Coping as a couple when your child doesn’t sleep

Coping when your child doesn’t sleep can be tough and put strain on any couple. Our son didn’t really start sleeping through the night until he was two, and even now he can still wake up at any time after 4am.   It’s okay to sleep apart Almost every couple I know sleep apart at some point with young kids. Better off that one person gets some sleep that nobody does. Throw in hot humid nights or one of you snoring, or having to get up early for work, and it makes sleeping apart even more attractive. If you opt…

#RealMumsWorking : an interview with All About a Mummy

Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.   Today I’m joined by Amy from All About a Mummy.  I was excited when Amy said she’d be happy to answer a few questions and share her experiences.  I too  juggle home working for part of my week and I’m always looking for tips to add to my list of ways to make working home work.       How did you feel about going back to work after children?…

Moan Britannia : we Brits love a grumble but it can be for the good?

Us Brits love to moan. We get a bigger kick out of it than watering our garden during a hose pipe ban, and we’re better at it than even our ability to wallpaper; a bold statement I know. Despite my overall positive outlook, particularly when it comes to responding to a crisis or having a bad day, I am not immune to this bug. I can roll my eyes at a perfectly reasonable request to do anything like the next person. In fact my default negotiating position when being asked to do something is say no, and then go from there.…

Why should parents get help with childcare costs? Because of this…

Why should parents get help with childcare?  That’s something I’ve read a lot on social media. It’s generally wrapped up with comments about people on benefits, or immigrants.  People shouldn’t have kids if they can’t afford them. You get my drift. Of all those sorts of comments, there’s one particularly type which stand out to me. It’s the ” I had it tough, why should you get it easy” type of remark. “ How do you think we managed in our day?” one Facebook community member wrote on a childcare news story. It pops up on posts about lots of…

A spellbinding cast for the supernatural Sophie Morgan series

I don’t know many authors who haven’t conjured up an image in their head of what their character looks like.  Even if the edges may be a bit fuzzy, you get a feel for their build, their hair, the way they move, and the way they talk. It’s all wrapped up in the arduous weeks and months that we spend crafting them and the years that we live alongside them. Nothing is truer for authors of series who can spend entire careers with their leading characters and locations. I’m the creator of the Sophie Morgan urban fantasy series. The first…

#RealMumsWorking : an interview with That British Betty

Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.   Today I’m joined by Lisa from That British Betty  Lisa works full time in public relations as well being a parent and running her blog.   How did you feel about going back to work after children? Honestly? Resentful. I missed out on a lot of ‘firsts’, school assemblies, sports days, summer holiday and much more but our financial circumstances meant I didn’t really have an option but to…