Lessons in Discomfort

The Christmas tree never got decorated that day. It started with a row, with him and me shouting about innocuous things, and that would there ever be a space for…

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The Myth of the Ideal Mother

A nice Mum whacked me with a compliment this morning, as I was quietly eating the froth off my coffee with a teaspoon. ‘You’ve got your four kids – You…

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Having A Newborn Baby Is Hard

Yesterday the doorbell rang. My kids answer it before I can. I can hear a woman’s voice asking “Is Mummy home?”. From the tone of her voice I can tell…

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When Your Baby Cries A Lot

From the moment my baby was born she cried. A lot. She wouldn’t feed. She writhed around like a wild animal caught in a net. And screamed. I was the…

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All The Things We Resist

Summer holidays hit the ground, six weeks alone with three kids and the baby. We drift in to week three, and a calmness reveals manageable patterns, and that I’m still…

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