6 ways working in hospitality prepared me for motherhood

I have worked in the hospitality industry since I was sixteen and, for the most part, loved it. I made lifelong friends, had some good times (great times actually(, and to this day I make a cracking old fashioned. Now I’m a mum of two and only work back of house, I do miss itContinue reading “6 ways working in hospitality prepared me for motherhood”

7 sentences I never thought I’d say

Happy Mother’s Day all! I put together a last minute post because Conrad and I were laughing about the weird stuff we say as parents that no one would ever, EVER say if they weren’t talking to small crazy offspring. So here’s my top seven bizarre sentences I never thought I’d say, but have. 1.StopContinue reading “7 sentences I never thought I’d say”

7 Things I Said I’d Never Do As A Parent (Before I Actually Had Kids)

Everyone is a perfect parent with the best intentions, until you actually have kids, and then you realise how bloody stupid you were. I often look back at my idealised version of the mum I’d be; clean and stylish, calm, patient, organic healthy snacks in my changing bag, and I laugh and laugh because clearlyContinue reading “7 Things I Said I’d Never Do As A Parent (Before I Actually Had Kids)”

5 Things We Say To Kids That Wind Me Up

I get a lot wrong as a parent and I say or do things I look back on later and feel awful about. So it’s a bit rich of me to write this when I’m just winging it like everyone else; but these five phrases really rile me up and I’m writing about it anyway.Continue reading “5 Things We Say To Kids That Wind Me Up”

The Problem with Comparisons

We enjoyed some rare child-free time this weekend and whilst walking in the sunshine down to the pub, I spotted a little girl who looked roughly the same age as our eldest riding a bike (without stabilisers), and immediately turned to Conrad and said “we really should get Frank out on his bike and teachContinue reading “The Problem with Comparisons”

Why I Need Some Child-Free Time

There are many parents out there that don’t need a break from their children. I am not one of those parents. This weekend I’m having an overnight stay without the kids, and I can’t bloody wait. I need this time to miss them. I love the feeling of being excited to see them again andContinue reading “Why I Need Some Child-Free Time”

How the Pandemic Has Made Me a Better Parent

This week marked a whole year since restrictions due to Covid-19 came into effect in the UK. During this time my family has been through three lockdowns, multiple periods of self-isolation, and I was poorly with Covid-19 myself. Through all the worries, illness, uncertainty and challenges, the pandemic has changed the way I parent, andContinue reading “How the Pandemic Has Made Me a Better Parent”

A Mothers Day Toast to Other Mums

Its Mothers Day, and like everyone mums have had a tough year. But maybe, just for today, we should raise a glass and consider what a great job we’ve done. And how we can support each other in the future when we are allowed to attend baby groups, classes, parties, soft plays, school functions andContinue reading “A Mothers Day Toast to Other Mums”

Parental Guilt, the Pandemic, and Me

Ever since I became a parent I’ve felt a relentless undercurrent of guilt about everything and anything, from sleep training to screen time, from dealing with behaviour to needing a break. The pandemic hasn’t helped; now I’m feeling guilty about things I have absolutely no control over, and I know I’m not the only one.Continue reading “Parental Guilt, the Pandemic, and Me”

Pandemic Parenting

In Feb 2020 I was at a brilliant wedding (without the kids, which is always a bonus)! We were all crowded together for a big picture, the exasperated photographer urging us to move in closer together to get us all in. Later the groom did a DJ set and we all packed on to theContinue reading “Pandemic Parenting”