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Tell Fairy Non Bio the ways being a parent has brought out your sensitive side - £300 voucher to be won! NOW CLOSED

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PoppyMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Sep-16 17:30:01

Fairy Non Bio is sponsoring the Mumsnet Talk App and is interested to know how being a parent has brought out your softer side. Maybe you used to consider yourself a bit of a hard cookie but since having a child, all that has changed. Perhaps you never used to cry at films (or even adverts) or go a bit gaga over puppies, or worry about the smaller things in life? However, since becoming a parent you’ve found yourself sobbing over EastEnders or reacting to a baby's cry at 100 paces.

Here’s what Fairy Non Bio has to say “Fairy Non Bio is good for anyone who wants a softer, more sensitive wash (that still leaves clothes clean!). Its gentle formula promises to be kind to both your clothes and your skin. Fairy Non Bio believes in the power of softness, and the strength that comes with showing your softer side.”

So, to celebrate the Fairy Non Bio sponsorship of the Mumsnet Talk App, they’d like you tell them about what things you're sensitive to now that you never used to be in the past. And what specific things about being a parent have brought out your sensitive side? Download the Mumsnet Talk App and share your story with Fairy Non Bio.

All those who post below will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks and good luck


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LifeIsGoodish Fri 30-Sep-16 16:33:03

Tell you what I'm sensitive to now, that I didn't used to be: fragrances! So I've had to change away from Fairy sad

forkhandles4candles Fri 30-Sep-16 16:59:13

Never used to be bothered by stories around child cruelty or tragedies - always was more upset by animal tragedies. Now - total reverse. My empathy has rocketed.

Bubblebloodypop Fri 30-Sep-16 17:16:48

I cry at anything even a little sad about children. The news, films, especially charity adverts.

cheeseandmarmite15 Fri 30-Sep-16 18:18:34

I always enjoyed medical document arts and whilst not trained in first aid, could be relied upon in an accident to be cool, calm and collected.

Since having children I have become squeamish about accidents! My son as a teenager broke both of his arms on separate occasions through skateboarding and each time required an operation.

I could not brig myself look at his broken arm as I would be so upset nor could I even look at the X Ray and when one arm was being set in plaster, as I sat in the room averting my eyes I spied a gigantic pair of bolt cutters and promptly fainted! grin

NameChangeDrama Fri 30-Sep-16 18:46:53

Because I'm Breastfeeding a baby crying makes my boobs respond. No one told me that was a possible side effect.
But in general, I've become a lot softer. Cannot deal with sad children stories.

JoolsSchmools Fri 30-Sep-16 19:20:33

I can't watch anything about anything bad happening to kids or the elderly without becoming a mess. I was bad enough before having DD but it's twice as worse now!

winewolfhowls Fri 30-Sep-16 20:00:09

The news, especially any story affecting children with similar ages to mine. Food bothers me more too, additives and sugar, getting varied veg. Before children I was an eating cereal for dinner type!

sharond101 Fri 30-Sep-16 20:24:07

Everything in the news affects me more. I see the world from my child's eyes and it scares me and that makes me sad then I cry. Films too, I cry much easier.

IckleWicklePumperNickle Fri 30-Sep-16 20:36:23

That you would love them no matter what. They become your world. They love and trust you unconditionally. When they are in you tummy you wander what they will look like. When they are born you wander what they will grow up to be.

You become a softie, can't stand awful stories and want to help the world.

fitzbilly Fri 30-Sep-16 20:43:41

It has made me into a real softie, I want to help people more now, I get very upset at the thought of people struggling, I am far more sensitive about my parent's happiness and well-being now too

vickyors Fri 30-Sep-16 20:52:50

I used to be pretty no nonsense. I loved my life with my family and husband, and my career. After both daughters, I didn't feel this enormous overwhelming love at first.. I liked them, and would do anything for them, but adoration came later...

After a couple of months, one evening after the night time feed, I was lying in bed with her before putting her down, and I suddenly felt this utter adoration. It washed over me, and I just adored her. Loved her till it hurt.
And it happened with both girls. It was glorious. After all the hormones had calmed, I felt this wonderful storge (Greek). And they have made me adore them.

