About Vicky Charles

Vicky is a 35 year old single mother with a cheeky 4 year old. She lives in Wiltshire and works as a freelance writer and trainer in blogging and social media. She has been a single mother since her daughter was 2 weeks old, and started blogging to try and give voice to her feelings of “lost-at-sea-ness” that all mothers get, but that single mothers often don’t have any company in. In her spare time, she usually develops addictions to dvd box sets and sometimes cleans the living room… but not often.

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#BML16: Implementing what you’ve learned

Now we’re all home from a heady weekend at BML16, it’s time to unpack our goodie bags, dish out the toys and sweets to eager little hands, and get back to real life. This was my third BML, and possibly the one I enjoyed most, meeting lots of new friends and reuniting with those I’d […]

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Single Parent Round-up: The joys of going it alone

This month we’ve had summer solstice, some sunshine, some rain, and Fathers’ Day – which can be a tricky time for single parents. Still, we’ve a great round-up of posts for you this month which will hopefull make you think and make you smile. Hannah Spannah has been writing about her co-parenting journey, which has […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Staying single & strong

This month I’ve been on the hunt for some new single parent bloggers; I’ve a feeling there are a lot more of you out there than those I follow! If you’re a single parent blogger, make yourself known!  First up, a post from Natasha Shingles, who is thinking about her life growing up without a […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Public personas & primary school placements

This month I’ve been thinking a lot about the “public persona” we put across on social media. A friend complained to me that I keep “showing off” about how great my life is on Facebook, but the reality is that I just don’t want to dwell on any negativity so I’d rather only show the […]

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Single Parent Round-Up: Strength & courage

Welcome to the February edition of the Single Parents’ Round-up. Without meaning to, I seem to have picked up several posts that highlight how tough it can be to be a single parent. Everyone is struggling in their own way, but when you’re a single parent there is often nobody else with whom to share […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Happy new ear! [sic]

Happy new year! How are you doing? It feels a little silly saying that now, at the end of January – but my daughter is saying it so why shouldn’t I? In fact, she’s not actually saying happy new year; she’s saying happy new ear! She says it to bin lorries, to shops, to dogs in […]

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Surviving your first BritMums Live

I’m really looking forward to attending #BML16; it will be my third time attending, and I know I’ll really enjoy it. The first one I went to was also my first blogging event. I’d never met any other bloggers before, and had no idea what to expect. I ended up feeling entirely overwhelmed and missing […]

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Single Parent Round-up: I’m positive it’s almost Christmas!

Are you feeling festive yet? I’m afraid I’m one of those irritating November Christmas-ers, and so there is a lot of Christmas in this round-up. I’ve tried to keep this month’s posts all quite positive so as to brighten your festive season. Being a single parent at this time of year can be a bit hard, […]

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Single Parent RoundUp: We’re Back!

Hello! The Single Parent RoundUp has been a little quiet over the summer (and early autumn) – but we’re back now, and are we ever back with a bang! Anya from Older Single Mum has been doing a fab job of standing up for single parents everywhere, by presenting to the NCT Conference – well […]

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Single Parent Round-Up: Blue skies and wise words

Welcome to April’s Single Parent round-up. How has your month been so far?  Our single parents have been blogging lots as usual… let’s see what they’ve had to say. I loved this post from Gemma the Family Girl of 29 things she’s learned in her 29 years. Very wise words from someone who’s about to turn […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Eating habits, Lent and what 3-year-old says

Hello! Me again. Yup, it’s that time of the month again, where we look at what the single parent bloggers of the UK have been talking about. It was Mother’s Day earlier this month, which was great for those single mothers who had someone to buy something for their child/ren to give them, but just […]

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Single Parent Round-up: 50 shades of single valentines

Hello, me again. I’m here to share some fabulous blog posts by single parents. I love finding new single parent bloggers to follow, and featuring some of their best posts here for others to see. First up is this post by Martyn at Inside Martyn’s Mind. Those three words all parents dread hearing, but I […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Happy New Year!

Happy new year and welcome to 2015! How is January treating you? I really loved this post by Sophia at The Trouble Twins because I can completely relate to it. I’ve always been one of those people who never quite gets round to applying make up or touching up my roots; it’s reassuring to know […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Tears and Grins for November

Shh, Christmas is coming! Personally, I can’t wait. This will be my daughter’s third Christmas – but the first where she’ll really care and understand what’s going on. The last two years, I was really excited but she was teething and completely disinterested in presents! This year, we’re loving the lights and music already! So […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Spooky!

Hello, me again. I know, it’s been a whole month already. I’ve no idea where the time goes. I seem to live my life from weekend to weekend, getting to Friday and thinking, “where did that go?!” Of course, it’s half term for a lot of children now, and Halloween is just around the corner, […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Autumn is Here!

I love this time of year: the children are back at school and we’re all back into a routine; the ground is covered in crunchy leaves and everything is changing colour. It always makes me want to dye my hair, to fit in! So what have our lovely single parent bloggers been up to since […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Summer holiday activity and inactivity

Hooray for Summer Holidays, eh? Or… you know… er… This month’s round-up is a little early, and also a tad slimmed-down as everyone is off on hollibobs and having a well deserved rest. I don’t know about you, but the Summer holidays are one of those times when it really notices that I’m a single […]

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Single Parent Round-up: Super Positives All Round!

Welcome to July’s Single Parent Round-up… are you loving the sunshine still? Glasgow Mummy has been ticking things off her “35 by 35 list” – a great idea I think I might have to copy… I’m not sure I’m likely to speak to a famous person any time soon though. I loved the photos in […]

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