There’s no motherhood manual. Maybe you learn what you think you should do from watching others, from the way your were parented by your own mother, or other mother figure. Maybe you read books, or watch Supernanny even. I once knew someone who read Gina Ford and became an instant expert on all things baby – for about five minutes of motherhood.
Dr Carla Runchman is a Clinical Psychologist, mum of one, founder of Mama Diary and author of ‘Mama Notes’, a notebook for the first 12 weeks of motherhood to help mums focus on their emotional well-being. Together with space to make notes on newborn essentials such as feeding and nappies, each week has a well-being focus with ideas or activities to try, and journal pages with prompts to help you reflect on the important moments of these early weeks.
When entering the world of parenthood, your world changes completely. Some, parents choose to become stay-at-home parents, some try to work from home and stay with their children and others head back into the world of work.
Each ‘option’ comes with its highs and lows, positives and negatives.
Females are often hardwired to nurture, give advice, and at times judge. We are all human at the end of the day and we each have our flaws, and our preferred ways of doing things, but sometimes the advice we get, or maybe a comment we have overheard really gets to us. There is no […]
Mother’s Day is fast approaching again. Have you got your gifts and cards organised? Personally I think the best Mother’s Day gifts are free – I’d be happy with half an hour to lie in the bath to be honest, or just a cuddle and a movie night with my favourite little people. If you […]
Are you the primary carer of your children? Do you find it hard to trust other people with their care? You aren’t alone. A survey from Withings reveals that over half of all new mums don’t trust anyone but themselves to look after their baby. 55% of mums polled said they don’t trust their mum, […]
Motherhood is awesome. I feel very lucky and privileged to be a mother and every time I hear cries of “Mum” or “Mummy” I am reminded of how lucky I am. It’s not a role I take for granted. I am acutely aware that there are many women who would love to be mothers and […]
Body shaming mothers after the birth of their baby and a continued amount of time afterwards – not something I ever thought I would be writing about but having seen a number of things of social media recently, this is clearly quite an issue. The definition of body shaming is the practice of making critical, potentially humiliating […]