Family & Friends

These pages are for those seeking advice or to learn about the experience of others on matters of fertility and trying for a baby, parenting, family relationships, friendship, marriage and love.

Maternal Mental Health

Mental health awareness for mums

I have written and rewritten this article more times than I care to admit, but the main reason is I really want to get this right. This week is perinatal mental health awareness week and that…

9 min

Who is Looking After New Mums?

Learning to prioritise self-care after a baby

I had a bad year in 2016; my second son was just a year old and both physically and mentally, I felt like I’d dragged myself through that first year of his life. I was looking…

11 min

Mum Guilt

An inevitable by-product of motherhood?

I was recently having a conversation with a friend who is a new mum to a beautiful 8 month old girl. She was telling me how she felt guilty about not attending enough ‘baby groups’ as…

7 min

Big Little Trip: A Mother and Daughter Travel Adventure

Part 5 – Being Brave in Panama

Lisa has spent almost a decade juggling her career as a television producer with single motherhood, she is now taking a year out to go backpacking around Latin America with her nine-year-old daughter, Lily. You can…

7 min

Dealing With The Loss of a Parent

A letter to myself

Dear Me, 2012, It’s impossible to put into words how you are feeling right now, after mom passed away so tragically and so prematurely.  Six years later, I have the benefit of hindsight, clarity, logic, but…

4 min

Coming of Age: being the parent of a child about to turn 18

Mixed emotions as my first born turns 18

I have found myself becoming distracted by the fact that very soon my daughter, my first born, turns 18. Only 19 days until, in the eyes of the law at least, she is regarded as an…

5 min

National Siblings Day (UK) – April 10th 2018

Sister? Brother? Or sibling free?

I have never been siblingless (is that a word?). As the youngest of two girls, my life as I know it has always included a sister, 2 years and 1 month my senior. Growing up I…

6 min

Amsterfam: Two Raisin Swirls and a Pear

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

A national holiday in a new country is like staying over at someone’s house for the first time. You know how you roll out of bed, but how do other people roll? Do they get dressed…

7 min

Pocket Money

Setting realistic expectations for children

There are clearly advantages and disadvantages to giving children pocket money. Advantages could include the ability to learn how to budget from a young age and save up for something they might like to purchase. Disadvantages…

4 min

Positive Birth Stories

A collection of ‘positive’ birth stories in the words of those who experienced them.

This is a long one folks and it includes some quite specific details of actual human births. We appreciate this feature won’t be for all our readers because there are many people who choose a childfree…

18 min