Spending lots of time on your phone as a parent seems like the total norm these days, and I certainly, being a Motherhood blogger and influencer am extremely guilty of that nearly all of the time to be honest! A new picture book for children, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh explores the simple message that we should all try and encourage in our parenting lives; put down the phone. Corine has also been generous enough to offer one of my readers the chance to win a copy of this spanking new book in another Rock and Roses Mama Giveaway!
After spending an afternoon wth my ‘very near to popping out a sprog’ friend, I realised that on reflection, society loves to inadvertently scare “Mothers to be’ with warnings and condescending comments about how terrible life will be for them after they give birth. This is definitely not right! I don’t think in all cases it is intentional and merely meant as innocent jibes. But these pokes of fun at a new Mother’s expense could really scare ‘Mothers to be’ and make them feel more overwhelmed that they actually need to be! We should be supporting them instead of poking fun surely?
When I was sent a press release for the memoir of Patricia Gachagan, ‘Born Together’, I was compelled to invite her to be interviewed in this series of Rockin’ Mamas as her story could be uplifting and empowering for Mothers everywhere. Patricia has shared her incredible journey through Motherhood with Multiple Sclerosis and has been amazing enough to talk a little to us about her struggle and fight and about her story ‘Born Together’.
So its been crossing my mind recently that I really should think about getting rid of my pram (the fact that it broke also pushed things along a little!) and I’m not going to lie the thought of going to without it is super scary… but Im trying step by step to ease my (and the little dudes) way into freeing him form the restraints of his pram and setting him free into the world. I find there are pros and cons to this…
As many of you know if you follow me on here, Twitter or Instagram I was one of the lucky ones to grab a last minute ticket to BlogOnMSI in Manchester; BlogOn is run my incredibly dedicated Laura Seaton from Tired Mummy of Two, and her clan of amazing helpers, and it is a conference that gives bloggers the opportunity to network and learn from not only fellow bloggers but brands too. I had SUCH a great time and am so impressed! Im hooked!
So where are these elusive places for Moms to meet I hear you ask? It is a commonly known fact that when craving an adult interaction it is quite another matter finding the right place to indulge said cravings. There are plenty of places that label themselves as ‘child friendly’ or made for kids specifically, but are they made for adults to enjoy some solace and steal a few moments of conversation about anything other than animated shows or when the next meal is! I have explored an array of places with some of my Momigos and none have matched up to The Wendy House.
As you may know if you follow my blog, I run Rock and Roses Mama alongside working part time in Retail Management; I know a lot of Mothers strive for this balance but believe me the struggles of a woking Mom are harsh… My ‘working Mother’ story is a little long winded so today I am sharing it with you in the hope that it will inspire other Mothers to share their story and provide clarity in the Mothering community.
Does crying make you happy? Relieve stress through crying? Hear me out… I have always thought that after a good cry I have somehow felt a sense of relief in a way; after watching an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (If anyone has not watched this show you need to jump on that bandwagon immediately… breakfast watching for the win!) and seeing the main lady attempting to explain this to her husband I thought… its not just me then! I started to do some research and I found that in fact crying can make you happy, and here is why.
I don’t know about you but when I first used baby wipes I realised that they are the most magical creation in a parents life; my first thought actually was ‘why have I not been using these my entire life!?’. I genuinely use them in all circumstances where it is possible so when I was approached by Water Wipes to test and review their natural, water based baby wipes I could NOT say no!
So I have mused before about ‘Friendships after childbirth‘ and how they tend to shift; you will undoubtedly loose friends and your friendships and their boundaries will change. This is not to be seen as a bad thing however, and I wish that there had been someone around to tell me this before I gave birth, it is completely natural for certain friendships to be tested after a baby becomes part of them. It is easiest just to say goodbye to friendships that are not lasting through and welcome new ones; becoming a Mama necessitates making friends with fellow Mamas, it is of utmost importance to find your Mama tribe!
March has been a strange month in the Rock and Roses Mama household… it has been an absolute rollercoaster thats for sure! There have been some seriously amazing moments for my little blog, some crazy happy events for our family (Ummm… like we got MARRIED! EEEEK!) and then there have been some disastrous days that have shaken us to our core and proven to us what an amazing, loving and strong family network we have around us. Im not going to lie I don’t like talking about the negative parts of the last few weeks but in time I’m sure I will write about it and share my experience with you all on day… but it is just far too raw currently for me to even know where to begin! So we shall focus on the good… and the uplifting.