Is there such a thing as a perfect parent?


Many years ago, I heard a wonderful comment about parenthood; ‘The only perfect parents are those without children’. Being childless at the time, I could still see the depth of what was implied in this jovial saying. It’s so easy to look in from the outside and form an opinion […]

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New Year, New You, Less Overwhelm


So the last of the tinsel is put away and you’re still finding bits everywhere. You’ve got through Christmas and the New Year and you might well have started to focus on what you want from 2015. It’s so easy to fall into the same trap every year; the resolutions […]

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When the going gets tough!


I followed a mum along the road the other day. Her small children were tired and grumpy and the youngest wasn’t going to move for anyone. I was with my daughter who is a few years older than this lady’s children and as we passed I made some comment about […]

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Public property


Since when did your evolving shape give others permission to not only enter your personal space but actually feel that they can simply lay a hand on your body and this is suddenly socially acceptable? I have never understood this and from talking to others, I’m certainly not alone. The […]

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Where’s the manual?


Sometimes I see new parents desperate to get home with their new baby and suddenly they look at you and ask, ‘is that it, we just go home?’ And the answer is yes that is it; you just go home and enjoy your family. When you buy a new television, […]

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The Home Birth Question


When you first discover that you’re having a baby, there are so many things that run through your mind.  You move at 60 miles an hour through family dynamics, work, home suitability, how a baby will fit in to your life as it is now and somewhere way, way ahead […]

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Wanting a baby


Infertility is one of the hardest things that anyone can go through.  There are reminders everywhere of what you’re missing, what others have and how life doesn’t always go as we’d planned it.  It’s also not always easily explained.  Sometimes it’s more obvious due to medical issues and with the […]

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All change


When we think of birth trauma, many people will think of the physical aspects of giving birth.  This is not to be underestimated as it can leave some mums in need of personal recovery from their birthing experience whilst trying to look after their baby.  Other mums are affected psychologically […]

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Oh the guilt!


I had coffee recently with a bunch of lovely ladies and we were talking about guilt and in particular, the guilt you have as a parent.  We all do it.  Missing sports day because you can’t get the day off work, not being there to say goodnight because you have […]

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Babies – when is the right time?


I was chatting to a lady yesterday about her family plans.  She would like more children as she’s from a bigger family and she enjoyed growing up in that environment.  Her concern – I have perhaps put too strong a word there – was that she is already in her […]

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