The negative impact of tiredness

Since having children, I have been pretty much permanently tired. I know I’m not the only one, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a refreshed, energised parent of young children. There have been a few times since Libby came along when I have reached a point of feeling close to exhaustion. I was in hospital for several days before having both girls, as I was induced both times. The lack of sleep during induction meant that the snatched few hours here and there when I’d had the baby and come home felt like absolute bliss. Then came the difficult times…

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In defence of boundaries

We have come so far from the terrible times that my dad tells me about when he was a child. He and his brothers would be beaten by the teachers simply for having a German surname. Even when I was young, it was considered acceptable for parents to smack their children who were misbehaving. These days, such punishment is quite rightly frowned upon. Increasingly, the focus is on raising well rounded, confident children. Giving them the building blocks to one day function as strong, independent adults. Many people go as far as to avoid using certain words to their offspring,…

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Inspirational Parents #11

The latest in my Inspirational Parent series comes from Stevie at A Cornish Mum blog. I have always admired the way Stevie has come hurtling into the blogging scene and flying up the rankings into the Top 100 at breakneck speed. This is all despite the challenges she has had to face personally during the past few years. Stevie is amazing at covering important issues like Type 1 Diabetes in a way that makes people sit up and listen. She also captures the beautiful Cornish countryside in her photos and has loads of fun competitions. If you don’t already follow her,…

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A letter to a busy mum

Dear mum, Please mum, stop a minute for me. Dad says you’re busy. He says you work hard until late at night when I’m asleep. He says there’s lots to do around the house and you’re trying to look after us children as well. Dad says I can’t come and see you because you’re working. I don’t know what that means, so I sneak up to your office. I try to talk to you, ask you to read me a story or take me to the park. We could go for a bike ride or run around the fields. We could…

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I’m just a mum like you

You’re a mother. You’ve got the most important job in the world and you’re doing it all wrong. You’re pregnant and you had a glass of wine. You couldn’t quite put the smoking habit behind you and you took a few puffs. You couldn’t resist the soft cheese or the runny egg. You put your baby at risk. Don’t you know the responsibility on your shoulders? There is a small person relying on you. So many people wish they could be in your situation, you don’t deserve to be a mum. You didn’t go to antenatal classes, you weren’t prepared…

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