10 TV shows to watch when breastfeeding a newborn

One thing that nearly all new breastfeeding mothers underestimate is how much time they actually spend sitting under their baby feeding, feeding, feeding in those first couple of months. Some days, particularly during a growth spurt, you could find yourself on the couch literally all day, with one feed rolling into another.

It’s on days like this that TV is your friend. Not just any TV though. Put your Jeremy Kyles and your Loose Women away. You need to get your hands on some seriously addictive TV. You’ll often read well-meaning advice that suggests perhaps you should avoid watching television altogether and instead use these opportunities to make consistent eye contact with your baby for bonding. And while this is true – and please do find me a mother who doesn’t spend most of her time staring adoringly at her newborn – there are also times when she needs to be relaxed, chilled out and entertained while her baba is dozing at the boob or deeply concentrating on what they’re doing. Continue reading 10 TV shows to watch when breastfeeding a newborn

Litte boy friendships: an observation not an informed comment

I’ve always wondered about the formation of friendships – how they come about, why we make friends with certain people, and where gender comes in to it. Do we naturally gravitate towards same-sex friendships in childhood and adulthood? Or do we take people at face value for who they are as individuals and what we have in common, regardless of gender? Continue reading Litte boy friendships: an observation not an informed comment

How to not completely lose your sh!t

Mindfulness got a bit of a kicking in my post about whining last month. Poor mindfulness! It really didn’t deserve that – and I apologise. Sorry mindfulness!

It was only because, in the heat of the moment – when I thought I was going to completely lose my parenting shit – I realised that my mindfulness practice is the only thing keeping me from doing exactly that. It’s like a little light bulb appearing above my head there. Continue reading How to not completely lose your sh!t