I think they are truly wonderful, and they've added to my life daily. They make me very happy. Everything else is the same: work, life etc. But I know I'm privileged to have these two little girls. That is what has changed in me.

purplepandas Fri 30-Sep-16 21:20:22

Overwhelming responsibility and wanting them to be happy. I worry about all sorts of situations that are unlikely to happen and are far in the future. the what ifs are hard and I am sensitive to anything that touches on those worries (e.g. DD not having too many friends).

WuTangFlan Fri 30-Sep-16 21:34:47

Pregnancy made me weep at all sorts of awful contrived adverts...

Anandapanda Fri 30-Sep-16 22:25:10

When my little boy was born I always washed his babygrow outfits with Fairy as I loved the smell. On the box it mentioned "special care for babies"
Since then I've always called him my special care baby
He's 11 now but he's still my baby and I still wash his clothes with Fairy

digitalpaintartist Fri 30-Sep-16 22:27:15

I cannot watch crime watch since having my children. I did so, recently, and sat for some time, in tears, after the story regarding the two 6 year old girls at a popular theme park. I find it utterly heartbreaking that our children are growing up in a world so full of fear and hate. Even more scary to think that a child's innocence can be ripped from them whilst enjoying a day out, during their summer holiday. I was thick skinned to these stories before becoming a mum but now, my empathy is through the roof.

defineme Fri 30-Sep-16 22:45:45

Since having kids, hearing any kids, not just my own, sing, moves me to tears.
I also find positive sibling relationships makes me tear up too.

misson Fri 30-Sep-16 23:01:59

I am aware of children now. I can tell if they are upset and it makes me edgy. It's weird.

I remember pre children actually stepping over a baby, crawling towards the down escalator. I just wasn't aware. Horrifies me when I think back. No way would I act like that now.

KeepOnPlodding Fri 30-Sep-16 23:38:30

I am now very sensitive to news stories of missing children, child abuse, terminal illness in children etc. Prior to having DC I was always very sorry to hear/read about it but now I tend to think 'what if?' which makes me extremely emotional.

JollyHockeyGits Sat 01-Oct-16 00:11:00

I've always been sensitive, but I'm much more so now after having DS. Whenever I see a story (true or fictional) about a child or family going through something I can't help but think 'what if that was DS'? Think it can only be a good thing, it's made me do whatever I can for charity, particularly Syria recently.

Tracerezor Sat 01-Oct-16 04:14:14

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FlukeSkyeRunner Sat 01-Oct-16 08:14:51

I've always been soft. But generally even softer now. I couldn't hold back the tears when walking through the children's section of a graveyard at a funeral recently.

RoastieToastieReastie Sat 01-Oct-16 08:32:17

This is a weird one that I don't understand but I used to love horror films. They never even made me flinch but now I just can't watch them at all. I get really scared and upset by it and it really bothers me, I even had to walk out of the cinema midway through a film as I could take it. I so much more sensitive about it whereas before DD I knew it was all fiction and it didn't bother me at all.

itshappenedagain Sat 01-Oct-16 09:26:29

Before my children where born I was very independent, took no nonsense from anyone, things where very black and white. When ds came along I stuck to it, until the first time he became ill, routine what I'd thought and everything went out and I let him sleep next to me all night, every time he woke he just smiled and we stayed cosleeping until he was 1. He still sleeps in my bed when he's sick and so does dd if she is I'll. They have made me softer in my approach to all things child related. I'm still no nonsense everywhere else. They have just softened the edges. ----

LynseyH Sat 01-Oct-16 10:18:42

The original post made me smile. I never cried at tv/films. Now I cry at Home and Away! I well up when I'm told my children are doing well, my heart aches when they are sad (thankfully that's not often!)
I'm sensitive to other children too, not just my own.
Before I had children, others just didn't register on my radar, now I'd be the first to help any child up if they've fell over.
Moral of the story? Children make many of us a big soppy mess!!

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