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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD - THAT UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE, BEDTIME MONOTONY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF REST

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD - THAT UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE, BEDTIME MONOTONY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF REST

IT'S BACK! We are beyond excited at Gerrard & Grace to bring you a brand new #payparenthoodforward! We couldn't think of a nicer way to start up again than with our lovely Insta-friend Susie from @totterandtumble who has been hanging out with us on these squares since the beginning and whose incredible playmats have taken Instagram by storm! Hello! I am Susie, founder of Totter + Tumble. With a wonderful decade of primary teaching under my belt and two little ones under my feet, I became too frustrated with the impractical and garish jigsaw playmats, so decided to do something...

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Good Enough is Good Enough

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Good Enough is Good Enough

Hands up who has ever felt the parent guilt?! Who has ever fretted that they are not doing enough by their baby?! Worried over working too much, being too tired, being too impatient, not spending enough quality time with their little one, not stimulating them in positive ways, allowing too much TV or too many snacks?! Hands up who has ever doubted their parenting decisions, been influenced by the parenting of others to change yours, who has ever compared themselves to another mum or dad who seems to have it together and perceived themselves as lacking?! Hands up if these...

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: MATHS, SKIN-TO-SKIN AND THE ART OF NARRATION

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: MATHS, SKIN-TO-SKIN AND THE ART OF NARRATION

In this post we welcome Sam Pantlin from The Naked Midwives (www.thenakedmidwives.co.uk) with her tips on helpful parenting mathematics and why skin-to-skin can be so useful. We also welcome Andrew South (find him as @beard_plus_babe) with his tip for revealing the world to your little one.  Hello, my name is Sam and together with Alex, we are The Naked Midwives. In addition to running this small business, we are both mums (me to 3 girls and Alex to 1 daughter) and practicing midwives.  We started The Naked Midwives to address the number of lovely women we would see in labour...

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: INSPIRING TRICKY EATERS AND SAVED BY THE SNACKS

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: INSPIRING TRICKY EATERS AND SAVED BY THE SNACKS

 We have an awful lot of catching up to do! So without delay, this #payparenthoodforward is all about food. In this post we have the very fabulous blogger Lisa Fraser (find her here @diary_of_dylan) giving a top tip to avoid the feared toddler tantrum, alongside close friend and all round wonderful woman, Ellen James with her top tip for fussy eaters.  Hello! I’m Lisa and I’m a first time Mum to my beautiful but sleep evading son Dylan who is 1. We live in Scotland, just outside of Edinburgh with my husband. Alongside my blog and motherhood I work part time as...

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: BOTTLE FEEDING AND PRAISING THE EFFORT

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#PAYPARENTHOODFORWARD: BOTTLE FEEDING AND PRAISING THE EFFORT

We have been lucky enough to have the very lovely Janey Carey from Mummy Buddy (www.mummybuddy.org.uk) and Lydia Mansi (www.lydiamansi.com) feature on our #payparenthoodforward a little while back. Janey shares some super helpful tips both on giving babies medication and bottle feeding and Lydia has an important parenting philosophy  that was passed down from her own parents.  Janey \   Hi, I'm Janey. I recently set up the Mummy Buddy Programme, connecting first time pregnant women with a dedicated, friendly, local new mum to support them during their transition into motherhood.  I live in West London with my husband Kieran...

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