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A few months ago I wrote a blog post saying I was going to do my best to stop feeling so guilty as a parent. I’ve tried my best, but it hasn’t really worked out. Things came to a head just before the Easter break. It was a Friday, the one day of the week […]
Gabriella (my 7 and half year old step-daughter) and I watched Monster’s University on Friday night. A girlie treat while dad was away and after Reuben had gone to bed. What a fun film! I just loved Monster’s Inc, it’s one of my favourite Pixar films, my favourite character being Mike Wazowski and after Monster’s […]
It’s Saturday night, there are other places I could be; a restaurant, cocktail bar, even the pub around the corner. If I had a babysitter or possibly a social life. Instead, I am fixing broken links on my blog. Apparently, Google doesn’t like broken links and for some unfathomable reason, I care too much what […]
It’s a scene we often see in movies or TV shows, to great comic effect: There’s no time to get to the hospital and Dad has to deliver the baby. Wham, bam, thank you Sam, it’s easy and over before the commercial break. But what’s an emergency home delivery like in real life? When we […]
This is a happy blog post. No, actually, it’s a very happy blog post about active children. Why so happy? Well, it’s simple really. After the deluge of the past few months I am overjoyed to be getting outside with the kids. I insist on spending as much time as possible outdoors with the […]
At our #FeedtheMan Twitter party, we asked you to share “moments of manliness” — those everyday situations that make the man (or even woman) of the house feel more manly. Your answers amused, surprised and even moved us. The party was sponsored by Ginsters, the robust, flavour-filled pastries, pasties and sandwiches that fuel and reward […]
Getting your children off to sleep and helping them stay that way can be a struggle. BritMums hung out with sleep expert and psychologist Chireal Shallow of the Baby Sleep Clinic to get answers. We were joined by popular parent bloggers who had tips and questions from their experiences with sleep issues. They are Claire […]
Sometimes it’s not until you lose someone dear to you that all the questions you wish you had asked come tumbling into mind. Joanna Helin found this when she lost her mother and it made her think about the emotional legacy we leave behind for our loved ones. So she set up Lifestorybank and is here to […]
Hannah Parker blogs at Mum’s Days about the ups and downs of being at home with children, on one of her posts a comment left got her thinking about the role of being a mum but staying true to herself, she shares her findings with us. A comment on my post “If you could be anything…?” really […]
There’s a question I’m often asked by mums when they discover I’m the main carer for our two daughters. The words vary slightly, but it goes something like this; “Is it hard looking after two children compared to having a full time job?” I’ve been asked this question many times and yet I still […]
Guilt has been a recurring theme in my life recently. More precisely, parental guilt. Not that I’m a stranger to guilt, it is something I’ve written about in the past. In my family’s present situation, my wife’s been snowed under at work so she’s been feeling guilty about not seeing the kids as she’s […]
There’s something exhilarating and scary about newborn babies – so beautiful yet helpless, so reliant on us for everything. We asked a selection of bloggers with newborn babies what makes baby’s early months so overwhelming and special. The challenge was part of a project with Pampers and its New Baby Sensitive nappies. In turn, we […]
BritMums co-founder Jennifer Howze got up early this morning to go into the Sky News studios to comment on the controversial new research that is compensating mums to breastfeed by giving them Matalan, John Lewis and Mothercare vouchers. What do you think? Would the money be better spent educating new mums? Or does a bribe really work, […]
Bit of drizzle outside my window. Too much to do. Worried that my diet isn’t working but still heaping a sugar in my tea and having my second round of jam on toast. Kids squabbling at breakfast about who gets to look at the back of the cereal box and the school run looms. Sigh. […]
Last month I ranted about the school run. This month I have decided to write about a few observations I have made based on my recent experiences of becoming a school gate dad. I’m sure they aren’t that dissimilar to the experiences of school gate mums but please have a read and let me know […]
The Story of Mum is coming to The Photographers Gallery in London, and there will be a reception with BritMums in attendance on the evening of 18 October. We’d love you to join us for a drink, a chat and a “Mums’ Make Date”. There will be creative stuff to do, stories to share, and […]
I’ve only been doing the school run a number of days, but it’s already become the bane of my life. I knew it was going to be bad, but I was quite unprepared for this daily ritual. The roads around school are bumper-to-bumper busy and cars seem to get strewn in any spot large enough […]
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