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So Many Things to Love About My Little Girl

My daughter throws the most amazing tantrums and is the most stubborn and most persistent person I know. Because of this, what my mother used to say to me, often rings true for how I feel towards her. My mother used to say, “I won’t always like you, but I will always love you.” So… Read more »

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Trusting your instincts

Looking back now, those early days of crying were a tell-tale indicator. However we had a few other distractions. Whilst breastfeeding was going well this time (because, lets be honest, when something with a tongue akin to a cat’s is sucking at and pulling your nipple in ways that defeat imagination, you’d never say its… Read more »

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We Have a Son!

I had heard that girls are to their fathers, what sons are to their mothers. I had also heard that boys are more affectionate. So I was quite happy to find out that our second child was to be a son. I was looking forward to lots of cuddles – something our independent daughter is… Read more »

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How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

Ever wondered how people raise babies in other countries? Or have you just assumed we all do it the same? If you’ve travelled, you’ve probably already realised that certain countries aren’t stroller friendly – and you never see the mums in Africa, on the Discovery Channel, pushing their babies around in a stroller… So how… Read more »

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Returning to Work

It’s been a little quiet in my blog land. I’ve been learning to juggle work with my expectations of myself as a mother. Out there in the wider blog land, there are countless mothers commenting on their experiences returning to work. Most of them reluctantly returning to work, wishing they could stay home with their… Read more »

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Baby Survival 0-4mths

Ok, we all know that a baby needs a cot, nappies, wipes etc… Here are some things that I’ve bought that have saved my sanity many times!! (and no, I’m not sponsored by any of these companies)

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Death threats are not usually something you’d expect to receive as an author, but this was Amy Chua‘s reality after the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’. It is possibly the most controversial book relating to modern parenting. When it was published in 2011, heated discussion… Read more »

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Touch Me Not!

Rewind eight months and I’m at work, standing at the coffee machine getting my only caffeine fix of the day, my morning ritual. Suddenly I feel something on my very pregnant belly. I look down to see a hand… Not my hand.

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Bringing Up Bébé

When I ask French parents how they discipline their children, it takes them a few beats just to understand what I mean, “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they ask. “Discipline,” I soon realise, is a narrow, seldom-used category that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is… Read more »

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Is male circumcision a taboo?

Having a little girl, I’d never given this much thought… But a recent court ruling in Cologne has argued that it should be illegal to circumcise your son for religious reasons, unless he gives consent. This has stirred up great debate amongst religious communities. I hadn’t even considered the religious argument… But then I haven’t… Read more »