a difficult time for all the family. In this post I discuss the effects of having another baby on your existing children and discuss issues of Sibling Rivalry, regression, envy and jealousy and the feelings of guilt you may experience as a parent.

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