Reality of parenting

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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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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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The role of a lifetime

When I first daydreamed about having children I couldn’t wait to start a family. To cuddle my infant, to be the one to sooth their cries and to kiss any hurts better. I imaged a baby or small child who would need my help. I didn’t think past this point, or that maybe it wasn’t just them that would need me, but I would feel a need to always protect and care for them

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Why you can never really have parenting sussed

Entering new phases in children’s lives is, I’m sure, nature’s way of saying ‘you think you’ve got this sussed, but I’m afraid your wrong’. Suddenly again the rules change and you don’t really know the game you are playing, let alone the perimeters. You have a baby; your world turns upside down and you quickly…

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Room 101 – Parenting edition

If Frank Skinner comes knocking and asks what I would put in Room 101 here are my top things.. 1.       Unsolicited advice, however well meaning, and especially when it starts with “have you tried…” Or even worse “you wait until….” That I call smug advice and that’s the most annoying type! 2.       People who brag…

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Letter to new mums

Dear new mummy, First let me start by saying congratulations! You have a baby! How does it feel being someone’s mummy? What a massive change. You are now on life’s longest and most important apprentice and so far, you are doing a wonderful job. You have brought a life into the world!! You are bloody…

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