“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
You may be forgiven for thinking that libraries are a dying breed, full of nothing but books and stuffy librarians. But you would be wrong. Created over 200 years ago with a vision to open access to literature across the classes, and now subject to ruthless local government funding cuts which threaten their future, libraries … More Shove your shhhh! Libraries are getting more child-friendly…and it’s great
Depending on which study you read, parents of three or more children are the happiest. But sometimes the prospect of adding to a clan of one or two is enough to scare some parents into remission. Kath, a working mum-of-three, once said to the Mother Side’s Lauren that going from one to two children is … More 5 reasons why going from 2 to 3 kids isn’t as scary as you’d think
Over 3.5 million people in the UK are estimated to experience infertility, and 60,000 fertility treatments are administered each year. Our guest post comes from a Mother Sider who has been on an incredibly long and emotional journey to have children. After the birth of her firstborn through IVF, and six subsequent failed IVF rounds … More How it feels: Donor eggs and IVF
Mel Pinet, an expert in babywearing at Wrap a Hug, gives us the lowdown on everything you need to know about babywearing. Both Jo and Lauren at the Mother Side carried their babies in slings and carriers, and found it not only a lovely experience having their little ones close (and so handy for naps on … More Babywearing: benefits, advice and safety
Welcome to parenthood! We bet you thought your days of cinema-going were numbered? Or that you’d be forced to watch kids’ films for the foreseeable? Well, think again. Many cinemas across the UK are catering for new parents and their love of cinema by offering weekly parent and baby screenings of new releases. This is bloomin’ … More Cinema with your baby? Yes you can!
Over 80% of mums who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks weren’t ready to do so. What an astounding statistic, and gutting to read because so often these mothers feel like failures and yet it is the breastfeeding support system (or lack of it) that has failed them. But there is support out there. … More Everything you need to know about breastfeeding…and more
Whether you want to change jobs, progress your career, get the qualification you always dreamt of, or simply keep your brain ticking over, studying is a great way to achieve this. There are so many courses, colleges and universities around now that are geared up to help people study around life. But, in reality, how … More Tips for studying while raising a family
The world’s attitude to dads is outdated. Many fathers want to take a hands-on role in raising their babies, and research shows this is beneficial to both father and baby (and, indeed, mother). But we live in a society where fathers are sidelined and considered the ‘clueless’ half of the parenting partnership. From being forced … More How it feels: I’m a dad, not a visitor