At first glance this looks like a father and son moment; a lesson in handling a saw and managing a garden. The truth is it is a lesson in handling consequences and managing poor decisions. Look closer at the picture, do you see the tree on the right? It has a huge branch torn off … Continue reading Learning lessons
You are more than just a mom. Those words actually make me wince. Today is International Women's Day and social media is all lit up with phrases like 'you are more than just a mom, you are a woman, you can rule the world'. Hashtags like #girlboss #bossbabe #girlpower and #thisgirlcan constantly remind us that we … Continue reading Just a mom?
"Oh, I don't run with others." This was my response to friends who had done Couch to 5k and wanted to join me on some of my regular runs. It makes me cringe now, looking back but there was a reason behind it. Running for me is more than just getting fit. It is my headspace, my … Continue reading Running with others
This week social media has been awash with smiling cherubic faces proudly wearing their school uniforms, and behind most camera lens is a misty-eyed parent. Walking my son to school for his very first morning was more than a tad emotional' his little knees peeping out beneath his freshly ironed shorts and his chubby little … Continue reading Why first days break hearts
I write this post propped up against a giant stuffed tiger on the bottom bunk bed watching over my youngest. He awoke in the middle of the night shouting for me as he was sick. He seemed instantly brighter afterwards, and even smiled his heartstoppingly sweet smile to crack a joke while washing his hands. … Continue reading I will never leave you
So here I am, sat in soft play, trying to bottom out some deadlines before the weekend. It is quieter than usual - possibly because most self-respecting parents don’t palm their kids off to soft play as soon as school’s out on a Friday – and I am trying to dodge the deprecating stares from … Continue reading Working Mom Woes
"It does get easier I promise". The words I gently spoke to a mom at nursery this morning as her son buried his head into her shoulder, crying before we even got through the front door. Her own lip wobbling, and tears filling her eyes, she tried to smile and spoke in a soothing, singing … Continue reading To the mom at the nursery gates
Dear beautiful, Congratulations! You have joined the prestigious, bleary eyed, milk stained, caffeine fuelled club that is motherhood. Firstly I want to tell you to enjoy these precious few moments as a brand new family. Ignore the phone, wave off visitors and bed down with your baby. Cherish each gurgle, each smile, each milestone. Hold … Continue reading The letter I wish I had read as a new mom