A Parenting A-Z: Toddler and Preschooler edition

What a difference a year makes. I was nostalgically browsing some old photos from during my maternity leave this evening and it struck me, not for the first time, that for all of my pretending (and I will carry on pretending), the baby is actually no longer really a baby *sob*. Some things haven’t changed.… Continue reading A Parenting A-Z: Toddler and Preschooler edition

Why breaking the stigma surrounding mental health HAS to start with parents, teachers and the language we use.

It’s a funny thing language: it is constantly changing and evolving and in so many ways, it not only reflects, but also helps to shape the society within which we live. Words that were deemed socially acceptable and were commonplace 60 years ago, now leave an uncomfortable and bitter taste in the mouth when spoken… Continue reading Why breaking the stigma surrounding mental health HAS to start with parents, teachers and the language we use.

Mums: Damned if we do (work) and damned if we don’t?

I have recently returned to my teaching job for the second time following a ‘year off’ to bring our newest babe into the world. Just three weeks in, and I can’t help but compare my younger pre-child working self, to the person I am now. At times, the newly qualified me would sleep, breathe and… Continue reading Mums: Damned if we do (work) and damned if we don’t?

9 Struggles Parents of ‘Kids Who Don’t Sleep’ Will Know:

1. Endless expert advice. If your baby isn’t sleeping well, fear not. Just casually drop this into conversation with your well meaning acquaintances or even better on your social media account/s, and before long you’ll have so much advice to draw upon you could write your very own (slightly crap) book on how to get… Continue reading 9 Struggles Parents of ‘Kids Who Don’t Sleep’ Will Know:

Dig Dig Digging: A Parenting Alternative

Babies are good at shit, shit, shitting. Small ones, explosive ones, stinky nappies filling. They ruin endless clothes with their shit, shit shitting. They can shit all day. Children are good at whine, whine, whining. Screeching, wailing, snotty-faced bawling! They make Mommy wine with their whine, whine, whining. They can whine all day. Babies are… Continue reading Dig Dig Digging: A Parenting Alternative

To “The Boy in the Ambulance”…I’m sorry.

I’m sorry, sweet boy, that your picture appeared on my news feed today and my instinct was to scroll quickly down because your rubble-covered and bloodied little face upset me. I didn’t scroll, as it happens. I read your story and I (like many others today) watched a video of you being carried away from… Continue reading To “The Boy in the Ambulance”…I’m sorry.