Finding Mummy – or; ‘Why a good ‘Girls Night Out’ does wonders for your self-esteem’.

Feeling Fragile So today I’m nursing a large bottle of water and wishing the children would be a little quieter, a little less argumentative, a little more gentle on my jangling headache. We were supposed to be having another amazing ‘screen free’ day today with…

Do no harm – take no sh*t. My life mantra.

Do no harm, take no sh*t… This has become my life mantra. It whispers to me in those desperate moments when I consider leaving my kids in the supermarket, mid sibling meltdown over rocket ice-lollies versus a Minion lolly multipack, when my eldest daughter eye-rolls me…

How do you create a happy bedtime?

Sleep begets sleep… I’m a firm believer that a calm bedtime leads to better sleep, better sleep leads to more sleep and a happier morning. I love bedtimes in our house. And I dread them too. That’s because I have kids of different ages. Small…

It takes a village (and a city) to raise a child

There is an old African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I remember saying this over and over to myself as I left our city life to move to the midst of rural Nottinghamshire. I repeated it in the hope…

Messy kids? Teach them to tidy up with the ‘Sunday Box’

I’ll let you all into a little secret…my kids are messy people. Very, very messy people. I can blitz this house, tidy and clean it to within an inch of its life, stage it like something out of Homes and Gardens and within twenty minutes…

An open letter to the snooty woman outside Laura Ashley who looked down her …

Dear Snooty Woman Yes you. The one with the immaculate hair, the newly manicured nails and the on-trend coat. Yes you. The one who felt she had some God-given right to look down her snooty nose and sneer at me and my wonderful children. I…

Putting the ‘Wild’ back into Wild Mama

I’m on a bit of a journey. A journey to put the ‘Wild’ back into ‘Wild Mama’ Those of you who read my very first post ‘Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is this person I don’t know at all’ will know that my life…