It's been a rough couple of months at MIP HQ - I started April with 3 Grandparents and finished up May with only 1 remaining. My grandparents have always been a solid feature in my life - when my Grandad passed 10 years ago it was a hard hit and foolishly I expected that I … Continue reading Talking to children about loss
I often have people say to me "ooh I just don't know how you do it" when they see me trying to listen to how my 5 year old got on at school while the 4 year old is screaming and stomping for a jammy dodger and the 2 year old is trying to break … Continue reading The Magic Number – A Guest Blog
Going on holiday as a family is without a doubt lots of fun but there are seven clear stages. Stage 1: Booking This is my first warning - do not tell your tiny human that you are going on holiday any further than two weeks before you leave. We made the enormous error of telling … Continue reading The seven stages of a family holiday
I seem like a pretty average person I think - average intelligence, average looks and just all around average. Maybe a little rounder and a little shorter than average but still an average sort of person. Inside though I'm maybe a little different - my brain isn't always my friend and can change the spirit … Continue reading Anxiety is invisible but very present
We are seeing floods of #metoo stories across social media - the hashtag is being used to give a sense of the sheer number of people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. I use people instead of women very specifically because it would be a huge mistake to assume this is just happening to … Continue reading #metoo
I've been to that dark place - that place where you feel there is no more hope, that place that feels so empty, that place where you feel like you are standing in the middle of a crowded room screaming but not one single person can hear you. The problem with that place is no … Continue reading World Mental Health Day
Once upon a time there was a man called Mr MIP who had spit that matched quite well with someone elses.......... it's an odd story and that isn't exactly right but it's as good as any other start I suppose. We registered with DKMS - Delete Blood Cancer in 2013 after seeing an appeal for … Continue reading Mr MIP saves a life (hopefully)
With September fast approaching I've been thinking back on Miss MIP's first term and what I'd do differently with the benefit of hindsight. I put the same question to other parents and got some amazing responses. So here they are - suggestions from parents who have survived the first year of school: Do not send … Continue reading Time for school!
I need to head this up with this point of clarification - I am not pregnant, I have no intentions of being pregnant and this isn't any form of announcement that I am pregnant. Got it? All clear? That being said I was chatting to someone recently who is in the early stages of pregnancy … Continue reading 12 weeks? No thanks…..
Choosing a holiday is a nerve wracking thing when you've got a tiny humans to consider - suddenly it's not all about wine, fun and sleep. You've got to think about entertainment, meal options, sleeping arrangements and the possibility that you are about to spend a whole bunch of hard earned cash on a potential … Continue reading Holiday Countdown