As a mum, I know just how fast kids grow and I remember the baby stage really well. The boys both had outfits that they only wore a couple of times before I had to pack them away as they had outgrown them and when tidying the loft recently we found a bag of them. Well, I am not alone, a recent survey found that 71% of parents still have baby clothes that their children have grown out of and half of the parents of teens like me are still hanging on to their clothes!
I love Mother’s Day. Yes it might be overly commercial, but it is a wonderful reminder for us all that Mothers are amazing. Plus with two little boys in the house that love giving and making cards and gifts it is the perfect opportunity for them to express their creativity. As much as I adore homemade flowers such as our beautiful cake case daffodils, nothing beats roses.
There is nothing nicer than a homemade card, especially one made by your kids. I am a huge fan of homemade mother’s day cards made by my boys and I have pictures of all the ones they have made during the years. So with Mothering Sunday this Sunday, I thought I would share with you some quick and easy Mothers Day cards that can be made by children which are perfect for Mum’s or Grandma’s this weekend.
This week I have been acutely aware of missing my mum.
There has been a mum shaped whole in my days.
This is my third Mothers Day without her and she was not one for the soppy sentiments in Mothers Day cards.
But more than my pain and the pain of my children, I hate the fact that my wonderful sister in law now has to go though Mothers Day without her mum.
Her wonderful mum died on Friday night.
I hate that I am welcoming her in to a club that I do not want to be part of.
That I can not take away her pain and also that I know how much heartache she is going through.
I read this post by Becky and so want to echo the sentiment. Family is not something, family is everything.
To all the motherless on Mothers day
Mother’s Day is a special time of year where we celebrate everything that our mothers have done for us over the years. From changing your nappy to helping you put money into your children’s savings account and, these days, listening to all your worries and woes, your mum has been there for you through it all, so she deserves something special to remind her just how important she is. We suggest you read this list and avoid these items at all costs or you can expect to have one disappointed mum on your hands this Mother’s Day.
Ten years ago I became a mother. ten days after Mother’s Day that year. I remember getting a card from the bump (thanks to MadDad). Ten year’s ago my life changed in ways I could never imagine and each year I love Mother’s Day. This year I have teamed up with Paperchase to bring you some ideas to share with your husband and the kids. I am delighted to be working with them as most people know I am fueled by pretty stationery and tea!
If you’re expecting a baby during the first few months of the New Year, you’ll need to negotiate all the excitement and temptation of the New Year celebrations. But rather than look upon this as a challenge, you could view it as an opportunity to make some lifestyle choices for a healthier pregnancy. These New Year’s resolutions should leave you feeling healthier and more optimistic about the year ahead – and about the arrival of your baby.
This parenting lark is hard work. Just when I think I am doing well, something comes along that gets me questioning what we are doing or how we are doing it. As a woman I find the fact that I am the mother to two boys something of a challenge and a huge responsibility. Now before I continue I just want to say this is not about whether or not it is harder to parent boys or girls.
Before I was a mother I never understood the meaning of mother’s day, well that isnt quite true it was before my boys started making me things. Yes Mothers Day and Fathers Day might be cheesy, but it is wonderful too. The joy of getting something homemade from your children is irreplaceable oh and the lie in is brilliant too.
This year is the first year that I feel comfortable celebrating Mothers Day without a mother. It is over three years since Mum died and yes I still miss her, but I no longer pine for her company like I used to. My new normal is actually becoming normal. Now that is a sentence I never thought I would write!
As a mum of two boys, I feel very strongly that they have respect, understanding and think of girls as their equals. Does this make me a feminist?
I feel that it is my job as a woman, mother and feminist to instill in them that women and girls are their equals. All children, boys and girls, have a better chance in life when their mothers have benefitted from gender equality. Educated mothers are more able to support their families both economically and emotionally. Men and boys are part of the solution.
Today is the first ever International Day of the girl. As a woman this is not something that I can ignore. Worldwide, girls carry the burden of poverty more than anyone and 75 million girls are currently denied an education. What is one of these girls is the woman who was destined to discover the cure for cancer? 75 Million girls are NOT in school, which is about one in three girls worldwide. This is a HUGE waste of potential. They do not have a choice in this, but you have a choice in standing against this discrimination.
What can you do to make a difference?
Sign Plan International’s petition to ask that education be made a priority for girls
“speak out against gender bias and advocate for girls’ rights everywhere” as International Day of the Girl asks you too.