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25 things *not* to say to a new mum

Unless you want to seriously anger a hormonal woman, you'd do well to avoid the choice phrases on this list from Love and Dribble

hand over baby"1) 'Gosh! You look horrendous! You are getting enough sleep aren’t you?' If twenty seven and a half minutes in forty-eight hours counts as enough, then YES, I am!

2) 'She’s so tiny! Are you sure you’re feeding her enough?' So THAT’S what’s been bugging me for the last week and a half. I forgot to feed the baby!

3) 'Oh dear. Where’s all her hair?' We shaved it off. Thought it might be fun to fashion a wig for next door’s cat." 

Tuesday's blog of the day: My problem with piles

Like Real Life has an embarrassing secret - her piles have got worse since becoming a mother, and they show no sign of shrinking


"Piles of stuff around our house seem to be our new way of living and a sure sign that I am not handling this household very well. The piles are magnets for random items that have no particular place. My Little Ponies that have become all tangled together by their own multicoloured nylon hair; unopened junk mail; bunches of keys, half finished packs of baby wipes; plastic animals with missing limbs/faces; several items of clean folded laundry."

Monday's blog of the day: Where is the line between imaginative play and violence?

Mummy Says' three-year-old son has just discovered play-fighting - but where did it come from, and how can she discourage it?

toy sword

"If he is old enough to play-fight, he is old enough to discuss why fighting isn’t something I want to see him do. I want my son to understand that violent play fights create a game out of hurting people. I want my son to know that acting out combat or engaging in role play using weapons encourages the development of violent stories. I don’t want violence to be normalised through his play. I don’t want physical sparring to become an acceptable form of interaction." 

Friday's blog of the day: "On special needs parenting and gallows humour"

Complicated Gorgeousness challenges the stereotype that SEN parents are 'miserable moaners with greasy hair'

awkward"I have a bit of a dark sense of humour and can often see the funny side of this life we lead. Whether that is sharing a giggle with the husband over an explosive nappy or joking about getting a good parking spot with the Blue Badge. Sometimes this gallows humour does not translate so well. People don't think it is okay to laugh at our kids. But all kids are funny sometimes. Even ones like ours."


Thursday's blog of the day: #BlameOneNotAll: "Hey, ladies, where's my Nice Guy certificate?" 

The #BlameOneNotAll campaign claims to defend the 'good guys' - here, Put Up With Rain imagines herself as one

not all men

"Hey, look, I am a Nice Guy. I'm telling you I'm a Nice Guy. All the ways in which other men in your past have hurt you, all the hassle you get from male strangers, I would never do that. Not all men do that, you know. I mean, I know one man might have done it. Once. Maybe. But no woman I know has ever had anything like that happen to them, ever. Well, I mean, they've never told me that they've had anything happen to them, ever. So it can't be that common. See? Not all men are like that." 


Last updated: 03-Jun-2015 at 11:40 AM