Tag Archives: parenthood

Seeking refuge in the cocoon of childhood

Dear little girls

I watch you both sleeping, gaze at your peaceful content faces. You dream away, oblivious to the increasing craziness of the world around you.

Jessica and Sophie having a cuddle - "Seeking refuge in the cocoon of childhood"

I am afraid for you. I am afraid of this increasingly dark world in which you are growing up. Afraid of the hatred that is out there, in a world that seems to be becoming more broken by the day.… Read more

If only I could bottle the moments…

The other night, I was woken by my big girl climbing into our bed and making herself comfy between hubby and me.  As she snuggled against me and fell asleep, I gazed at her little face and my heart melted.  I wished I could capture that moment, bottle it up and keep it forever.  The warmth of her little body against me, that beautiful relaxed sleepy face, the way she was holding on to my hand.  That beautiful feeling of completeness, of knowing that everything we needed in that moment was right there.… Read more

A moment when I am just mummy and nothing more

There are days when motherhood feels overwhelming. Days when the to-do list seems too long and the time too short.  Days when I feel like I am trying to juggle too many balls in the air.  Days when tempers flare too easily; when the small irritations feel like last straws.  Days when it feels like the simplest of tasks takes forever to accomplish and the demands of small children feel relentless.… Read more

The Mummy Tag

I love reading about other bloggers’ approaches to parenting in my weekly Parenting Pep Talk guest post series.  We’re all so different in the choices we make, trying to do what works best for our own families.  A couple of months ago, I was tagged by Fizzyjazzle to take part in the Mummy Tag and share some of my approaches to parenting.  It’s taken me a while to get around to answering the questions but here they are:

Me and my girls on a day out at Osterley Park - The Mummy Tag


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The truth about co-sleeping - Little Hearts, Big Love

The truth about co-sleeping

Co-sleeping always sounded like the perfect solution to sleep deprivation.  Snuggling up with my baby, being able to feed them while lying down, both of us dozing off, just drifting in and out of beautiful slumber…  Then as they grew into toddlers, the reassurance of Mummy and Daddy’s presence nearby in the night, being able to soothe them instantly if they had a bad dream and drifting back to sleep once more.  Snuggled up together, sleeping blissfully – it sounded perfect.  Four years on from those pre-baby fantasies of what co-sleeping would be like, I have learned that while co-sleeping might be a way of getting a little more sleep, it is not quite that blissful snuggly slumber that I imagined it would be.… Read more

Can I freeze this moment please?

A sunny afternoon, watching my girls having fun together. Listening to the squeals of delight, the giggles as they chase each other round and round. Watching the way they wander off hand in hand together. And I stop and think – this is my perfect moment. This is what matters most; this is what really makes my life worth living.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #10 – Odd Socks and Lollipops

Parenting Pep Talk is a fortnightly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.


Today’s post is from the lovely Jenni, one of my favourite bloggers who blogs over at Odd Socks and Lollipops.… Read more

Yesterday, a baby went to sleep in my arms

Yesterday, a baby went to sleep in my arms,
and for a moment the world stopped.
I gazed at her in wonder, my heart overflowing with love.
A moment cherished, a moment stored in my heart,
A moment that flew past all too quickly.


The world turned, and the changes came
A Moses basket became a cot
The sleeping baby woke up, rolled over
Then suddenly was crawling off
Little coos became vowels and words
And each time I fell in love again
With the new person my little one became
Only for her to grow and change again


Each little milestone celebrated
First tooth, first steps, first birthday
That little baby who once needed me so much
Grew a little more independent every day
Each milestone bringing mixed feelings
Joy and pride in those little achievements
And sadness for so many moments
That had now just become memories


But every so often, there would be a moment
Where I caught a brief and beautiful glimpse
Of the baby she once was in the child she had become.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #6 – Wave to Mummy

Parenting Pep Talk is an occasional series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.


Today’s post comes from the lovely Sanna, a chocolate-loving, photography-obsessed mama, always up for new adventures.… Read more

The #NoComplaints challenge – can you go a day without complaints, criticism or negative thinking?

I was recently inspired by Cuddle Fairy to take part in the #NoComplaints challenge – trying to go a whole day without complaints, criticism or negative thinking. Whilst I try to be quite a positive person, I know that I can also get quickly sucked into a spiral of negativity (especially when tired) and this sounded like a good challenge to try.… Read more