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How to stop worrying about what other people think

How to stop worrying about what other people think

There's a theme that keeps coming up the more I talk to my fellow mums about parenting: we worry way too much about being judged. In fact, while we talk a lot about mums of newborns feeling judged, worrying about what other people think seems to become more of a...

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

There's a very clear reason why we launched Mumlyfe in February 2018: mums stop talking about parenting. There's just not a lot being said about parenting the over fives out there. It was really clear to me as a parenting writer because I found myself writing...

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

The #1 parenting issue I get asked for advice about is "how to balance work and family". How do I balance my work and family life? How do I balance being a working mother? How do I balance work and kids? Except for three lots of maternity leave (each a  little...

11 tricks to banish working mum guilt (mostly)

11 tricks to banish working mum guilt (mostly)

When my kids were little, I never felt the need to banish working mum guilt. I felt it, I gave it some space, I let working mum guilt just be. I think I realised quite early on that I was a mother who needed to work. There's a good chance that I didn't have to work,...

The (hopeful) end of the angry mum

The (hopeful) end of the angry mum

I was an angry mum for way too long. It actually felt like my set-point was angry mum - I was just constantly angry and the little respites of not being angry started to get further and further apart. I regularly yelled and felt justified in the yelling. I felt...

It’s okay, we all regret having kids sometimes

It’s okay, we all regret having kids sometimes

At some stage (usually day #11 of the newborn stage), at some time (anytime), every mother - no matter how much she wanted to be a mother, no matter how much she loves being a mother, no matter - will regret having kids. I mean, she might not want to admit that out...

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Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

It's no doubt the #1 response parents make when they ask what they want for their kids in life: "I just want my child to be happy." “I just want my child to be happy.” We mean it wholeheartedly when we say it. Then we leave that happiness to chance. We talk to our...

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