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6 Stages of booking a long haul flight with kids

I love that saying about cousins, “Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends”  It perfectly sums up my relationship with my cousin Katie.  She was bridesmaid at my wedding and now I get to be bridesmaid for her.  Her wedding also happens to be in Australia, so I get to […] Read more…

The Six Stages of Shopping for School Shoes

If there is one thing that gives me a deep sinking feeling in my stomach more than trying to plan activities to keep the kids entertained for six weeks, it’s shopping for school shoes. It normally involves a lot of waiting, some tears, and parting with an extortionate amount of cash. Of course too late […] Read more…

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The A-Z of Parenting Noises – Part Two

No one warned me how noisy kids are.  It’s like a daily assault on the ear drums that can leave me with a pounding headache.  Of course the house feels weird and not right without all the noise now, so I guess I’m getting used to it! This is part two of the A-Z of […] Read more…

40 Minutes in The Doctors Waiting Room

  In any doctors waiting room you are guaranteed to see three things; patients, patience, and one of those wooden toys with the blocks on twirly metal things. It’s boring waiting as a fully fledged grown up.  But as a kid?  Doctors waiting rooms are a place where parenting skills are put to the max […] Read more…

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The A-Z of Parenting Noises – Part One

The job of raising children is not a quiet one.  My kids only seem to have one volume and that’s full blast.  It’s something you get used to, the constant sounds, the parenting noises.  In fact if you find yourself home alone, as much as the peace and quiet is welcome, it feels odd.  Home […] Read more…

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The 10 Animal Characteristics of All Parents

Being a parent often brings out the nurturing side of people.  It also brings out some pretty wild animal instincts.  Have you ever wondered which animal characteristics you possess most as a parent? Lets take a closer look… The Owl  The owl is notorious for being wise, as are you in the eyes of your offspring […] Read more…

Why the Housework Can’t Wait

If there’s one piece of post childbirth advice that winds me up, it’s “The housework can wait”.  It remains a constant piece of advice given at any stage of your child’s life and I for one am calling bullshit on this particular wisdom. Why? Because quite simply it’s not true.  Of course prioritise those baby […] Read more…

15 Romantic Gestures For Mums

Romantic weekends away are a thing of the past.  A distant memory from long ago in a life before children.  The husband is more likely to bring home a bottle of nit shampoo than he is a bottle of bubbly.  But romance is not dead.  It’s just different.     The best romantic gestures that […] Read more…

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Post Pregnancy Pelvic Floor Problems

I’ve paid my dues.  I’ve squeezed and pulsed and looked slightly constipated all in an effort to ensure I regained control of my bladder post squeezing babies out of my vajayjay. Pre children I used to pride myself on being able to consume alcoholic drinks, shake my groove thing, and hail a cab at the […] Read more…

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50 Things Kids Do That Adults Wish They Could Do Too

It’s hard work being a kid.  Having people there to take care of your every desire.  Serve you food for you to turn your nose up at.  Take you fun places for you to have meltdowns.  Give you money to buy yourself sweets and toys.   Apart from the obvious not having to go to work […] Read more…

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Why You Shouldn’t Teach Your Kids To Tell Time

You know you get those smug parents, the ones that say “Oh Rupert was reading Shakespeare at age six”.  Their smugness will always be short lived.  Because as much as kids learning to read is wonderful, it also signifies the end of conversations with spelt out code words between you and your husband.  Life changes […] Read more…

10 Reasons Parents Are Exhausted – And Lack Of Sleep Is Not One

Whomever coined the phrase “Sleeping Like a Baby” has clearly never spent a night in close proximity to a baby.  Lack of sleep is the number one reason why parents are exhausted. It’s what everyone somewhat joyfully warns you about when you announce your pregnancy. But there are lots of other reasons parents are exhausted. […] Read more…

Baby Brain Fails

Epic Baby Brain Fails

So although you and I have long known that baby brain is a real condition causing embarrassment and shame to Mum’s everywhere, now top London scientists have claimed the condition to be real. I would like to suggest to the top London Scientist people that further research needs to be conducted into the condition known […] Read more…

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Eightie’s Parents Versus Today’s Parents

I can’t help but think that when I was growing up parents had a slighter easier job than parents do now.  It sometimes feels like our parents had more freedom to make their own parenting choices than we do.  Eightie’s parents versus today’s parents: Who had it easier?   Car Seats Car safety has come […] Read more…

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The Things That Parents Google

Before becoming a parent I googled normal things like; How many calories in a glass of wine?   Pictures of Gerard Butler.*  Is Bruce Forcythe still alive? Since becoming a parent my google history has changed somewhat, and I have found that the things that parents google are normally strange and often hilarious. I myself […] Read more…

7 Things Parents Must do in a Heatwave

I know we shouldn’t complain about it being warm.  But thing is, I’m a Winter person.  I prefer cosy blankets and hot chocolate and feeling clean after a shower, rather than instantly needing another one because I’m sweating again.  I don’t really know what to do in a heatwave other than be really grumpy and […] Read more…

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Laundry Day Problems

Back when our household consisted of me and the husband, I used to have a laundry day. Two loads on a Saturday between pottering around the house and going out for a bit of lunch and some retail therapy.  Now that two have become four, every day is laundry day, and it’s a never ending […] Read more…

Is Your Relationship Strong Enough to Survive Having a Baby

Fist comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage… OK, so it may not happen quite this way, or in this order, but having a baby will be one of the biggest tests of your relationship.  How can that gorgeous innocent little bundle of joy create so much havoc in your […] Read more…

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