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.  

We need to talk about dementia

There are 8500,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia.  With numbers that high, chances are you know one of them. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, has been a part of my life since I was 18 years old. That’s when my Nan was diagnosed with it. It started off with her […] Read more…

Pregnancy Announcement

Calm down.  I have nothing to tell you.  No announcement from me.  Been there.  Done that.  Got the t-shirt.  Twice. Not happening again.  No more swollen ankles, morning sickness, heart burn, back ache, and limited wardrobe choices for this mama. But have you noticed the pregnancy announcements taking over your news feed lately?  Every day […] Read more…

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Dear Stranger in the Supermarket Car Park

I often think about our encounter last summer.  I find it amazing really that complete strangers can have a huge impact on our day.  They can change the course of our day, they can change our mood, they can even change the way we view the world. A few weeks ago a stranger chased me […] Read more…

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Where’s Supermum when you need her?

We all know the equation for a poorly baby, right? Poorly baby = Baby not wanting to be out down Baby not wanting to be put down = Mummy’s hands full Mummy’s hands full = Shit not getting done Need some superpowers right about now please. When you have a newborn you become quite an […] Read more…

Why Breastfeeding in Public is Unacceptable

  I am not from the ‘Breast is Best’ camp.  I am from the ‘Do What is Right For You camp’.  I breast-fed both my children for 5 weeks and I am proud of that. Breastfeeding for me was equally amazing as it was akward.  It was something that felt very natural but was by […] Read more…

The Sods Laws of Parenting

  It’s like raaaiiiinnn on your wedding day, a free ride, when you’ve already paid…  Alanis said it was ironic, I say  it’s Sods laws.  And when it comes to parenting, there’s plenty of them.     #1 Babies will always poo just as you are about to leave the house. If you have to […] Read more…

Is gender inequality learnt through toys?

There has been a lot of talk in the media this week about gender equality and children.  There was the picture that went viral of the little girl looking very unhappy next to a supermarket sign about toys for boys.  And in the same week Ladybird announced they will no longer be publishing books under […] Read more…

Perceptions of a Stay-At-Home Mum

I was a Stay-at-home-mum.  This was a choice my husband and I made together because it is what worked best for our family. I am now a work-from-home-mum which has it’s own set of challenges. There are however a few misconceptions of a stay-at-home mum that I would like to challenge. We sit on our […] Read more…

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Toys vs Tech

H has three furry friends that go by the name of Alvin, Simon and Theodore (I’m sure you know them).  I brought them for him last Christmas because he loved the chipmunk movie and the songs that went with it.  To be honest it was just a little present that I thought would be forgotten […] Read more…

Blue x2

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while and today Prince Charles has spurred me on. It has been reported in the press that the Prince of Wales has said he would like a granddaughter this time. I’m sure Kate will get right onto that as soon as she can get her head […] Read more…

nappy change

Doing it in Public

Nappy changing that is. Nappy changing is not the most relished part of parenting.  It’s one of those jobs that has to be done.  If you don’t you run the risk of succumbing to the fumes, and no one wants that on their gravestone.  Plus the longer you leave it the more chance for bottom […] Read more…

The dog eat dog world of motherhood

An old friend of mine is thinking about going for baby number two.  After a bad day she posted on Facebook how she wasn’t sure she could cope with two.  She was bombarded with comments from people saying the second is much easier, she should go for it, she has nothing to worry about.  I couldn’t help […] Read more…

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