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‘This Train Won’t Stop…’ 12 years later, it’s still trundling on

Spouting off on the internet for over 16 years can throw up bits of writing worth repeating. This, sadly, is one of them. Twelve years ago, in the January of 2008, Heath Ledger died of an overdose. At the time, the world found itself in a state of shock. Today, it finds itself in the… Continue reading ‘This Train Won’t Stop…’ 12 years later, it’s still trundling on

Baby, Childcare

‘There’s a different in-law here every week’: 7 working parents share what they do for childcare

CHILDCARE. WHEN IS it not a contentious issue? Whether it’s sourcing childcare, paying for childcare, or trying to spin all the plates that come with childcare, it is always a tricky juggling act. There are those who holler, “Why did you have kids if you can’t look after them?!” And while that could be considered… Continue reading ‘There’s a different in-law here every week’: 7 working parents share what they do for childcare

Mind

‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

“OOH, THAT’LL BE bleak…” This was my husband’s response when I said I'd been asked to write about Christmases growing up. “Is there a way you can spin it?” he asked, “Surely something nice happened?!” Yes, there were moments of magic around Christmas. We were brought to Cornelscourt to sit on Santa’s knee (and soak up his… Continue reading ‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

Mind

Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY would have been around March 7th, 2016. We’ve no idea if it was a boy or not, I just had a feeling. My miscarriage was one of the more traumatic experiences of life so far, and easily the most solitary. People are adept enough at checking in after the death of a… Continue reading Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

Body

‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Post baby bodies are always unexpected. Sure, I knew my belly was going to be a bit different, and my boobs were bound to be noticeably squishier. Even the extra hair on most extremities didn’t come as a shock. But some changes were entirely unforeseen. For example, I wasn’t aware my feet were going to… Continue reading ‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Baby

How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

"Mummy, what's wrong with your belly?!" We'd been talking about "the baby" on and off, just so our then almost 3-year-old prepped for a sibling. However, it hadn't really registered with her. Now, she was beginning to understand... Mummy's bulbous belly had a baby in there, and it couldn't be sent back to the shop.… Continue reading How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

Mind

Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

Waking in the recovery room, after my baby was born via emergency C section, was the loneliest experience of my life. Within seconds, a friendly-faced nurse said "Welcome back. The surgery went well, you're daughter is doing great! She's just in intensive care getting checked over, you'll see her soon!" I "should have" felt a… Continue reading Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

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How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

I'll never forget my bleary-eyed brother-in-law grabbing me by the shoulders at last orders, saying "Have another one, for me. I'm up with the kids in the morning. Enjoy your nights out while you still can." Wise words. If only kids-free me had listened...   Whether it's after a massive wedding or binging on beer and… Continue reading How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover