Parenting

Take Those Hugs While you Can

Take Those Hugs While you Can

I was talking to a guy friend the other day who has a seven-year-old son and a one-and-a-half-year-old son. We were drinking wine and sitting round the table and he told me how much he was loving the cuddles from his youngest child and how he was cherishing them. “Because when your son gets to(…)

Spiderman Socks for Everyone

Spiderman Socks for Everyone

Yesterday I read Mandy Wiener’s “Blue is for Boys is Bullshit”  and I was nodding along in agreement with lots of her points. There are so many reasons why gender stereotyping is driving me crazy, mostly because putting boys and girls into little boxes does no one any good. It harms individuals, it harms society and we need(…)

Latest Links & New Hair

Latest Links & New Hair

I do love the Internet. It can be maddening sometimes sure, but it can be such a rich powerful force of information and amusement when it wants to. Here are some links I’ve been reading over the past few days: “I’m sorry to all the mothers I used to work with” – an interesting article,(…)

Will Black: Not a Gina Ford Baby (Guest Post)

Will Black: Not a Gina Ford Baby (Guest Post)

I thought it was high time you heard from some other writers on this blog – so today I’m excited to bring you a post by my talented business partner Catherine Black (the other half of Black Mountain, geddit?!). Catherine had her son William last year and from the beginning we’ve shared lots of laughs about(…)

Explore More: Fun Activity Boxes for Kids

Explore More: Fun Activity Boxes for Kids

As you know, I am not the world’s most crafty Mom – I outsource that stuff. I don’t have the time or talent to dream up fun educational crafts for my kids and I would not even know where our closest art and craft supplier is, never mind what to buy when I get there.(…)

Keeping it Simple

Keeping it Simple

Since my kids were born I’ve been trying very hard to cook them nutritious meals that were made with love. I steamed vegetables and blended them just right, made kid-friendly casseroles with hidden courgettes and even stewed my own fruit, following specific recipes step-by-step. Most of these they have spat out with distaste.  Last night I was so(…)

Getting Rid of Mimi

Getting Rid of Mimi

“Getting Rid of Mimi” sounds like a bad chick lit novel or a movie you’d watch on a rainy day with a big bowl of popcorn. But no, this is my life – let me introduce you to Mimi. She’s a bit duplicitous in that there are three of her. She favours the colours blue and(…)

Maternal Instinct & Female Intuition

Maternal Instinct & Female Intuition

I’m not excluding fathers here, I’m just writing from my experience, as a woman and a mother. Maternal instinct and female intuition are difficult to describe but I’m starting to be aware of them now, more and more. Maybe it has something to do with being the weaker sex physically, so our senses for danger(…)

Educational Activities for Kids (and Busy Parents)

Educational Activities for Kids (and Busy Parents)

There’s a lot of guilt going around if you’re a parent. From their actual birth to breastfeeding to sleep training to discipline and everything in between, every decision is over analysed and some level of guilt attached to it. One of my biggest concerns and fodder for guilt is that I don’t spend enough time with my(…)

The Terrible Twos are Really a Real Thing

The Terrible Twos are Really a Real Thing

So I’ve written about the F*ing Fours before – which thankfully are now over. But of course, the parenting Gods have a wonderful sense of humour and they never let you get away too lightly. Enter the Terrible Twos with all their might and fury (and way before the rascal even turns two I might add). I(…)