All About Me

I am Jen Walshaw, mum to two boys 14 months apart in age, who are currently 15 and 16.  We live in the North East of England and my home is never quiet, which is why my mum named it The Mad House all those years ago and it stuck.

I am passionate about raising creative children whilst instilling them with skills that will last a lifetime, which can be quite a challenge in this digital age!

Parenting kids makes life full of chaos, laughter, stress, fun and no two days are the same. Being a parent is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever done and it doesn’t help that there is no job description or right way to parent.  I really am just trying to live a creative life in a digital age fueled by tea, fabric and stationery!

Mum in the Madhouse - photo headshoot landscape

I am passionate about crafting and cooking, and can often be found in the kitchen teaching the boys (aged 15 and 16) to make pizza dough, or making homemade gifts for family and friends. When not up to my eyes in flour or paint, I can be found writing about family life.

My parenting style seems to be either all or nothing, there is no parenting middle ground here, but that also means that there is no right or wrong way to parent, just the best way for your family.

family photoshoot boys

What you will find here is crafting, art, cooking with kids, realistic parenting tips and screen-free activities along with a dose of real life.


We show you that boys can craft, cook and be creative, as well as play sports. In fact, we aim to show you that whatever girls can do, so can boys and vice versa.

Mum in the Madhouse - photo by Rosie Parsons-30a

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Registered office:  Jen Walshaw c/o Willis Scott Group,  5-6 Kensington, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 6HX