Lots of first time mothers (and fathers) are frightened of childbirth. I can’t blame them, in all honesty; in fact, I was them. Pre-splashdown, the thought of pushing an actual human out of my nethers was pretty low down on my list of Things That Sound Like Fun. Right down there underneath being Katie Hopkins… Continue reading There’s No Epidural For Motherhood.
The early days of being a mum generally pass in a haze of zombiefied exhaustion, euphoric love-struck amazement, abject terror and biscuits. Let’s be honest, in the very early days, visitors, other than perhaps very close family, are about as welcome as Michael Gove at a teachers’ convention. But once you’re over the stage where… Continue reading What Not to Say to a New Mother
What does it feel like not to be tired? What does it feel like to ease out of bed With a smile on your face, all set to embrace The day of unknowns that’s ahead? I only remember the joltings From my sleep at “you’re kidding” AM; For dummies, or milk, or things of that… Continue reading An Ode to Motherhood
We’ve come a long way, we females. We’re slowly being recognised as equals to men. We aren’t there yet, and we have a journey still to make. Undoubtedly there are obstacles in the way, glass ceilings to smash, mindsets to evolve, stereotypes to break down. This might be controversial, maybe not. But I think that… Continue reading The Royal Wedding Demonstrates Why Women Are Each Other’s Worst Enemies.
When I planned to be a parent I thought I had it sussed, And I’d never need to tell them lies: Turns out, it’s a must! Some lies that I tell them are To make their lives more fun. And some are for my benefit As their knackered, desperate mum. “Yes there is a Santa… Continue reading Lies I Tell My Children
I see you at the school gate It’s your little one’s first day. I can tell you’re feeling anxious But it’s going to be okay. Your child looks really little Just a baby, just turned four And I know you’re feeling worried: You can’t hand-hold any more. Will his teacher understand him? Will he manage… Continue reading I See You At The School Gate
I braved the soft play today. I normally try to avoid this particular corner of Parent World at all costs, for a number of reasons. It's not that I am anti- these primary-hued establishments. I can see the obvious merits in a large padded room which has the possibility of a bum on a chair for five… Continue reading Soft Play Shenanigans, or Lessons for Life?