Category: Parenting and life

When you start Christmas in November, an elf cries

Have I been in some kind of coma, or is it still November? And if it’s still November as I suspect it is… Why can I not scroll Instagram or Facebook without seeing a bunch of Christmas trees, Christmas jumpers and matching Christmas-themed Pyjamas? Now, before you call me a …

Stop the mum-guilt: Ten things that I refuse to feel guilty about

There is nothing quite like mum guilt to make even the most confident woman slightly crazy. You don’t think it will happen to you, but it does. Pretty much the instant you give birth you start feeling guilty for something; I blame the new-mum hormones. However now those hormones are …

Five things I’m looking forward to about five

When she wakes up tomorrow morning, my little girl will be celebrating her fifth birthday. I could go into the trite cliches – It’s gone by in a flash, she’s growing up too quickly, how the hell am I even old enough to have a five year old (ahem)? – …

21 reasons you should definitely NOT have 21 children

The Radford family have just announced the birth of their twenty-first child. TWENTY ONE CHILDREN. Yes, you read that right. Three for each day of the week. Just one more and they can have a complete football game. Back in September last year, when they had just had their 20th, I wrote …

Please don’t hurt me: The reluctant bed sharer

I was never planning to, but I did co-sleep with my kids when they were small. They were both reflux babies who screamed a lot and breastfed every 45 minutes for months on end, and the only way they’d go back to sleep and for me not to die of …

What my kids actually hear when I speak

Child development is a miracle of nature. An 8lb(ish) blob comes into the world incapable of doing anything besides screaming, pooping and eating and within six months, long before they can speak and respond, they can start to understand what you’re saying, As the months pass you’ll probably notice them …

30 sure fire signs you are a mum of small children

Not long ago, I met a friend for drinks. Not a crazy, drink each other under the table and regret everything the next day type drinks; more of a let’s chat and be someone other than ‘Mummy, MUMMY, MUUUUUUMMMMMYYYY’ evening. I left my husband the task of feeding and putting the …

Paw Patrol: I have some questions

Permit me a very Paw Patrol heavy day, but… My son loves Paw Patrol. He would watch Paw Patrol all day every day if he could (he can’t). He wears Paw Patrol clothes down to his pants and socks, he has Paw Patrol toys; he’s a marketer’s dream. I on …