Guest Post – Making a Mumback

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A brilliant guest blog post by Camilla Hill on returning to work post maternity leave… On Monday I will return to work following my second maternity leave. I would love to breeze through the doors looking confident and stylish, swinging an empty briefcase ready to get stuck straight back in while the team greet me with a standing ovation, a sigh of relief and a welcome back cappuccino. In reality though I am nervous, lack confidence and have zero to … Read More

Before breastfeeding you need to know this!

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  I can understand why posters in hospitals don’t tell all. Let’s face it, “Breastfeeding – a sure fire way to make your nipples bleed,” isn’t great. But education is not about piling on pressure for women to feed their babies one way, nor just explaining the benefits in isolation. It’s about giving the facts – that sometimes it doesn’t work, that you can decide not to and your baby will be fine, that breastfeeding is indeed amazing and wonderful … Read More

What do I actually want?

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It was my birthday at the weekend and as part of that did exactly what I wanted to do. Hmm not unusual you say, but the thing is I realised that it was. I realised that I spend most of my time saying, “What do you think? What do you want to do? What would work best for the group / family?” None of this is bad of course, making other people happy brings me immense joy and I am … Read More

Guilty Mothers Guide to Work Post Xmas

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Ahh the first day back at work after Christmas. Even if you like your job it can feel grim after time with those you love most so here are a couple of ideas to make it slightly easier… – Plan to do more of what you enjoyed and loved about Xmas all year. Do it now before you forget. We have decided on a monthly family games night, for example and GBK being around in the mornings has been so … Read More

Ever been to a farm in the rain? Here’s why you should…

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Turns out today was wonderful. It started badly, the pouring rain as we arrived at the farm made me question the decision not to just head for a play centre. Apparently though, farms can be excellent fun in the rain. You see for starters we were pretty much the only fools there. Animal feeding – all to ourselves, we literally fed the entire farm (though I did learn that feeding goats has a limited attention span, mine obviously). Pets corner … Read More

Spread some ho ho ho (again)

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Last year in December my Lifebulb Moment was to spread some Christmas cheer through completing a random act of festive kindness. For me that meant making up bags of magic reindeer food and leaving on random cars around the area (see link above). Aside from some challenges with the rain (made the label ink run, GBK found me dashing out like a crazy when I found a dry afternoon) and that I got slightly carried away and basically car dropped the … Read More

My fears for son of a feminist

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I’ve always worried about my girls growing up in an unequal world but up until recently have never had the same concerns for my son. However, I realise this complacency is misguided. I am so lucky to have an amazingly sensitive, calm and caring little boy. I would say in touch with his feminine side should this not in itself be a hugely problematic statement. He is happiest role-playing, currently with his dolls and pram. His favourite colour has for … Read More

Lifebulb Moment – See beyond the obvious

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“I’ve found some fallen birds wings” she whispered “Where?” I replied (scared there might be the remains of a cat massacre in the garden) “In my pocket” she continued “Phew. Can I see?” I asked, entering straight into the world of make believe that occupies most of my 4yr old’s time. “Yes but you have to be very quiet” I never fail to be amazed by the imagination and inbuilt curiosity my children have every second of the day. They … Read More