7 Reasons you should not be parked in a Parent and Child space

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Kelly Innes

1. It's raining. You think parents don't go out when it rains? Let me tell you, an hour idly wandering up and down the aisles of a supermarket whilst the rain drums overhead is often the difference between a good day and a bad day for the parent of a small child: a change of scene, a trip out of the house, a cake purchase. That sort of stuff saves rainy days when you've been up since dawn with a teething toddler and haven't had a shower all week.

2. You'll only be a minute. And if parking were charged by the minute in Parent and Child spots, would you still park there? Instead I have to drive round and round the car park, singing the Wheels on the Bus over and over, until you spend a fiver of your money and ten minutes of my time getting your quick lunch. In my world, lunch is never quick. So park further away and walk. That way I don't have to get out of my car in the middle of the road and screech at you in front of two old ladies and a man collecting trolleys. I have pushed actual humans out of my body: nothing embarrasses me any more.

3. You're just waiting for someone. Does this someone require extra space to get in and out of the car? Have they "just popped in for a few bits and pieces"? If so, why don't you cruise up and down the rows of cars until they return, whilst I park in your space and begin the ten minute extraction process to get my child out of the car seat and into the trolley. You'll still get out of the supermarket faster than I'll get in.
3a. This is doubly insulting if you are sitting in the driver's seat.
3b. Triply so if you have kids comfortably in their seats in the back. Because you didn't want the hassle of getting them out to go into the supermarket.

4. You are making a delivery. Allow me to photograph your van and tweet it to the CEO of your delivery company, having first stood in the parking lot and shouted "Are You Kidding?!" in my loudest mum voice. Just because the spaces are nearest to the front door it does not mean that you can park in them. See point 2.

5. You have a large car/van/horse and cart. Parent and Child spaces are not designed with large vehicles in mind. They are designed so that parents with children in car seats can open the car doors wide enough to comfortably insert/extract the aforementioned children without causing damage to other vehicles, or indeed the children themselves.
5a. doubly insulting if you are:
    i. also just popping in to get lunch for yourself
   ii. and your mates that are waiting with the engine running in the
  iii. van emblazoned with the local Council logo.

6. You are a parent with a child. Except your child is as tall as Stephen Fry and has more hair. I am very sorry that these spaces weren't around when your children were small and you could have used them. God knows they make all the difference to my day. You won't remember those days as you watch your strapping teen heft your case of wine out to the car, doing his bit for his old mum whilst he's back form Uni. But frankly, if he can manage all that whilst checking his phone for What's App messages, chances are he could carry it five metres further to a regular parking space.

7. You drive the supermarket company delivery van. Three words: Shame. On. You.

Fancy Maternity Wear for Heavily Pregnant Mamas

Friday, 26 September 2014

By Molly Forbes

At 39 weeks pregnant it's fair to say I've reached the "heavily pregnant" stage. My bump is enormous (I can no longer see my feet) and even my maternity pants are feeling a tad on the tight side. A couple of weeks ago we went to a wedding and, I'll admit, I'd sent myself into a spin worrying about what to wear.

In my search for the perfect fancy outfit for an 8 month bump I came across some lovely finds though, so I thought I'd share them here in case any other heavily pregnant mamas have a wedding or big party to go to.

First up is the beautiful sumptuously soft drape front dress in grey, by Keungzai at £170. Not only is this dress made from a silky jersey fabric, making it super comfy, it also skims over all the places you want it to hide in my case that's the tops of the arms and the thighs. Not only that, but it's versatile enough to be worn post-pregnancy too. This design certainly isn't just for those rocking a big baby bump.

Do You Wanna Build a Wardrobe?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Put down your alan key, we're talking wardrobe contents. A capsule winter wardrobe full of chic, reliable basics that you can build several great outfits around without even having to use an early morning brain cell - that's as long as your capsule wardrobe isn't on its third wash cycle because you've forgotten to unload the machine again and you need to nuke the mildew smell with extra softener - not that  this ever happens to us. On a regular basis...

See below for stockists and prices 

The Seven Superpowers all children have

Monday, 15 September 2014

Kelly Innes

A while ago we posted about the Seven Superpowers All Mothers Have, but what about their offspring. It stands to reason that the children of people with superpowers will, indeed, have superpowers of their own. Think of The Incredibles.

So here is our list of the The Seven Superpowers All Children Have.

1. They can sleep anywhere, ideally at the most inconvenient of moments in the most awkward spots/positions. Like one stop before you need to get yourself, them, and eight shopping bags, off the train. Or whilst you are carrying them up a flight of stairs. Or sitting on the actual stairs.Or in a shopping trolley. Yet try to get them to sleep at the assigned hour in the assigned place? Good luck.

2. Bat-like hearing so good they should work for MI5: they can hear you opening a bar of chocolate in the cellar from their nursery two floors away and in the deepest of sleeps. They also have a nice habit of repeating verbatim things you said in confidence to your other half/mother/pet goldfish when you thought they weren't listening. That comment you made about their teacher's dress-sense can really come back to bite you in the proverbial when you least expect it.

3.They have no embarrassment filter- take your child to a public loo and you will always have an excrutiating conversation about the contents of the bowl, underwear (yours, or theirs, either works) and whether or not you let them off washing their hands the last time they went because you were late for school. Or how [insert descriptive term] the lady actually washing her hands is. Whilst she's still in earshot....

