For anyone who follows Dress Like A Mum on Instagram, you’ll know that mum of two Zoë is always smiling. Always! I don’t think I can remember a photo of her without a smile on her face. For anyone who doesn’t know about Dress Like A Mum, it’s Zoë’s campaign to change the bad image … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Dress Like A Mum!
Claire Kirby writes a parenting blog called Life Love and Dirty Dishes. I think I first became aware of it when I read a post entitled We Are Not Rivals, a really beautiful piece of writing that every mum should read. Its message is simply that however we choose to raise our babies, be it … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Claire Kirby from Life Love & Dirty Dishes.
If you’re a parent, and a fan of social media, then chances are you have chanced upon the wonderful Sketchy Muma and her beautiful drawings depicting the ups and downs of motherhood. I first discovered Anna’s work when my little Button-Pusher was about two, and her pictures about pregnancy and those heady newborn days brought back such … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Sketchy Muma AKA Anna Lewis
Recently, after chatting to someone about my blog, they told me that their kids had never pushed their buttons because, “my kids never had tantrums”. But I don’t think that’s what button-pushing is. See the thing is, my daughter doesn’t really tantrum either. She’s nearly four, and we’ve been unbelievably lucky, in that she doesn’t … More What is button pushing anyway?
I don’t talk much about politics on this blog; I write it in a light hearted way, looking at how kids push our buttons, and about what I’m trying to do, as just one parent, to keep sane as I navigate the winding paths of toddlerville. But life is politics, right? You can’t escape it. Long wait … More Words are not just words.
You know what’s pushing my buttons at the moment? Me. I am. There I go again, winding myself up and annoying myself royally. So I stopped and asked myself, how, and why? I started writing this post back in September 2015. That’s a year ago. A whole 12 months of occasionally dipping into it and … More Where does the confidence go?
When I was at school, my mum told me that I could tell her anything and ask her anything. Pretty progressive for a mum in the 80s eh? She may have slightly regretted this when I came home from school one day and asked her to explain a joke about women and fridges, that I’d … More A vulva by any other name, is still a vulva.
This one pushes my buttons constantly, though it’s not my little Button-Pusher: it’s other parents. If your child is on a bike or a scooter, please, please, make them wear a helmet. It’s that simple. Buy a helmet. Put it on them. When I was little, no one wore a bike helmet (adults or children) … More #alwayswearahelmet
I’ve written before about how being a parent sometimes makes me feel out of control or that I’m failing at being a mum. A quick straw poll of mum friends, or a glance online at other blogs and magazine articles, and I take some comfort in knowing that I’m clearly not alone in feeling this way. … More In Control Mother Booker.
A’s for adorable, but sometimes for awful. B is for bogeys and bouncing on beds. C is for colds and coughing that’s constant. D is for Duplo and “DON’T bang your head!” E is for Elsa and bags full of energy. F is for Frozen: they won’t let it go! G is for Gruffalo, and grumpy … More ABCs: the toddler years