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
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
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…..
As your children get older you start to return to the things you had to stop doing when they arrived. We've always loved camping but Miss MIP has never been a good sleeper so begrudgingly we had to leave one of our favourite pastimes behind for a few years. Now she is starting to become … Continue reading The Outdoor Adventure and Camping Show – Review
I will not be afraid. I will be proud of the people who ran to help, I will be proud of the police who reacted instantly despite a colleague being attacked, I'll be proud of the ambulance, fire crews and security services who helped when people needed them. I'll be so proud of the people … Continue reading I will not be afraid.
I saw a newborn baby this week and while I cooed appropriately I didn't get that broody feeling that people talk about. I don't think babies smell amazing, I think they smell like milk and vomit. I don't get all fluffy at the thought of babies and I can't even begin to explain how much … Continue reading Done at one……
To all you lovely mums and dads, Congratulations - you made entire human being! You created a life and you likely spend all your waking hours (and probably some sleeping ones) making sure that that tiny human you grew turns into a kind, tolerant and valued person. That doesn't mean that you need to forget … Continue reading Being kind to yourself……