• Food,  Lifestyle,  Share A Story

    Rub-a-Dub-Dub, THANKS for the Grub!

    October 2018 has been MEGA for the Parenting Phils, we set out to have a jam-packed month of blogs, reviews, interviews, guest posts and giveaways with our ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme. Well life through us a few curve balls to say the least, but guess what, we did it! We’ve had some fab guest posts this month from Louise talking about her sons nut allergy and how it has changed the lives of her whole family, from Rachael who shared her journey to starting a family whilst living with epilepsy and from Phil’s big sister, Jenny, who sold us on the idea that we need to suck it…

  • Allergies,  Children's Health,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: No Nuts Allowed!

    Up next in our ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme we have a great guest post from Louise, a Yorkshire mum of two boys. Yesterday (21st October 2018) was National Nut Day, and whilst some of us celebrated by enjoying a bit of Peanut Butter on toast, for others, contact with nuts can have serious and potentially fatal consequences. Here Louise talks about the day her families lives changed forever as they discovered her son Ellis (now 12) was allergic to nuts. No Nuts Allowed by Louise The 14th November 2011 is a date that things really changed in our family. It was a ‘normal’ evening and we were just…

  • Health,  Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: Motherhood & Epilepsy

    On Friday 19th October 2018, a new National ‘Tea Break’ campaign for Epilepsy Action launches, so we invited a good friend of ours, Rachael, to come and tell us about living with epilepsy and being a great mum to her gorgeous daughter, Erin. Motherhood & Epilepsy by Rachael  Hi, my name is Rachael and I’m an Epileptic! It sounds weird and sometimes I wish I was saying alcoholic as with epilepsy it is completely out of my control. It can hit at anytime and the unpredictability is the only thing, in the 16 years that I’ve had it, that I haven’t been able to get to grips with. I first…

  • Food,  National Cake Week,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: Can I Be Bothered?

    National Cake Week is upon us and continuing our @Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme we have Jenny McIlveen, a mum of two (and big sister to Phil) and keen baker, guest posting for us. Here, Jenny tells us all about why she loves to bake with her kids and shares a simple recipe for the non-natural parenting bakers amongst us to help us get started. Can I Be Bothered? by Jenny McIlveen Can I be bothered with the faff of getting out the ingredients and equipment and then the mess of clearing up? Baking with your children often takes far greater motivation than other activities, but hopefully this article…

  • Children's Health,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Children’s Postural Awareness for Parents

    The last of our guest blogs for National Share A Story Month comes from Roberta Cardoso, a Physiotherapist and author of Physiotherapy Today. Roberta has kindly offered to share her story and some great advice with us regarding children’s posture and the importance of getting it right early to avoid complications later in life. Children’s Postural Awareness for Parents by Roberta Cardoso Before we explore posture in children, I wanted to share with you a little about myself. I was born in Brazil but raised in America from the age of 14. Here, I graduated with an A.S. degree in Exercise Physiology. I loved sports so started competing professionally in triathlons…

  • Adoption,  Blogs,  Share A Story

    This thing just got REAL!: Our Adoption Journey (Part Two)

    Panel day arrived and I’d hardly slept the night before… Craig was fine, nothing keeps that man from snoring. I remember sitting in the car outside and thinking I was going to throw up, Craig was fine… (really wanted to hate him for being fine but remembered I needed to give the impression to the panel that I loved everything about him haha). We walked into a room with 12 people sat around a table staring at us (TWELVE!!!), as I sat down I nearly chucked a glass of water all over the place which Craig found hilarious but only sent me into a nervous spin. The chair, a stern…

  • Adoption,  Blogs,  Share A Story

    Poked & Prodded: Our Adoption Journey (Part One)

    As we’re celebrating National Tell A Story Month, I thought I would use the opportunity to share our story about how we came to be adoptive parents. Being a dad was something I had always dreamed about, and for quite a while adoption was something really on my mind, however it wasn’t on my partner’s. We had brief conversations about having kids over a few years but it became clear that it just wasn’t something Craig wanted to do. So, I finally swallowed that dream and tried to moved on from the idea. About 6 months later, Craig was working away in India and totally out of the blue sent…

  • Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Choosing NOT to be a Parent

      Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month is, Natasha Davidson. Our fabulous Scottish lady shares with us her story of why she has chosen to not have children. A personal, honest and thought provoking blog from a very lovely lady. Choosing NOT to be a Parent by Natasha Davidson. So I decided to write this post, not to defend my decision because I shouldn’t need to, but more to explain it and share a different point of view.  While people opting out of becoming a parent is much more common nowadays, I still think the decision I have made is largely viewed as strange to most,…

  • Adoption,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Accepting the Past, Loving the Present, Shaping the Future

    Our next Guest Post for National Share A Story Month is a real heart-string-puller! The author wishes to remain anonymous, which is understandable given the sensitive nature of adoption. One not to miss! Enjoy!   Accepting the Past, Loving the Present, Shaping the Future by an Adoptive Parent  “Fancy writing a guest blog?” my mate Phil said. I thought NOPE but here I am?! I’ll stay anonymous so you can moan at Phil and Pips if you don’t like this one. We love stories in our house, we have a three and four year old who loves picture books, lift the flap books (some now flapless), made up stories (usually…

  • Humour,  Share A Story,  Weaning

    Guest Blog: For The Love of Weaning

      Our next Guest Blogger for National Tell A Story Month is Helene. An extremely familiar post that resonates well with us, giving a frighteningly accurate account of the woes of weaning. A perfect post just in time for National Weaning Week. For anyone going through this process give it a read, it reminds you that you’re not the only one muddling through! Enjoy.   For the Love of Weaning by Helene I’m a mum of a two year old and a nine month old, this is what I know about weaning. After bringing my first baby home and a disastrously emotional negotiation of the breast feeding or formula feeding minefield,…

  • New Mum,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Putting Midwifery to the Test!

    Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month, is Helen Wright. A Midwife from the North-West and a new mum. Here, Helen shares her experience of trying to wrap her ‘midwife head’ around becoming a mum. Just a pre-warning… we give Helen a good quizzing at the end so its a long one… well worth the read but you may want to save the link for when you have a good 10 minutes to take it all in! 😀   Putting Midwifery to the Test by Helen Wright A qualified midwife for over 10 years and an unqualified mother for 4 months… I love my job and have…

  • Dads,  Labour,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Would You Rather…. Be In Labour or Watch Labour?

    Our next Guest Blogger for National Share A Story Month is not only a Dad… he’s also Parenting Phil’s Pips other half! This should make for an interesting read….   Would You Rather… Be in Labour or Watch Labour? by Gary Douglas   As a father, I found the whole 9 months of pregnancy and the resulting childbirth extremely stressful. So much so, I started to suffer with Alopecia, weeks into the announcement of our first and second child. The overriding worry for myself was‘ What if something goes wrong?’.  ‘What if something goes wrong’ was a thought I didn’t want to talk about with Pips in too much depth, the…

  • Fostering,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Keep Calm and Foster On!

    Our first Guest Blog for National Share A Story Month is from Foster Carer, Anna Edwards. Anna has fostered for 7 years now and could probably write a blog a day with the varied experiences she has had. Here she gives us a whistle stop tour of her journey so far…   Keep Calm and Foster On! by Anna Edwards It was with butterflies of fear and excitement in my belly when I opened the door to my first placement, (two gorgeous little girls staring at me with wide eyes!) I had no idea how much my life was going to change from that moment on. It’s been seven years…