After the mindfulness course – what happened next?

I received a letter in the post this morning, written in my own handwriting. I thought for a moment. It wasn't Valentine's Day, so what could it be? It was something I'd written 6 months ago, during the final session of an 8 week mindfulness course. I began the course as I was around 6 month's ...

How full is your cup today?

How full is my cup? My cup is always full. In fact, I currently have five full cups of tea stationed around the flat. I never get the chance to bloody drink them. Or do you mean bra cups? Those particular cups do runneth over. Thanks to a ravenous baby they’re inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. There ...

A Father’s Day Note

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children’s painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and ...

How to have a fun mini break, without leaving your house!

Ah, the promise of a weekend away: whether you're seeking sunshine,  craving culture or fantasising about foodie treats, a mini break can be just the ticket. Many millenia ago, circa 2012 BC (before children), we spent weekends skipping* around Europe with suitcases smaller than a packet of cornflakes and a, frankly reckless, absence of wet wipes. ...

Finding extra time to connect with my child

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it’s been 18 days because I’m counting the scratches on her cot walls. She’s coping very well with the seismic change that shook her tiny ...

Surviving life with a newborn and toddler

I had a baby. The last time I had a baby was just over two years ago, around the same time that we began watching Game of Thrones. Interestingly, I can remember virtually every storyline of Game of Thrones and yet I had forgotten many of the details of life with a newborn. Such as...Continue Reading...

Mindful birthing: using mindfulness during labour

I’m about to have a baby. Last time I had a baby, it wasn’t much fun. I went into my first birth incredibly well-prepared. After 9 months of yoga, natural birth books and an excellent hypnobirthing course, I drew up my birth plan. I intended to breathe out the baby into an orb of white light, witnessed ...