Tag: motherhood

Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends

Recently, MPs launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness, after research showed that over 9 million people in the UK say they feel lonely, and the effects of “chronic loneliness” can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

When we think of loneliness we often think of older people or those with no family. But in reality, you could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel lonely.

One time in your life when loneliness can strike is when you have a baby. You might have a house full of visitors in those first few weeks, and you spend every waking moment (and there are a lot of waking moments) with a mini version of yourself who needs constant attention. So how could you possibly feel alone when your life is really quite hectic? (more…)

The hell that is clothes shopping with children

Shopping is not my idea of fun at the best of times. Clothes shopping? With children? That is its own special kind of hell.

First you have to navigate the actual shop, trying not to lose your children in a sea of clothing rails and repeating for what feels like the millionth time “DO NOT TOUCH!” Which of course they do. Then they run off to the children’s department and get fixated on a hat/t-shirt/pair of sandals that are inevitably adorned with Frozen characters. Trying to part them with said item becomes a struggle that you know you won’t win. So you give in (for now) and hope that you can slyly leave it somewhere before you get to the checkout. (more…)

8 reasons why I’m in no rush to stop breastfeeding

There are lots of things I like about breastfeeding – and here are eight reasons why I’m in no rush to stop. Of course there are also some drawbacks (leaky boobs are never a good look!) and it’s not for everyone, but I have had a positive experience so far. I’m not getting into any breast milk vs formula debate – I’m pro-doing-whatever-works-for-you – so there is no offence intended, this is just a light hearted post about my experience of breastfeeding. Please share your own breastfeeding benefits in the comments below! (more…)

Breastfeeding: Doing My Best

Secret Things That Parents Do

Be honest, how many do you relate to? I’m sure its not just me!

1. Silently (and quickly) scoff food when our children are in another room. I will always make sure my children have  everything they need, but they don’t need half my chocolate bar. It’s mine. I’m not sharing.

2. Secretly hope that our child is a little devil when our other half looks after them for a full day. Just so they appreciate how hard it can be…   (more…)