Confidence is a fickle friend who nips out for a fag at the first sign of trouble. If you’ve lost your mojo – through illness, career or relationship lows or the sudden realisation that your greatest achievement today was chipping three weeks’ worth of hardened Shreddies off your once-aspirational Eames Eiffel Chairs – you’re not alone. Charlotte takes comfort in the words of a poet who was denounced in his lifetime as “an upstart Crow… that supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you.”
In a guest post for Still You, freelance writer and soon-to-be mum of two Emma Wood tells us how motherhood has given her superhuman powers.
October half-term is over and we are all back to the grind this week. How was it for you? Oh, you went on a little family getaway? How lovely. You must feel rested and refreshed. No? Sorry, I forgot, family holidays aren’t particularly restful are they? Rachel compares how holidays have changed since kids came along.
Rachel is rubbish at Halloween. Why doesn’t she get into this celebration when she obsesses over others? Is it because she’s a lazy English snob who can’t sew? Or is it just too much effort?
Has your to do list has taken over your life? Charlotte brings you ten warning signs that motherhood is turning you into a workaholic.
It’s a common question for many mums when their second child reaches a certain age: am I finished with having kids, or do I want more? Rachel has ummed and ahhed over this dilemma for months. Can you help her answer the 3rd child question? (more…)
From the moment that little bundle of cells nestles into the lining of your womb, our society sees you as a baby-vessel first and a human being second. Think it’s over when you’ve got through the baby years? That’s just the beginning… Charlotte explains why your body isn’t your own when you’re a mum… (more…)
If you were smart before you had kids, you don’t need me to point out that you still are. There are a lot of childbirth horror stories out there but I’ve never heard of a labour so gruesome that the hospital cleaner was left fishing the mother’s brain cells out of the birthing pool. So why do some of us feel so intellectually inadequate after we’ve had children? (more…)
I’m a woman who ‘came of age’ in the 1990s. My formative years were spent under the cultural influence of Britpop, Girl Power, Heroin Chic, Grunge, Trainspotting, The Word, The Girly Show… I could go on and list all my favourite 90s things, but I won’t, you get the picture. It was all about hedonism and rebellion. (more…)