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SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain in pregnancy
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SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain

Hannah Price

Pregnancy is not an illness but when you have SPD it certainly feels like one. As mamas-to-be you want to feel strong and empowered and womanly. Having SPD makes you feel weak and distanced and fragile.

Common pregnancy problems - when you should worry and when you should call the doctor in pregnancy
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11 Common pregnancy problems: when should you call the doctor?

It’s hard to know when you should bat your worries away as pregnancy angst or when you should get things checked out just to be on the safe side. We’ve put together a list of the reasons when you should get things checked out. do just that and touch upon some of the common pregnancy problems that can occur.

school routine - school morning hacks to help kids get ready sooner
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12 Great morning school routine hacks

The getting ready for school routine in the mornings is the worst! We’ve put together some top tips and genius hacks to get you all more organised and to make the school morning routine a little bit easier.

Baby number 2. Welcome to level two. Out of Depth Dads life has changed with the arrival of baby number 2
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Welcome to LEVEL TWO. Life with the arrival of baby number 2

Chris McGuire, The Out Of Depth Dad

They say that ‘pride’ comes before a fall. As a SAHD to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, we’d got things into a nice routine, and nothing (poo, puke or my pathological hatred of Peppa Pig) could rock our little boat.

postnatal depression in dads - what you didn't know about paternal postnatal depression
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6 myths of postnatal depression in dads debunked

Viren Swami

After the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. As a dad but also a social psychologist, I began writing about my experiences to try and better understand what I was going through.

Postnatal anxiety - the postnatal condition no one talks about
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Postnatal anxiety, what we don’t talk about

Katie Scott

It first happened a few days after giving birth, when I was chopping carrots for an evening meal. It was like a sudden vision, a flash across my mind’s eye. As I drove the knife down into the carrot

mess up as parents - 12 parenting fails you'll almost definitely experience
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12 ways you’ll almost definitely mess up as a parent

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and, if truth be told, everyone is bound to mess up as a parent and make mistakes along the way. Let’s just hope our kids forgive us somewhere down the line. In our defence – we REALLY didn’t mean it.

gender neutral parenting - a tale of two extremes - has gender neutral parenting gone too far
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Gender neutral parenting – a tale of two extremes

Natasha Mahtani

There are a new generation of parents however who are choosing to raise their children gender neutral. By this I don’t mean they are giving their children choices where toys or clothes are concerned but rather not assigning their child a gender for fear of their child imbibing the self-limiting beliefs and/or stereotypes of either gender.

Breastfeeding - no one tells new mothers that breastfeeding is hard
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Breastfeeding – what no one tells new mothers

Natasha Mahtani

Everyone warns you about the symptoms you’ll experience during your pregnancy, the braxton hicks, the labour pains. But not one person sat me down and said “breastfeeding is going to be hard.

Reaching out - a restaurant trip with Abel - autism
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Reaching out

Rebecca Black

I was in a packed restaurant, enjoying lunch with my two closest friends. Our children were happily eating and chatting all around us. All of a sudden everything had became a little ‘theatrical’.

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Why I don’t make my children share

Sally Johnson

Growing up with two siblings, some of the biggest fights I remember were when we fought over a favourite toy. I still remember vividly an almighty row in the back of the car I always flashback to that day when I am told that we should make our children share.

sibling - siblings - sibling love - sibling rivalry
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Sibling: the gift of each other

There are two photos on my mantelpiece. Both photographs are perfectly-captured moments of a sibling bond. Both make me believe that I have given my girls the greatest gift of all – the gift of each other.

hand to hold - mum life - motherhood
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My favourite hand to hold

Sally Johnson

It was a haze of hospital beds, nurses and bleeping machines when suddenly you were here, with that first exhilarating cry. I reached out and you wrapped your tiny hand round my finger and held on tight.

toddler - toddler life - tots - young children
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8 life lessons my toddler teaches me

Anna Woodson

Spending your days hanging out with a toddler is exhausting and maddening and funny and wonderful and on some days can drive you to the brink. But toddlers can teach you so many important life lessons.

newborn visitors, visitors after having a baby, keeping newborns safe
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10 rules to set for newborn visitors

Welcoming a new arrival in the family is such an exciting and wonderful occasion. It’s lovely to share the joy that your baby brings but newborn visitors can sometimes cause you a lot of stress.

increase breast milk - breastmilk production - breastfeeding problems
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8 superfoods to increase breast milk production

A good diet will ensure that you get plenty of nutrients to nourish your body and help you balance the demands of breastfeeding. There are also many foods that you can include in your diet to aid and increase breast milk production.

pets in pregnancy - will my pets harm my baby
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Will my pets harm my baby?

Often before you become a parent you already have some precious babies in your home. We take a look at pets in pregnancy and how pets can be bad (and good) for your baby.

give birth - birth plan - baby arrives
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What kind of Birthing Mama are you?

There are so many things to think about when it comes to giving birth. Whether you’re into hypnobirthing and fancy a natural labour or are more of a bring-on-the-drugs kind of mama, it doesn’t matter.

sleepover - sleepovers - hate sleepovers
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Parent confession: I hate sleepovers

Kate Burnett

Ok so I’m prepared to sound like a mean mum. I’m prepared to get shot down in flames on social media for admitting this but here’s the thing. I hate sleepovers. I really, really hate them.

talk to teenagers - secrets of communicating with teenagers
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Secrets to communicating with teenagers

We all know how hard it is to talk to teenagers when all you seem to get back is a grunt or a monosyllabic response to the most innocent questions, such as ‘How was school?’.

ween parenting - why parenting tweens is so exhausting
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Why parenting tweens is so exhausting

In many ways parenting tweens should be the sweet spot. Your child is older and less dependant on you. They can put on their own shoes and even make you a cup of tea.

child is stressed - tips for dealing with stressed tween
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Top tips for dealing with tween stress

There’s a saying that you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child. If your child is stressed or hurting, then this can ring very true. More so if you are at a loss as to the best way to help them.

exercising during pregnancy - tips for staying safe - woman exercising at home
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Tips for exercising safely during pregnancy

In recent years exercising during pregnancy has been shown to give a number of benefits to mum and baby. We have put a list of tips and things to watch out for, to help you practice safe exercise during pregnancy.

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