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I am really proud of my professional qualifications – I worked hard with 2 small children to train to work with parents in pregnancy, for birth and during the first year with their baby. And I have supplemented these qualifications with additional training to provide different services such as baby massage, a doula service and 1:1 support for parents of older children. And I am incredibly proud of my work with parents – since 2002 I have provided group and 1:1 sessions for thousands of local parents. It’s not just about knowledge and expertise, it’s about listening, empathy and reassurance; it’s about providing a supportive space where parents can talk openly and with confidence about their worries and about any challenges they are experiencing; it’s about conversation, friendships and easing isolation and it’s about personalised support with discussion, empowerment and trying different coping strategies rather than quick fixes and unrealistic expectations. Parent support and wellbeing is important to me, it is the foundation of my work. Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent can be a time …

Mouth of the Tyne Festival – Under 5s Area

As part of the Mouth of Tyne Festival, there is an Under 5s area at Tynemouth Station – it is always a huge success with something for babies, toddlers and children. It gets great feedback every year, there are different areas for crafts, music, movement and dance and I am in The Nest – a chilled area to just sit and relax, to feed, to change your baby or even to snooze… SATURDAY THE SHED 10-4 House of Objects – invention art play with recycled treasures. 10-4  –  Diggin it – gardening fun and landscaping. THE TREEHOUSE 10-11 Piccolo music – The ever-popular sing-along. 11-12  Bare Toed Boogie – free play with movement toys, funky music and lazy hammock swings. 12-1 Junk Music – Percussive play and musical fun with fantastical instruments made out of recycled materials. 1-2 Bare Toed Family Dance –  movement play session for little ones and their grown ups. 2-3 Family Yoga – a stretch out for the whole family. 3-4 Mini Circus – hula hooping and circus toy fun. THE …

Baby Days

As you know I have just spent a few days looking after my one-year old nephew. He was a breeze to look after – he ate well, he napped, he slept, he played, he was happy and he was laid back – yet I was still tired! He has never really been away from mam and dad before so I was a bit nervous but babies can be pretty fickle – as long as they are looked after, safe and loved they are happy and there was barely a tear from him. I knew I would be tired – meeting the demands of a busy baby was always going to be a bit of a challenge but I had forgotten the intensity of just how long the days on your own with a baby can be. I had no other adult interaction apart from some brief chat in the park and with a couple of neighbours – I was totally fine with that because it was only for a few days but it was a …

Loneliness of Motherhood

Having young children is not all about coffee shops and idle chatter. It is not a holiday. It can be one of the toughest times in a woman’s life. The loneliness can be torture. With your first child, the learning curve is steep – learning to keep a baby settled, soothed and alive while recovering from pregnancy, birth and unrealistic expectations of how motherhood would be. We are often sleep deprived, in need of supportive mum friends and it can feel like we are on our own with the day-to-day responsibilities of looking after our baby. In our society mothers are often judged, with unreal expectations stacked against them and their children. It can be a hard slog. When you become a mother it doesn’t matter what job you do, how old you are or how much you spent in Mothercare preparing for your baby’s arrival – you have a baby to look after and it can knock your confidence when they cry, need a poo, won’t sleep and won’t settle anywhere but in your …

The adventures of Aunty Neeny and Oaty

So, the time has come for my solo-auntying adventure with my one year old nephew. This evening I fly to Bristol to take charge of the small person for a few days while his parents take a well deserved trip away – drunkenly wandering around Glastonbury, sleeping in a tent and praying it doesn’t rain isn’t my idea of rest & relaxation but I was born this old so what do I know? As experienced as I am with babies and small children, it has been a wee while since I did this on my own so I am fully expecting to experience the need for eyes in the back of my head, realising just how fast he can move and having to take him to the loo with me because I don’t want to leave him on his own. As a busy baby, days are going to be full and hopefully there will not be too many tears. I have no doubt that I will collapse into bed at 9, my book untouched. I …