Let’s Just Be Mothers, Not Martyrs

We all need time to ourselves. Sometimes being a mother is like being part of a ridiculous circus. Where you’re the juggler, the tightrope walker, the clown and the person who sells the hot dogs in the interval. So it’s not surprising that every so often we want to go and do our own thing for a while. This usually means walking around the supermarket, rather than sat in luxurious hotel spa, but time to yourself is vital. Personally, I have to take mental health days from motherhood, otherwise I turn into a shouty mum. Shouting, lecturing, finding fault, and generally being a massive ratbag. My favourite way to unwind isn’t the most financially healthy way. I like to head to the shops, child free. I enjoy window shopping and having lunch out, I am certainly not one of those people who doesn’t like eating out alone. Some people might tut at wanting me… View Post

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I’ve hit the school holidays wall

School Holidays; Day eighteen. This was how long it took for me to hit the wall. Truthfully, they were beginning to annoy me by lunchtime on Day 6. But it wasn’t until Day Eighteen that drinking from a bathtub of vodka with a straw began to seem like a good idea. I want to be a mother. I love my children. Why is this happening to me? And I know I’ve beat this drum before but my parents didn’t spend entire school holidays entertaining me, why the hell are my kids demanding it? Am I the only one who doesn’t want to play find the chalk circle amongst all the other chalk drawings on the garden pavement? The days are a long, they feel like groundhog day: Mummy!  Want! Need! Can I have! Me!  Meeeeeeeeee! Ok, it’s not as bad as that but it feels like it at time’s. I know,… View Post

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What Has Being a Mum Taught Me Today?

Every day is a school day when it comes to parenting. It is challenging, rewarding and sometimes its funny. So what has being a mum taught me today? – dried milk and weetbix would make an excellent substitute for cement – just because it seems to be entertaining both children and thus giving you a break, it is not advisable to let the five year old roll the toddler across the floor – doing the dishes might be your biggest accomplishment for the day – if possible, you should celebrate your big accomplishment with cupcakes – hearing your child say, “Jeeeeezus CHRIST!” is less funny than you might imagine it would be – Cake is the answer to all my woes. – going to the toilet without an audience should not feel so much like ‘Mummays alone time’ – if you don’t cut your baby’s fingernails, he will rip your face off… View Post

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