4 Timing. They will always vomit five minutes before the babysitter arrives, fill their nappy before the other parent comes home or fall asleep one stop before you need to get you, them, and eight bags of shopping off the train [see point 1.] No matter how organised you are, you will regularly find yourself flying out of the front door, holding a dozen random things, whilst they are still doing up their shoes, as you rush not to be late for school. Which goes to say that you will, of course, be half an hour early for any birthday party.

5. Hawk-like eyesight; even the most assiduously clean parent will always be outmatched by the skills of a small child to find the one small thing that they shouldn't put in their mouths. They can spot the relics of a surreptitiously-consumed Cherry Bakewell on the kitchen worktop seemingly through the walls, and they know exactly where you stash the presents at Christmastime.

6. Havoc-wreaking. They are so good at this, they could make a mess in a sterile environment. In fact, they'd probably enjoy the challenge. They draw on anything, with anything, the moment you leave the room to go to the loo, and sometimes you don't even know it until you take the curtains down to move house. Within nanoseconds of being home from school a perfectly tidy room can look like a Toys'R'Us delivery exploded in the sitting room. And hallway. And bedroom. In fact the can probably conjur up chaos across multiple rooms simultaneously. Top tip: never go into a dark room barefoot.

7.The ability to make you feel guilty. Any time, any place, any where. 'Nuff said.

All children are prodigious, whichever way you slice it. We know this because we grow them. We cosset and protect them whilst they are utterly incapable of holding their heads up, and within the span of a few years they learn to walk, talk, dress themselves, read, write and drive you bonkers. What lucky lucky people we are to have children so talented.

Win a Pair of Designer Sunglasses for you - and your Child!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

By Molly Forbes

In need of a pair of sunglasses to rock this summer? Then look no further. We're taking a brief break from our summer holiday because the nice people at Sunglasses Shop have offered us a pair of designer sunnies to give away - and a matching pair for your child.

Whether it's an aviator frame you're after, some cool retro round frames or stylish pair of wayfarers then you won't be disappointed by the offering at Sunglasses Shop - and neither will your little one!


The winner will get a pair of Ralph sunglasses of their choice along with a pair of exceptionally cute Kidz Banz. Victoria and Harper, eat your heart out.


To be in with a chance of winning, simply: 

  • Like the Sunglasses Shop Facebook page and comment on this post telling us which pair of sunglasses you'll choose if you win. 
  • For an extra two entries follow @TheMotherhoodUK on Twitter and then tweet about the prize, tweeting the following: 

"I want to #win designer sunnies for me and my child with @SunglassesShop_ and @TheMotherhoodUK" 

  • And, finally, don't forget to complete the Rafflecopter widget below so your vote can be counted! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions: 
Competition open to UK residents aged 18 and over only. The promoter and The Motherhood accept no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant resulting from entering this Prize Draw or by the winner's acceptance of the Prize. The prize is a pair of Ralph sunglasses and a pair of Kidz Banz. The promoter is Sunglasses Shop, 17 High St, Southend-On-Sea
Essex, SS1 1JE.  For an entry to be considered the entrant must Like Sunglasses Shop on Facebook and comment on this blog post. For bonus entries, the entrant must follow @TheMotherhoodUK on Twitter, and tweet the specified message. Entrants must also complete the Rafflecopter widget on this post for their entry to be counted. The winner will be notified within five days of the competition closing and their name will be displayed on this site within seven days of the competition end. This competition is open from 12am 31/7/14 until 12am 29/8/14.

Happy Summer!

Monday, 28 July 2014

I think we can say Summer is officially here.  The sandals are out, the kids are off school and copious amounts of ice cream has already been consumed.  The weather so far has been absolutely fabulous (she says while staring out the window looking at my washing getting wet from the rain) and quite frankly it feels amazing to feel the sun on our shoulders after a pretty long winter.

While we love writing this here blog of ours, and while we love you reading it even more- we all deserve a little holiday.  So we are going to make the most of this weather by being outside as much as we possibly can and will be back refreshed and ready in September with lots of lovely posts for your reading pleasure.

Have a great August everyone and see you in Autumn.  *Raises a glass of Pimms in the air*

Lots of love

The Motherhood Team.


Birth: It's Not a Competition

Thursday, 24 July 2014

By Molly Forbes

In 10 weeks time, or thereabouts, I am going to have a baby. If it's anything like last time, the birth will involve pushing a small person out of my vagina. Or that's what I'm hoping, anyway.

This will be my second baby. It means that I've gone through labour and birth once before, which kind of makes it easier and kind of makes it harder. On the one hand, I know my body is capable - and I know to trust it. On the other, I know it will hurt.

As the weeks draw nearer I find myself "getting in the zone". I've already been doing weekly antenatal yoga classes and aquanatal lessons. I've listened to plenty of pregnancy and birth preparation meditations on YouTube. I've watched my fair share of One Born Every Minute Episodes.

And, amongst this preparation, something has come back to me. It's something I seem to have lost in the haze of nappies, toilet training, tantrums and amazing fun in the four years since I had my daughter. I'd forgotten just how competitive birth can be.
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