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Happy people raise happy kids

Happy people raise happy kids

After almost a decade of writing about parenting, and 16 years as a parent myself, there's only one thing I know for sure: happy people raise happy kids. It makes sense, of course. While there's no doubt that happy people can and do raise unhappy kids (we have all...

It’s time to banish ‘mum guilt’ once and for all

It’s time to banish ‘mum guilt’ once and for all

Confession time: I'm over the whole 'mum guilt' thing. Yes, mothering is a b*tch of a thing because we love those little terrors so deeply and utterly that we want everything to be absolutely perfect for them. We often sacrifice our own happiness to make that happen...

How to stop worrying about what other people think

How to stop worrying about what other people think

There's a theme that keeps coming up the more I talk to my fellow mums about parenting: we worry way too much about being judged. In fact, while we talk a lot about mums of newborns feeling judged, worrying about what other people think seems to become more of a...

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

There's a very clear reason why we launched Mumlyfe in February 2018: mums stop talking about parenting. There's just not a lot being said about parenting the over fives out there. It was really clear to me as a parenting writer because I found myself writing...

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

The #1 parenting issue I get asked for advice about is "how to balance work and family". How do I balance my work and family life? How do I balance being a working mother? How do I balance work and kids? Except for three lots of maternity leave (each a  little...

11 tricks to banish working mum guilt (mostly)

11 tricks to banish working mum guilt (mostly)

When my kids were little, I never felt the need to banish working mum guilt. I felt it, I gave it some space, I let working mum guilt just be. I think I realised quite early on that I was a mother who needed to work. There's a good chance that I didn't have to work,...

Goodbye angry mum: How I overcame my anger and stopped the yelling

Goodbye angry mum: How I overcame my anger and stopped the yelling

I was an angry mum for way too long. It actually felt like my set-point was Angry Mum - I was just constantly going mental about something and the little respites of not being angry started to get further and further apart. I regularly yelled and felt justified in the...

It’s okay, we all regret having kids sometimes

It’s okay, we all regret having kids sometimes

At some stage (usually day #11 of the newborn stage), at some time (anytime), every mother - no matter how much she wanted to be a mother, no matter how much she loves being a mother, no matter - will regret having kids. I mean, she might not want to admit that out...

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Jules Sebastian on turning ‘negatives’ into positives

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Often what we perceive to be our flaws are often our greatest gift. In this edited extract from Jules Sebastian's new book Tea & Honesty, she explains how turning negatives into positives is as simple as learning to turn on your light. What a fabulous lesson for...

In Good Company: Little herb pies with pickles

In Good Company: Little herb pies with pickles

Sophie Hansen's gorgeous new cookbook In Good Company is out today. You might remember Sophie from such hits as her previous book A Basket by the Door, and especially her delightful golden syrup biscuits. Oh, those bickies! It's hard to believe, but In Good Company is...

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

Oh boy, where to begin!? Do I just come out and say it? I hate that my daughter has a sex life. There you go, it's out, just like that. I hate, hate, hate it. This post was written by an anonymous Mumlyfe reader To begin, I never thought I'd write an anonymous story...

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