Tomorrow I’ll be a better mum

To my beautiful girls, You are the last thing I think about at night when I try to get some sleep. I think about all the times that day when I’ve raised my voice to you. All the times I’ve had to work when you wanted me to play. I think about how quickly you’re growing up, how much you are changing. And about the things I miss when I’m not with you. I remember the times when you’ve been trying to get my attention whilst I’ve been talking or doing something. And the times you’ve asked to paint, bake…

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Parenting manuals versus maternal instinct

Almost every day, I read about or speak to someone who has sage advice from a parenting manual.  The advice is never the same twice.  Your baby should be sleeping through the night, leave it to cry. You’re emotionally damaging your baby, don’t let it cry. Your baby is too skinny, use formula. Your baby is obese, feed it less.  You’re not interacting with your baby enough, it will be developmentally delayed. You’re over-stimulating your baby, it won’t sleep.  Your child is too whiny, you’re mollycoddling it. You’re not letting your child cry, you’re damaging it emotionally. Your child has too…

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Inspirational Parents #1

Being a parent is tough. We all need a little bit of inspiration every now and then, and there’s plenty out there. So I thought it was time to start celebrating some of the people who are doing amazing things.  It seems only right to start with fellow blogger, Fiona at Coombe Mill. Fiona is wife to Nick the farmer on their gorgeous holiday farm. She manages to juggle farming, cooking for everyone, looking after the holiday business and being a successful blogger whilst enjoying life as a family with six children.  And on that note, allow me to introduce Wonder Woman.…

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The overwhelming urge to do nothing

I had an interesting conversation with my husband yesterday. Yes, we do speak to each other. Occasionally it’s interesting. Okay rarely. Well, just this once.  Anyway, he made the wild and unsubstantiated allegation that I am “Constantly fighting an overwhelming urge to do nothing.” Which, I would suggest, is a brave thing for any man to say to his wife.  And far be it from me to shy away from criticism, I’m the first to admit that I am generally a bit crap at life. But it does strike me that doing nothing probably isn’t something I can be accused of.  I…

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Where does negativity come from?

I’ve noticed today, as I do most days, that negativity is everywhere.  Take blogging as an example. I am fully aware that I’m going to be slated for daring to write this. But seriously, who the hell do we think we are?  I am a (rather passive) member of a few blogging groups on Facebook, where PR’s and companies offer opportunities to bloggers.  Conversations are also posted about emails that people have had from PR’s who have offered bloggers something which, quite frankly, is deemed offensive.  I understand the frustration, really I do. I write for a living and I know that…

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