Today marks the end of the second UK Maternal Mental Health Week, led by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership. World Maternal Mental Health Day on Wednesday’s focus on ‘The Village’ emphasised the importance of giving access to the information and help that new mothers need. Much of the work needs to start with how we… Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Week 2018
I’ve been pondering bad habits this week. There’s plenty of socially dubious stuff our oldest child has done, like picking his nose and eating it, or the more unusual licking the shelves in H&M on one occasion, but what about us as parents? It’s a subjective topic but my ‘bad’ habits probably outweigh my husband’s… Continue reading Bad habits or bothersome quirks
A few weeks ago, we had to take Gus to A&E. He’d banged his head and a couple of days later started being sick – over me – at 1 o’clock in the morning, yeah! So I spoke to the GP and was advised to go up to the hospital to get it checked out,… Continue reading A&E revisited
These last few weeks have seen our four year old Herbie’s behaviour become more and more challenging in relation to his baby brother Gus. He will not stop deliberately hurting him, with acts of frustration such as pinching feet, hitting him on the head, ‘accidentally’ kicking him and crushing his hand. We’ve been at our… Continue reading Sibling rivalry
Sleep..it’s been on my mind a lot recently because Gus has not yet slept through the night, whilst his older brother was dutifully snoozing through from about four months. This meant I was getting hung up on what I was doing wrong with Gus to try and explain why he was different. Then I decided… Continue reading Is a full night’s sleep overrated?
This Christmas was hard, really hard. I’d wanted to celebrate Gus’s first Christmas in style, but nothing went to plan. I was exhausted from the never ending roller coaster ride that was Christmas in reception class for Herbie, with Superhero Dress Up Day, three Nativity performances (two in one day), a Christmas Fair for which… Continue reading Christmas stress
As the winter settles in, and weaning gets into full swing, here’s this week’s Top 5 annoyance rundown: 1. Useless de-misters: every car I’ve ever had has had a shit de-mister, and as the temperature drops I’ve resorted again to heating on full blast, windows open, hot water on windscreens and I still have to… Continue reading This week’s Top 5 winter wrangles