The Best Laid Plans

It’s often the small things that send you staggering. Sometimes it’s because they hit you completely out of the blue, and other times it’s just the tipping point for something much larger. Due to my anxiety and OCD, I often have trouble keeping social engagements. As much as I know I’ll enjoy myself when I’m

Does Mother Really Know Best?

Mother knows best! This phrase really frustrates me. Like, really. It gets right under my skin, creeping and crawling through my nervous system and sending shivers down my spine. Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an overreaction, but only a bit. In general, when you apply it to the personality of your child, it

Don’t Give Him a Dummy, Dummy!

I always said I never wanted to give my children a dummy. I don’t like seeing toddlers out and about with those bits of plastic sticking out of their mouth as they run around the playground. Then there are all the photos where you can’t see their faces properly because of that same bit of

Life With A Newborn: 5 Things I’d Do Differently

Life with a newborn is bloody hard work, and us first-time mums have a habit of making it even harder than it needs to be! Looking back, I can see that I was trying so hard to prove my worth as a mummy that I spent more time stressing and less time enjoying. Baby blues

If You’re Happy And You Know It Slap My Face

My son is at that stage where he is really starting to feel things – happiness, excitement, rage, fear – but those emotions run away with him because they are all so new and he doesn’t know how to handle them. You know how it is. Toddler drops toy, sandwiches are cut the wrong way, cup

Postnatal Mental Health: Barriers, Judgement, and Misunderstanding.

I never really intended to discuss my mental health on this blog. The whole purpose of setting up Parenting and PND was to have a platform for such topics. I always intended to keep them separate…I didn’t want my experience of Postnatal Depression and Postnatal OCD to take over this writing space. Back then I

Toddler T’s 5 Favourite Rainy Day Activities

Stand in the kitchen doorway rattling the safety gate screaming at me because he refused to eat his lunch or snack and now he’s starving.   Pull every single toy out of his toy cupboard, and then proceed to scream when he can’t slam the doors because there’s a toy in the way.   Walk

What The Hell Was I Thinking?! A story of parenting

It’s the early mornings when I find myself in the kitchen at 6am making breakfast, trying hard not to scream at Toddler T who is gleefully banging cupboard doors because we still haven’t got round to putting locks on yet. It’s those mornings, when I haven’t had more than 2 hours sleep in a row because the

100 Days of Gratitude: Day 30

I am 30 days into my #100DaysofGratitude challenge, which means I’ve been doing it for a month now. Some days I have found really hard…by the evening I’ve been so burnt out that I just couldn’t remember much of the good bits. Note to self: start posting during daylight hours!   Today’s gratitude goes to

The Storm that follows The Calm

So many people talk about the calm before the storm. Some use hindsight as a way to pinpoint the exact turning point; the point at which everything went wrong. Some get that gut feeling which tells them that it’s just too good to be true, and they find themselves anticipating the hurdle. For me, that