Newbie Tuesday Round-up: Stresses of being a Mother

newbie tuesdayMothers have it hard. I believe in a conspiracy theory that we are all injected, at the moment of birth, with something that stops us shouting from the rooftops about just how difficult it is raising children. A friend once told me that being a mother was like climbing Machu Pichu, in blistering heat, with no water, and no break. Gruelling, devastating, intolerable, but when you see the view at the top it is completely worth it!. I think Just Another Muther would agree, as she struggled through the Easter break. More than a Mum claims we make it harder on ourselves in her post on women and guilt; apparently men just don’t beat themselves up the same way we do.

One thing that seems universally agreed upon is the need to talk about our concerns and stresses. At Shaking away the Cobwebs Morgan has finally opened up about some difficult secrets in her life, and come out the other side feeling stronger than she did before. Sometimes, like Growing Little People, you just need to be alone, have some of the personal space that is so lacking as a parent of a small child. Time to control the TV remote, or get lost in the fantasy of a good book, as recommended by I Eat Books and Babies.

I think the solution to stress lies in simple comfort food, Coco and Fig style, easy to make, easy on the waistline, and what was it the CupaSoup advert used to say? A hug in a bowl? And if that’s too virtuous for you, you could always resort to Crummy Mummy’s chocolate diet – good for the boobs apparently! According to Kiddy Charts, if you’re a working Mum chocolate should be in your business plan! *starts stocking up.*

Certainly I would have been needing the chocolate (not to mention the wine) if I had been subjected to Hello Wall’s particular conundrum this week – she has rats in the wall! Not something I would want to say hello to on an empty stomach! Luckily one of my all-time favourite cookery bloggers came to the rescue of my rat-anxiety with some suggestions for Hangover puddings.  If you haven’t found Letters to Nigel Slater yet, pay a visit today – delicious and amusing, just don’t go there with an empty stomach!

Finally I want to congratulate From Fun to Mum, who has made it to 6 months of blogging. I’m sure she’s not immune to the stresses of being a mother, but she has found solace in her lovely blog and is thankful for all the friends she has made along the way. And a last point; make friends and be kind to them on your blogging journey – you never know when you might need them!

See you next month……!

Are you a newbie to the world of blogging? Please add a post here so we can come by and read you too

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About Helen Wills

Helen Wills is a mum of 2 children in primary school and blogs at Actually Mummy on parenting issues, school, travel, and life according to the kids. Since starting her blog in 2011, Helen has won 2 national awards, and puts a lot of her success down to the amazing online community of bloggers at BritMums. As her children grow older, her writing is increasingly influenced by their opinions, and her blog reflects this drive to get the most out of family life.

Helen works from home in copywriting and social media. She is on Twitter @actuallymummy.


    • Helen
      02 May 2012 / 12:24

      I’ll pop right over!

  1. 01 May 2012 / 18:12

    Ah very clever Actually Mummy I like how you’ve done this. I am extremely new to the blogging world – just over a month, so its great to have a look at other new blogs and get some ideas. My blog is about my three lovely boys and is with my favourite posts being Noah’s Rules and Cat, Dog or Pickle Monster? Hope that some other people like them too.

    • Helen
      02 May 2012 / 12:25

      cat dog or what? *revisits*

  2. 01 May 2012 / 20:15

    Thanks so much for featuring my post – wonderfully kind of you..and I hoped you stocked up properly, just in case there is some sort of shortage…. I look forward to checking out all the other posts.

    • 02 May 2012 / 12:45

      Ah there is always plenty of chocolate here – I keep it in the freezer for emergencies (along with the wine)!

  3. 02 May 2012 / 09:58

    Thank you so much for featuring my blog! Being new to the whole writer/blogger thing this was a wonderful surprise. : )

    • 02 May 2012 / 12:46

      It was a great post Morgan – I will look forward to seeing you around 🙂

  4. 02 May 2012 / 12:31

    Thanks for the mention…even if it was in the context of vermin! Pesky critters…..

    Sarah x

    • 02 May 2012 / 12:46

      I do hope they never came back! It did make me laugh though – sorry!

  5. 02 May 2012 / 13:28

    Wow, thanks! The blog is something of a relief from the stress of motherhood, indeed.
    What I like best, though, is getting to know lovely people such as yourself GG! Well, your mum is not all that bad either, especially after she has some of the frozen wine that she keeps stashed for emergencies

    • 02 May 2012 / 14:00

      Can’t do it without #frozenwine! It’s a must for Twitter 😉

  6. 02 May 2012 / 14:03

    Thank you so much for the mention! I found out yesterday that 56 people visited my blog after searching the word Boobs! They didn’t stay for very long! I think they expected something bigger! ;0) Great round up! Will enjoy reading the others. Nice to know that I am not the only one who feels like I’m climbing a mountain!!!

    • 02 May 2012 / 14:05

      Oh dear!!! Sorry if I dragged a load of undesireables over to your blog! Keep eating the chocolate!

      • 02 May 2012 / 15:13

        I don’t think that it’s your fault! Maybe I shouldn’t have named my post Boobs! ;o)

  7. 02 May 2012 / 14:37

    Howdy y’all, thank you so much for the mention of my blog post, it has really increased visitors and I’ve had some lovely comments, it’s so good to know that my reflections are helping other Mums and making us all feel slightly more normal in our mad lives.

    • 02 May 2012 / 14:43

      Yay! I’m so glad Rowan – hope some people hang around for more too!

  8. 03 May 2012 / 15:25

    I’m a newbie too and just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying reading everyone’s blogs. It’s great to know you’re not alone and the trials and tribulations affect us all in one way or another. What is remarkable though is how everyone just gets on with it and does their best. I’m so pleased to be able to learn from other’s experiences. There are so many good ideas out there, one or two of them are sure to work for us!

    • 05 May 2012 / 23:05

      I think that’s why so many people blog – it can be such a lonely place being a parent, and you never anticipate that. It is wonderful to know everyone confronts the same problems, and there is so much support from other bloggers. Welcome on board 🙂

    • 02 June 2012 / 12:31

      Hi, nice to meet you! I’ll go and take a look 🙂 See you around, are you on Twitter?

  9. 02 June 2012 / 13:39

    Thank you, yep I tweet at @lisawatts26 we have just had the shipping trip from hell. Might make u chuckle later! X x