Managing everyday parenting stress

This is a collaborative post. Being a parent is stressful. There, I said it. My little beautiful, sweet little angels are more difficult to deal with than any psychotic manager, high-flying career or high-maintenance team I’ve ever worked with. But that’s just the nature of parenting. We no longer just have ourselves to worry about. I want to give my children the best life I can. It’s important to set a positive example and be a good role model. Keeping my temper is critical because if I’m too stroppy with them I could damage them for life. Feeding them, making sure they’re in suitable clothing and…

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Consumerism – fighting against the tide

This morning, I read an interesting article about the increasing number of toys owned by children. It really struck a chord with me, as I face yet another clear-out of the toy box, battling to get rid of all the things the children never play with. And yet my children – as all children do – are still asking me for more toys, more things, more possessions. And it got me thinking. If toddlers are already materialistic, where does it go from there? They get a little older and they NEED the latest clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. They need…

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To the lonely parent – you’re not alone

The girl in the corner in her late teens glares over her tea at the family at the large table chatting and laughing together. On the other side of the room, an old man smiles sadly at the same sight. Each of them casts judgement upon the family, wishing themselves into the parents’ shoes. “That will be me one day.” Thinks the girl. “I’ll meet someone, get married and have children. And this loneliness that hangs over me will be a thing of the past.” She can’t help but feel jealous watching the mum. Sure, she’s got her hands full. The…

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Having the confidence to be alone

Yesterday, I took my girls to soft play. It’s something we’ve started to do quite regularly, because I really see the benefit to their development in terms of climbing and running. I believe it is also good for them socially, since every time we go there are different children there, who they will make friends with and play with although they’re only together for an hour. So I found it a little odd when I walked into the soft play centre and realised that I was the only adult there on my own. It seems that everyone else views this…

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Life is short, live harder

Every now and then, life throws you a curve ball. A timely reminder that life is short, life is precious and we need to make the most of every single moment. Since having children, I’ve been finding it really difficult to get any time for me. Time to do the things I enjoy; keep fit, go travelling and even go out with friends. Money has been a bit of an issue because I have been so determined to spend all the time I can with the children, that work had to happen when they were either out or asleep. This…

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