Dirty Dishes – Ranty Stuff

Life, Love and Dirty Dishes is mainly about parenting.  Living life with small people and the situations we find ourselves in.  Dirty Dishes refers to the not so pleasant but unavoidable things we have to deal with.  It’s my space where I sometimes talk about hot issues and first world problems.  We all need to have a rant every now and then don’t we.  

In Defence of Influencers

Let’s be honest, the term ‘influencer’ is a bit cringey. I’d go so far as to say it’s a wanky term. I have enough trouble saying that I am a blogger. Preferring to dance around the ‘what do you do for a living’ question using words like ‘website’ and ‘writing’. I am small fry in […] Read more…

Cherish Every Moment

“Cherish every moment.” That phrase sets unrealistic expectations and can isolate anyone who is having a tough parenting day.  Which we all do. There are many beautiful moments to cherish. First steps, giggles, hand written notes telling you you are the best Mummy. Sunny days with the paddling pool, Christmas magic. Cuddles and conversations. But […] Read more…

The anti-vax movement is costing lives

I rarely believe in a one size fits all approach to parenting. Whether you breast fed, co-slept, control cried, or did baby led weaning. We all have a right to bring up our children how we choose and to respect one another’s choices. Except when it comes to vaccinating our children. I have no time […] Read more…

When Body Positivity is Hard

For all of my adult life I have struggled with zero body positivity. Even when I lost a lot of weight and was a size 12/14, I still struggled. And it’s a struggle that impacts my life on a daily basis. Having low self esteem holds me back, stops me from putting myself out there, […] Read more…

Part & Parcel of Being a Woman

  It’s a very scary time for young men. President Trump 2018   Really President Trump. Really?   That statement makes me angry.  Really angry.   Because all my life it’s been a dangerous time to be a young woman.       But it is only with the emergence of the #metoo campaign that […] Read more…

Definitions of Donald Trump

There are things I find in life incomprehensible.  Serious things like child abuse, and rape.  Not so serious things like the Star Wars phenomenon and the fact that at some point This Is us is going to have to end.  But I genuinely cannot get my head around the fact that a mentally unstable person […] Read more…

children being denied antibiotics?

Are children being denied antibiotics

Antibiotics have been oversubscribed for years and we are facing a situation where people could become immune to their effects.  Therefore something had to change.  And I have noticed a change.  At my doctors surgery it is incredibly rare to be prescribed antibiotics.  Everything is ‘viral’.  Whilst I don’t disagree that there needs to be […] Read more…

Stop Birth Shaming

I was shocked to discover the other day just how many of my friends have been birth shamed.  To be honest I didn’t really know it was a thing.  But snide little comments about epidurals, C-sections and inductions.  Society pushes natural birth on us so much that women feel like they have somehow failed if […] Read more…

What’s Natural About Parenting?

You hear the word natural a lot as soon as you become pregnant.  And that word ‘natural’ hangs around for the next year or so. Did you conceive naturally?  Was it a natural birth?  Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.  You’ve taken to it like a natural. But when you really think about it having a […] Read more…

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