I’m Claire Kirby. I’ve recently turned 40, which still kinda stings to say, and I live in the South of England. My claim to fame is that I once spoke to Phillip Schofield on a Going Live phone in. I know, awesome.
I’ve been married to Lee for 13 years, and we have been together for 25 years. We are the definition of the term ‘opposites attract’. It shouldn’t work, but it does.
Together we have two gorgeous and very noisy boys. Harry, who is nine (Big), he has a cheeky smile, never, ever stops talking, and genuinely believes he is a Ninja. Then there is Oliver, (Little) he is five, and he never stops moving. He is in training to become a stuntman and turning me grey in the process!
We live in a Lego house. We don’t really, but we have so much off the stuff I could probably build one.
I started this website in 2014 when Little was just three months old. It began as a creative outlet for me. Somewhere to write which has always been a passion of mine.
It also became a space for me to learn who I was again after becoming a mother for the second time and having lost my self to motherhood.
I always knew I didn’t really want to write how to guides and advice, because I never really felt qualified. My experience of parenting is that firstly we are all pretty much making it up as we go along, and secondly what works for one child won’t work for another.
Instead I wanted to make people laugh, or make them feel better after a tough day. Parenting is a roller-coaster with the biggest highs and the most awful lows and I truly believe it’s important to share all of that.
So yes, beam with pride when your kid is Mary in the nativity, or a little old lady stops you in the street to tell you how beautiful your baby is. You have every right to share that feeling so strong it feels like your heart could burst.
Equally, it’s ok to say you are finding things tough. That not all of parenting is #blessed. There are nits and chickenpox and tantrums and not much sleep. And it is completely normal to have days when you want to escape and you should be able to say that without fear of judgement and adding the caveat “But I love them to bits and wouldn’t change a thing.”
I share it all. The highs, the lows. There is laughter here and a few tears. But above all it is honest.
What started as an outlet, became a passion, which then became my job.
Below are a few more deeply fascinating facts about me. Keep reading to find a selection of my most popular posts that I hope you enjoy, including my version of the bedtime classic “The Gruffalo”.
I love chocolate. It is the answer to any of life’s problems. I also love rose wine, getting my eyelashes tinted, TED Talks, and Gerard Butler. One of my guilty pleasures is James Corden. I have lots more, but you’ll have to get to know me a bit better before I tell you them! Oh and I love handbags. Lots. I also have a bit of an obsession with plates and trays. And I LOVE a bargain.
My Pet Peeves
I hate mushrooms. They make me feel all weird and cringey if I touch them. I have two major bug bears in life; number one, people who don’t say thank-you when you hold doors open for them, and number two, really sticky labels on things that don’t come off without you scrapping them with your nails and ruining your nail varnish. Low tac people. Low tac.
My response to the post I saw on facebook from the new mum who was nailing parenting and branded the rest of us lazy. (This one nearly broke my website, and I have to say I am really proud of this post after receiving so many messages from new mums, thanking me.)
An alternative version of the Julia Donaldson book The Gruffalo. Only mine is about a terrifying creature called The Toddler-o
A post that was featured on Huffpost that became one of their most popular posts for that year, and even gave me 5 minutes of fame in The Sun!
Exploring the realities of life before and life after kids, this is a post that I was asked to read as a keynote at the BritMums conference. (That wasn’t nerve wracking at all!)
So that’s me, Claire Kirby! Check back every Sunday for a new post, and if you don’t want to miss out, sign up for the newsletter and new posts will be delivered straight to your inbox.