Why the “Insta-Mum backlash” is a positive thing

HelenFeminism, Motherhood, parenting, Working Motherhood3 Comments

“Insta-mums are slammed by ordinary mothers” shouts the headline from our old favourite The Daily Mail. Describing a pretty un-headline worthy conversation on a Mumsnet forum. Don’t bother looking it up, it’s really not worth your time. Yes, there are some potentially unhelpful comments. Yes, I am in total agreement that as women and mothers we need to stick together … Read More

More role models required…

HelenBalance, Motherhood, parentingLeave a Comment

On our recent Game Changers programme someone asked me for some more real life stories of where it can work. Stories of other mothers who are doing something they love, have changed the rules around working parenthood, have swapped careers. This is something that’s been on my mind for a while. I used to blog real stories of returning to … Read More

Guilty Mother Challenge

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We all know that being a mother brings some super amazing highs mixed with crazy lows. We have days where we feel like we are totally owning it followed by others where we can’t wait until bedtime. I worry that I will miss something, not remember all the tiny moments that rock my world but then find myself losing that … Read More

10 inventions for parents

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This morning as I stepped into the shower I learnt that bath crayons do not come out of white grout. They also don’t really come off the bottom of the bath if left overnight in the residue of bath water. This clearly isn’t ideal. I also had to negotiate a teapot half full of freezing cold water and a slightly … Read More

Before breastfeeding you need to know this!

HelenBreastfeeding, parentingLeave a Comment

I can understand why posters in hospitals don’t tell all. Let’s face it, “Breastfeeding – a sure fire way to make your nipples bleed,” isn’t great. But education is not about piling on pressure for women to feed their babies one way, nor just explaining the benefits in isolation. It’s about giving the facts – that sometimes it doesn’t work, … Read More