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The Mum CV

What does motherhood really do for your career?

Could you be more skilled, post children, than you were before? Or are we just full of ‘baby brain’? Preoccupied, thinking about collecting the children on time, etc? When you take time out of work to have children, or change career post children, the workplace can seem a little daunting. I have heard many mums say they have lost confidence, or somehow feel deskilled. They worry about applying for jobs, interviews or promotions as they doubt themselves.

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Review – A new mums experience of baby massage, and why it helped her confidence as a mother

As a new mummy, one of my biggest worries was that I was doing something wrong with my baby; especially if I was doing something differently to Joe Bloggs next door. Alexia, at Root sand Wings Parenting, works hard to let her mums know that ‘whatever (their) approach to parenting, baby massage is inclusive and benefits all babies. (And that) as the parent you are the expert on your baby and whichever method you choose is the right one for your baby and family!’ That message really spoke to me as a Mum and made me feel secure and comfortable when learning from her.

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Dear Gro Clock

Dear Gro Clock,
I must admit I was holding off on buying you for some time.
You held so much promise and I knew that once all other options had been exhausted I would be able to rely on you, for not only a decent night’s sleep, but to rise at an appropriate morning hour.
I knew that you would be able to solve all our problems. In your shiny box, with your lovely accompanying story.
Oh Gro Clock, how we pinned everything on you!!

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Five things to know about premature birth

The wonderful Gemma Lovegrove has been kind enough to write this guest piece, a brave and honest account of her experience. She has some wise words about premature babies and the main things you need to know. It’s common Our babies were born when I was 25 weeks pregnant. Yes, they were twins. Yes, twins…

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The should/ shouldn’t list all new parents hear

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The tired competition

I don’t think my husband and I are alone with the’who is more tired’ competition. Pre-children I don’t remember competing with my husband about such things. In fact, I laugh at the old me thinking I was tired if I had anything less than my 8 hours sleep! (I say laugh, a laugh cry!)

 Now, well, now I know tired!! I have 2 children who both took just over a year before they slept through the night! And still now on average I am up at least once a night and they are 3 ½ and 2! So, we are seasoned pros at the who is more tired game.

A particular favourite of ours is when the morning comes and we both complain/ compete about being tired (in case you were wondering, it is of course always me!).

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New baby’s guide to the first few days of life

This is a tongue in cheek look at a baby giving advice to another baby, on what to expect in those first few weeks of life…
“So you have just arrived, well, welcome to the ‘world’!”
“What a funny old place this is? It seems so emotional. Mummy, ‘the soft one’, cries a lot, and the flat chested one, Daddy, doesn’t seem too sure what to do with the crier, or you”.
“If you are wondering about all the noise, don’t be scared. This is just what its like on the ‘outside’. You’re used to muffled sounds and hearing the sweet tones of mummy, and the base of daddy’s voice, then to suddenly hear everything is SO much louder, is a shock…

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When the phrase, ‘I’m lucky’, should be banned

“My 11-month-old wakes so many times in the night! I’m exhausted and nothing I do works, any tips or anyone else experienced this?”
You will inevitably find a response like, “I’m lucky, we never had this problem, mine have always slept 7-7”
Why? Why say it? Why do people feel the need to share their ‘luck’ in this situation when another is desperately trying to find others that relate?

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Juggling

It’s not a new concept. I am sure every parent across the country feels like a top circus act, the amount of juggling involved with raising a modern family.
The question is how do we know we are getting it right? When we choose one thing over another are we making the right choice? Is the grass ever really greener?

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How does she do it?

The thing is, it is easy to imagine someone’s life. To imagine they have it all together. But it is a snapshot, a freeze frame in time.

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