An Appreciation for Gas and Air

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In a continued celebration of motherhood, today I’m sharing a birth story from my friend Nicola. I can totally relate to so many aspects of her story but especially initially brushing off being in labour! With Thomas, I was so absolute in my certainty that no baby is born on their […]

The Birth That Didn’t Go To Plan

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There is no doubt that giving brith is a life changing event. Whatever the outcome, and however birth unfolds, I believe that each birth is unique and personal to each of us. Some labours can be counted as ‘good’ or ‘planned’ whilst others, just seem to be firmly in the world of […]

Would you consider being a surrogate?

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Watching friends struggle with infertility, miscarriage and the pain of IVF is without a doubt heartbreaking. It’s impossible not to feel a little guilty that we’ve had children with ease when others cannot. But I cannot, in a million years, imagine being a surrogate. Perhaps it’s because the people who […]

Parenting: Mindfulness in Children

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Yes, children can practice Mindfulness. Firstly let me describe the differences between mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is being completely present in that moment. Often we are doing something but not actually focusing on the task or action. How many times  has your child asked you something and you have answered […]

Building Resilience in Kids

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Particularly if your children attend an Edinburgh school, you may have seen a lot recently about ‘building resilience’ in kids. It’s been heartening to see schools really show commitment to helping children understand their mental health and emotional wellbeing. By developing resilience from the earliest stages, the hope is that kids will […]

The Edinburgh Parent’s Bible

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If you are local to Edinburgh and have’t heard of the ‘Edinburgh for Under Fives’ guidebook then you officially deprived. My Mum bought my first copy shortly after Katie was born and it quickly became apparent why it is much loved by so many parents. If you’re wandering in the […]