Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Claire Kirby from Life Love & Dirty Dishes.

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.

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Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Sketchy Muma AKA Anna Lewis

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

Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Mamazou founder: Jenny Raymond

It’s been ages since I talked to any mamas or papas about having their buttons pushed.  But as we’ve just had Christmas, I’m sure we can safely assume that buttons were being pushed left right and centre!  But when will Santa come?  When you go to sleep.  But is he here now?  No, not yet, … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Mamazou founder: Jenny Raymond

Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Mark Lemon, Author

Watching Mr Baffled with our little Button-Pusher makes me think he has so much more patience than I do!  How does he do it?!  Is it different for dads?  I asked Mark Lemon of Lemon Drop Books and author of the wonderful Otis and Thea Lemon series, what pushes his buttons: Mrs Baffled: Mark where are … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Mark Lemon, Author

Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Father of Daughers, Simon Hooper

My little 3 1/2 year old Button-Pusher, pushes my buttons on a daily, if not hourly basis. Annoyance and frustration are two buttons that get pushed heavily on any given day.  That’s a lot of button-pushing from just the one toddler.  It made me wonder: does it increase with each child you have?  Who better to ask … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Father of Daughers, Simon Hooper

Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? David from Big Fish Little Fish

I sometimes watch Mr Baffled with our little Button-Pusher and think, he’s so much more patient with her than I am, and I started to wonder whether dads’ buttons are different to mums’, or whether kids push them in different ways?  Best way to find out: ask some dads. David Round works alongside his partner … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? David from Big Fish Little Fish

The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.

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.

This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.

Recently I interviewed Emily Joyce about who pushes her buttons and how she navigates parenthood.  She said one thing in particular that really stuck in my mind:  I wonder whether a lot of parenting is about the loss of control and trying to cope with that. It rang a big old bell for me, and struck … More This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.