There are times in your life when you have to evaluate where you are and your view of yourself and the world. This often happens to mothers in those early years of parenting. Our bodies change, we sacrifice time and our own needs, our priorities shift. It doesn’t just happen to us when we become mothers – illness, a personal or family crisis, simply feeling stuck in a rut can cause us to feel overwhelmed, dissatisfied, confused, rudderless, even lost. I’ve read a few self help books over the years, and they can be a great tool for helping you unpick how you’re feeling in these situations.   ‘Strip Naked and Redress with Happiness: How to survive and thrive through personal challenge’ by Maria Hocking is a book you might want to pick up if you’re in this situation. This book is part memoir and part self help book as personal coach Maria shares her journey with you, her story of how she lost all her hair after the birth of her second child, and found clarity and confidence with her new nakedness. Hair loss is an incredibly emotive issue for women as it’s inextricably linked to social norms around femininity, but this book is all about releasing yourself from norms and finding the meaning and joy in your own life, with tools and techniques to help you make the most out of your life. Don’t think for a second this is a book about hair loss, that is just… View Post

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Before anything else, I’m going to label this with a chuffing big caveat THIS IS NOT ABOUT SINGLE PARENTING, this is about parenting on your own when there’s usually two of you. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to raise a child on your own so I’m not going to do anyone the disservice of pretending to know how you do it. What I’m going to be wittering on about here, is when you have a young baby or toddler and you are left on your own with the kids. Like most couples that are duos, we rely on each other to share the burden. In doing so you often fall into a routine. You may find you end up doing particular tasks or activities, or that one of you is better at getting little one to sleep than the other. The list could go on. But at some point you might find you are going to have to do a night, a few days, or even longer parenting on your own. This has happened to me a fair bit as we’ve gone long periods when Hubs has worked away during the week at very short notice, is away overnight for meetings, or even out of the country. We did get a short reprieve of the first few months of Small Boy’s life but not much longer. We do now get long stretches of weeks, if not months, when we are both at home, but I have learned… View Post

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Poorly serviced cars – or ones that are not serviced at all – are more likely to have problems on the road. This does not merely cause an inconvenience if you happen to break down, but it can lead to your car not being safe to drive. Why run the risk of putting yourself and your family in danger by not taking sufficient care of your vehicle. What are the car servicing and care basics that all motorists should know? Since having a family, I’m more aware that I know nothing about my car or the most effective and efficient ways of keeping it running well and safely. In all honesty, aside from the annual MOT or service I don’t give it much thought.  But like most parents I rely on a car so I asked the lovely people at DAT tyres to give me some tips! Tracking When your car’s wheels are out of alignment with one another, they will wear your tyres down unevenly. This means you can end up with a bald patch on the outer rim within a few thousand miles. Equally, the tracking of your car should be adjusted so that you can steer properly. Wheels that are unaligned will mean that you are able to swerve much less effectively. It could mean not being able to avoid a collision in some cases. Lighting External lighting is an essential safety feature of your car. Don’t just check that the usual lights, such as headlamps and… View Post

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