I’m pregnant – Only good stories please!

Why do people have a hard time remembering their manners when it comes to talking to pregnant women?  Would you go up to someone who was about to have their appendix out and say “My cousin Stan, died from that operation!” Or “She was never the same again….” to someone about to have a hysterectomy??????  Yet on hearing that someone is expecting, complete strangers will waste no time in saying  “…..52 hours in labour I was, huge baby – they had to cut me – couldn’t sit down for weeks….”  or “….the pain was unbelievable – thought I was going to die…”

The media does not help, ‘One Born Every Minute’, Channel Four’s recent documentary on the labour ward at Southampton Hospital worn a BAFTA for Best Factual Series.  The majority of births were, quite frankly, terrifying...

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Good Enough Parenting!

I don’t think I am a very good parent!  Possibly a harsh criticism of myself, but lets examine the evidence.  I have three daughters (DD1 -7, DD2 – 7 and DD3 – 4 nearly 5) and they have made not listening an art form!

I enter into pointless arguments with them and have to be reminded, on many occasion, that I am the grown up.   I have become quite talented in blocking out the constant “Muuuummmmmeeeeee, she hit/stuck her tongue out at/pinched/kicked/looked at (I know – seriously!!!!) me” chants and have made it known that only if they draw blood will I pay any attention.  I’m not particularly good at playing games with my girls – they never play fair anyway – and I am not adverse to sticking them in front of the TV for a bit of peace and quiet...

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