Toddler Boy Running through Golden Gate Park

Chapter 9: Keep Up or Give Up

Today was Mothers' Day and I was in a total mumfunk! It wasn't that my husband was away, leaving me with the boys, it had nothing to do with the rejection I had over email last night - it was just one of those days - I was bored and in a funk. Unlike other things in life, you can't just give up on motherhood, can you? Even trying to escape for 5 minutes to hide under my duvet, resulted with my 4 year old joining me followed by a rendition of The 3 Little Pigs using my bed as the stage! With motherhood, there are no options, other than to just keep going...

Children sharing toys

Chapter 8: I don’t like Sharing

Is there anything more difficult than teaching young children to share? It's the one area I feel positive about when Oscar insists on sharing his half-nibbled gingerbread man with everyone in the family; only to feel mortified about when he uses his polar bear strength and super suction powers to clasp onto a toy on a playdate. You know what I mean...

Toddler on a time out stool in corner

Bad Behaviour: Is it Time Up for Time-Out?

Time-outs. Do you use this behaviour tool with your children? Have you ever? Does it work? Perhaps you have a naughty step or a thinking chair, perhaps you have a calm-down corner or a comfort space; there may be a million ways to refer to time-out just as there are a million variations of how to actually do it - undeniably, it has become a common technique for managing difficult childhood behaviour. But, what if I told you that psychologists now believed that frequent time-outs were just as harmful to our children as spanking; would you still send your children to the naughty step then? And what should you do to instil discipline instead?

#imamumand – Lynn Warren Explains The Truth about Positive Birth

Growing a human is a big deal. Birthing a human is a mighty big deal. The entire process is incredible! Right at this very moment, as I sit here typing, a good friend of mine is in labour, about to experience birth through a mother's eyes for the first time. I can only hope that she gets the right birth for her, it all goes smoothly and she starts her journey as a parent feeling empowered, not fearful, in control, not fretful... time will tell. I met with Lynn Warren from Birth Easy to find out the truth about positive birth...

Social Mama logo beside cupcake stand

#imamumand – Jess from Social Mama

Mums today most definitely need their mum mates; people who understand what it is to be mum because they're on the same rollercoaster as you. But if you've ever tried to find a new best mate at soft-play, when you're panicking that your eldest is trapped in a cargo net and your youngest is drowning in the ball pool, you'll know that that's easier said than done. Fortunately, mumspiration Jess Sizeland, has brought together hordes of Hertford mums through her business, Social Mama. If you've not been to one of her events yet than you really should - they are fun, friendly and the women are fabulous. I caught up with her to find out how she does it all and what she has planned next...

Notepad and Pens with Penguin Logo

Chapter 7: Retreat!

A week into the hottest summer holidays on record and I was buying a jumper. Why? That's a very good question. I was in London - by myself, alone, freedom - enjoying the company of fourteen other creatives, an author, an editor and a very sexy illustrator on a two day writing workshop at Penguin Random House! I had remembered my laptop, charger, notepad, brightly coloured pens, etc, but hadn't considered encountering...

Masha and the Bear Theme Party Genie

#imamumand – Nalini, the Party Genie

Children's parties have come a long way since my childhood when a spot jelly and ice-cream and a game of pass-the-parcel in my parents' living room was the norm. Nowadays, it's become commonplace to hire a hall and invite the entire class - that's a lot of jelly and ice-cream and a lot of time spent turning a tiny tub of Play-Doh into an oversized package with wrapping that Santa's elves would be proud of. Luckily, Nalini Mathew has brought her bespoke children's party planning services to Hertfordshire. So, is life as a party planner just one big party? I caught up with Nalini to find out...

The Fairytale Mum Brothers Cuddling

Chapter 6: Connections

At some point, the husband and I decided that we wanted to ride the parenting roller-coaster together. We had been that couple, watching that child in the supermarket, discussing how our child would never, ever, ever behave like that child. It was simple - it all came down to good 'parenting'... And then our child did indeed become that child and we became those parents. Sound familiar?...

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep with Neocate

Review: Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine

Tommee Tippee have recently released their Perfect Prep Day and Night machine, the upgrade to the original Perfect Prep model. If you read my earlier post on 5 Essential Buys to make Breastfeeding Easier and Mum Happier, then you'll know that I relied heavily on the Perfect Prep  whilst bottle-feeding my eldest son. Now, 3 years later, I am about to start weaning my second son from breast to bottle, and the question whether to dust off the old Perfect Prep or upgrade to a newer version has entered my head...