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The contradictions of imperfect parenthood

I looked down at the smashed glass Christmas bauble and felt hot tears well in my eyes. I knew it was irrational, but the disappointment, exasperation and feelings of failure that had been bubbling away finally made it the surface, and the broken Christmas decoration...

Time to remember – October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Time is a funny thing. When things are going well and life is busy, days feel like minutes, weeks feel like hours. Before you know it, it's Christmas and you're saying things like 'where did the year go' to relatives you haven't managed to catch up with since the year...

Gender disappointment, or not…

I'm 6 months pregnant with my second child, and although I'm definitely more exhausted, I feel like a huge whale already and can't comprehend how I'm going to last 3 more months while running after a toddler, fortunately everything is going well so far. Just like we...

My parents are on a golden gap year

The gap year is a familiar concept. Soon out of school or university, young teenagers with few responsibilities and even less money jump on a plane and head abroad. They spend a year or two living in overcrowded share houses in London, drinking cheap beer most nights...

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday…’

I've recently returned from a family holiday on the beach. It was idyllic - long, sunny days that never got below 25 degrees, a beautiful, deserted beach on our door step that we only shared with sea gulls and the occasional beach jogger and the crisp sea air and...

What is the best protection for whooping cough?

Concerned by a recent brush with whooping cough in my family, I was complaining to my colleagues about the vaccination options and whether they are really the best solution. I've always been pro-vaccination, so that's not the issue, but I was unsure why so many people...

Do I really need a mothers group?

A dear friend of mine, pregnant with her first baby, asked recently: “Do I really need a mothers group?” She clarified: “I have you guys (in my friendship circle we have produced 11 kids under 4), and my sister. If I have any questions, couldn’t I just ask you?” My...

A-type goes AWOL – how maternity leave changed my working life

I saw this post earlier in the week on Mamamia about Editor in Chief Jamila Rivzi's decision to 'lean back' after having her first child. As an occasional reader of Mamamia, I had noticed that Jamila seemed to be back at work relatively soon after having her baby. Her...

Baby sleep – 5 secret tips

“How’s your baby sleeping?” Is often the number one question new parents get asked. For most of us, getting a baby to sleep can be hard. Really hard. You might be surprised to learn that for babies, sleeping doesn’t always come naturally. Babies may need to be taught...

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