Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?

“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?

Shove your shhhh! Libraries are getting more child-friendly…and it’s great

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

5 reasons why going from 2 to 3 kids isn’t as scary as you’d think

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

Everything you need to know about breastfeeding…and more

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

How it feels: To have your child groomed by paedophiles online.

Every guest post we’ve featured thus far has played on our emotions as parents – the time we spend talking to our guest writers, the editing of their words… we’re often left humbled, inspired and amazed at their bravery and capacity to not only carry on during some seriously tough times but also to write … More How it feels: To have your child groomed by paedophiles online.

How it feels: I’m a dad, not a visitor

The world’s attitude to dads is outdated.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