Life After Kids – The Good Bits

Photo Credit - Robyna May

Before I had Master I, I swotted up on pregnancy and babyhood.  I read the inevitable (What to Expect when you are Expecting and Baby Love), the slightly hippy (Well Adjusted Babies by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani), the somewhat terrifying (Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf), the guilt-inducing (The Smart Love Parent by Pieper) and the hilarious (Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke).   In retrospect, I may have believed that becoming a parent was going to come with a final exam – a literal rather than figurative one.   What those books cumulatively gave me (aside from a complex) was the belief that:  I would never shower before noon, I would lose all sense of my self, the people in my life would lose respect for me, that I was completely unprepared for parenting and if it were possible, I should rethink the whole idea.  My reality was very different.   I wanted to share seven things in my life that are so much better for having children. Continue reading

Finding the time – 7 simple ways to start creating the time that you need

We’ve all said it – “I just don’t have the time.”

DSC07541And we tend to say it a lot more after having kids.

This post looks at some simple and tested ways to save you time and help you use it more effectively. Some of what I am suggesting might seem a bit Stepford-Wifey to you, but trust me, it works. And it won’t cost you anything, in fact some of these tips might actually help save you some money. Continue reading

September Challenge: The Inner Minx

16-My daughter, the Magnificent Miss M, turned 1 at the end of July this year. I can honestly tell you that from the moment M entered the world until she was about 11 months old, motherhood for me was totally consuming. Sleep deprivation, breast feeding issues and M hating the car, all culminated in me becoming a self-doubting and anxious mother. I had moments, sometimes days of confidence but it wouldn’t take much for my confidence to be undermined and I’d be back at ground zero again. I didn’t come up for air it seemed until the 11 month mark. Continue reading