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.
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
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has got into the habit of requiring a nappy change, just as we’re about to leave the house, and it has the power to push buttons of annoyance, anger and frustration all at once. It drives me crazy. Really crazy. I leave the house these days in a rush and a … More The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.
Dear Daughter, I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m so over changing your nappy, I’m done with the diapers, it’s time for your tush to meet the toilet. And let me tell you why. Early last summer, and feeling as though the world and his wife had commented on it being time to … More I’m done with diapers.
I’ve been doing my best to avoid using the word ‘bossy’ when referring to my gorgeous little Button-Pusher. Words are powerful and can have a very negative effect on our emotions and self esteem, and the word ‘bossy’ has a particularly negative association. So much so, that in 2014, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, launched the … More Bossy? Nope just being assertive Mum!
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has recently started to call me ‘Mum’. Just a handful of times, but it’s on the increase, and it has stopped me in my tracks. I was not not prepared for it and I’m not happy about it! And why? Why is it such a big deal to me? When B-P … More Don’t call me Mum!
There once was a girl with a head full of curls, whose favourite word was ‘mine’. From the moment she woke, whenever she spoke, she would utter the very same line: “That’s mine!” she would whine, all of the time, regardless of what she had seen. A toy, or a hat, a bike or a … More But It’s Mine!
As I was spraying dry shampoo into my hair for the 4th day on the run last week, it struck me that I wouldn’t have got through the last 2 1/2 years of motherhood without it. I always knew there wouldn’t be time for long soaks in aromatherapy bubble baths once my little Button-Pusher came … More Surviving in the (Mother)hood