These pancakes are a breakfast favourite in Lauren’s house (with regular requests for “panpakes” from her 19-month old). They’re light and fluffy and are so quick to make. We often have them as a treat on a weekend, but they work for a midweek treat and snack, too. Healthy, filling, very tasty and perfect for all … More Family food: Cinnamon breakfast pancakes [recipe]
This is possibly one of the most simple, quick and nutritious meals we do. Suitable for all the family, it’s packed full of goodness and is fun for little fingers to handle. It’s a winner in our house and is a great way to get lots of goodness into a meal you can eat hot, … More Family food: Spring greens (or ANY greens!) and feta tagliatelle [recipe]
With getting on for 550 followers on our Facebook page (thank you!) and almost 10k views here on the blog (thank you again!) we have a hit a small snag in the road… We are very passionate about certain elements of parenting. Indeed, our initial desire to set this blog up was to give support, … More The Mother Side: A Disclaimer
Wondering why your baby is a bit cranky, not sleeping, wants more cuddles, to be carried more, or to be left alone? Has your smiling, bouncing small person suddenly switched personality? Have you been through the usual list of wind, teething, discomfort, tiredness, full nappy etc and nothing seems to be working? Yep, sometimes there … More Cranky and sleep averse baby? It could be a developmental leap…
Here at The Mother Side, we are both still breastfeeding. As the girls are now over a year old, this is classed as ‘extended breastfeeding’. We’re not sure why it needs this label – things don’t suddenly change after a year, and both the NHS and the WHO recommend feeding to two years (and beyond). … More Things *not* to say to a breastfeeding mama…
Can you tell by the title that I wrote this post at Christmas?? I was pretty chuffed that Prim got to 13 months without being ill. There were a snotty few days when she was two months old and the inevitable teething snot and nasty nappies, but that was it. In November, we made up for it with … More ‘Tis the Season to be Snotty.
Before you have kids, and even whilst you’re pregnant, it’s impossible not to speculate about how you will raise your child(ren). A combination of your own upbringing (either wanting to emulate it, or do the complete opposite to what your parents did), seeing how friends and family members do it, and what you see in … More My Mother Said She Never Would.
Firstly, make that THREE hospital bags. Yes, you heard us correctly. Three bags, packed as early as 30 weeks – after a friend went into labour very early, before packing her bag and before buying a car seat, you don’t want to be caught short. Bag One: Your stuff Bag Two: Baby’s stuff Bag Three: … More What on Earth goes in my Hospital Bag?
I’m looking at you, Facebook. You too, Twitter. And *especially* you, Instagram. An old school friend messaged me back in May 2016. It was lovely to hear from her, but something she said resonated, and not in a positive way. ‘Hi Jo’, it read. ‘You seem to have this baby thing under control…’ (And then … More The Social Media Effect.
No, seriously, WHAT NOW? Think about it… You want to drive a car? You take umpteen lessons and a test to prove your competence. Fancy flying a plane? Wave goodbye to 1500 flying hours and £100K. Desperate to be a doctor? 10 years of training, thank you very much. Resilience, dedication and thorough preparation, all … More So I gave birth, what now?