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Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

I used to feel like screaming into a pillow because of my daughter’s picky eating. She was four, had two younger sisters, was underweight, and she only ate beige food. Two bits of pasta. Then: I’d say: It was harder work than feeding our toddler….

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Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

I used to love deadlines: found them energising, and focus-giving. I’d make up all kinds of deadlines for myself and stick to them religiously. Not any more! I was thinking about this while I waited for a haircut in a place you don’t make appointments,…

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Finally vaginally

Finally vaginally

What a great birth! I almost didn’t believe they existed, so elusive as the natural, drug free, vaginal delivery been (this is my third birth: no1=induction, no2=planned C section). I mean, it wasn’t orgasmic, but it was pretty brilliant (in between contractions at leastand the…

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My favourite illustrated children’s book

My favourite illustrated children’s book

I can’t get enough of The Paper Dolls,written by the eponymous Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Rebecca Cobb is such a brilliant artist. I wish I could draw people and faces like that! I’m inspired to try to copy her pictures! It’s harder…

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Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

It’s happening again, the same as last year. We thought we’d sussed it, and now it’s back: Bedtime hell. And I can’t believe it, I thought we’d learned some tricks. You have these battles too? What can you do about it?  After a four-month stint…

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Toddler fussy eaters: Small but significant solutions, one year on

Toddler fussy eaters: Small but significant solutions, one year on

My all-eating baby-led-weaned child went fussy, and for a while, it was a huge source of stress for me as a mother. Now, a year or so down the line, things are, I’d say, 50-60% better. Here are some of the tiny solutions that have…

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Weight gain when stopping breastfeeding – myths and fears

Weight gain when stopping breastfeeding – myths and fears

I’ve talked to several women these last few weeks who are anxious about their body going outta control when they stop breastfeeding. Here’s some science (and some philosophy) to help you trust the process The worries women bring to me, as an eating psychology coach,…

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Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness brings clarity to a philosophy I’ve been seeking a lifelong understanding of. I grew up in a household where both parents were experienced in Zen Buddhist meditation. It seeped into my world view, I see with hindsight The Buddha of rural North Devon When…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Snow, hail, rain, blue sky, wind bending the trees, clouds zooming. May you seize every sunbeam After scouring the internet for flights to Malaga and Tel Aviv, we’ve settled for celebrating Spring by taking the whippers for four nights in a shed in a nowhere…

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What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

Continued from last week, here’s the last of my list of hospital learnings from a spell before Christmas beside my baby’s bed – including what to pack in your hospital bag 9. Comforting is a skill we need for our life Can I comfort an…

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