We enjoyed some rare child-free time this weekend and whilst walking in the sunshine down to the pub, I spotted a little girl who looked roughly the same age as our eldest riding a bike (without stabilisers), and immediately turned to Conrad and said “we really should get Frank out on his bike and teach him to ride”. He pointed out quite rightly that we don’t know how old the girl is. But it raised a bigger question for me; why do I impulsively compare, and is it a healthy habit to have as a parent?

Its natural to compare…


There are many parents out there that don’t need a break from their children. I am not one of those parents. This weekend I’m having an overnight stay without the kids, and I can’t bloody wait.

I need this time to miss them. I love the feeling of being excited to see them again and there hasn’t been much opportunity for that this past year. I need this time to sit in silence and read, or eat a meal at a normal pace instead of devouring it like a rabid wolf. It may be paradoxical but I need time away…


Four year old Frank was sitting with his brother in the bath this week and out of nowhere asked me; ‘do you believe in God, mama?’. I paused before offering up a classic deflection technique; ‘well, what do you believe?’ He didn’t skip a beat — ‘you first’. Damn it.

I was raised Catholic but my family aren’t especially devout; as is often the case my Grandparents are, but my parents less so. My brothers and I went to a Catholic school and although we didn’t attend Church every Sunday, we did ‘show our faces’ (as my Dad would say)…


“Stop taking photos and let us eat our lunch in peace”

They say being a parent doesn’t come with a handbook, but that’s not strictly true; there are hundreds out there. Despite devouring several of them over the years, I have made some errors in judgement that I’d like to share with you so that maybe you can learn from my mistakes.

I was struggling to get our three year old to wear sun-cream; it was basically like wrestling a crocodile, and since it was summer I was doing this multiple times daily and getting increasingly fed up. So I explained to him about sun burn and why sun cream is…


You blinked and your baby is now a toddler. Welcome to a crazy parenting stage, where reason goes out the window and suddenly your household’s happiness rests on the whims of a tiny dictator. Toddlers do have a bad reputation, and with good reason; they defy logic, they like to exert their independence, and they have big feelings. But whilst they are certainly challenging at times, there’s also something really special about seeing their personality explode. …


This week marked a whole year since restrictions due to Covid-19 came into effect in the UK. During this time my family has been through three lockdowns, multiple periods of self-isolation, and I was poorly with Covid-19 myself. Through all the worries, illness, uncertainty and challenges, the pandemic has changed the way I parent, and it might be a change for the better.

I used to believe I had to take the boys out every day for some sort of activity or class., because I claimed that if they didn’t go out they would be climbing the walls and destroying…


Its Mothers Day, and like everyone mums have had a tough year. But maybe, just for today, we should raise a glass and consider what a great job we’ve done. And how we can support each other in the future when we are allowed to attend baby groups, classes, parties, soft plays, school functions and everything in between. Here’s a couple of stories about the impact we have on other parents.

Once I was at a soft play, Frank was nearly two and going through that phase where they want to do everything independently. He was insistent that he could…


Ever since I became a parent I’ve felt a relentless undercurrent of guilt about everything and anything, from sleep training to screen time, from dealing with behaviour to needing a break. The pandemic hasn’t helped; now I’m feeling guilty about things I have absolutely no control over, and I know I’m not the only one.

The pandemic-enforced homeschooling is fertile ground for feeling bad about your parenting skills. Not only do I worry that I’m not a patient or competent teacher, but other mum duties inevitably get left behind. My youngest, Bill, has been babysat by CBeebies and Youtube Kids…


My four year old, Frank, will be heading back to school on the 8th of March with millions of other children that have been learning at home. With one week to go, what do we need to do to prepare?

Well, first off, where is their uniform?! It seems like an age ago I tucked the white polos and school jumpers away in a cupboard somewhere. The P.E kit? No idea. I’m not confident his (brand new) school shoes still fit, so I might need to replace those. There is a book bag knocking around somewhere, as well as a…


Coming Soon to Cinemas — How to Homeschool Your Dragon

I’ve only completed one half term of homeschooling because my little boy, who turned four last July, only started school in September. I was not prepared; possibly because I am naive or wasn’t paying attention, or possibly because the Government repeatedly told us schools would stay open. Anyway, here’s what I’ve learnt so far…

Always Have Alcohol In The Fridge

Yes — it is stressful and you lose your patience and you feel bad for shouting or not being better at this. Yes — you probably shouldn’t use a large glass of wine to chill out at the end of…

Moonface Mum

British Mum of two, ex bar manager, and big fan of gin.

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