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Pinky McKay’s Parenting By Heart Mummy Meet-ups – come and join us!

I have often felt frustrated visiting new mums struggling with the whole deal – a baby who has difficulty breastfeeding, an unsettled baby and sleepless days and nights. My frustration isn't that I couldn’t help these women but that they need ongoing support - from other mums.  They needed community - they needed to feel they weren’t ‘the only one’…
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When girlfriends become mummies

“We were friends for about five years before we had babies -we worked together and at weekends we partied together. Later, we spent holidays together with our respective partners. Then we had children.  As we have journeyed through pregnancies and into parenthood, the differences between our styles of parenting are so glaringly obvious that it's…
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And baby makes ‘three’!

“We were out for dinner with friends, when she leaned across to him and said, “what would Daddy like to drink?”  Jenna, now a mum of a toddler recalls, “this was before we had children of our own and I clearly remember my partner and I were mortified that our friends’ relationship had been reduced to them being ‘mummy ‘and ‘daddy’ to each…
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Managing your mother-in-law

You may have heard a million jokes about mother-in-laws, but when it comes to dealing with your own, up close and personal, especially when you become a parent, it isn’t easy to see the funny side.  Unfortunately, we can’t choose our in-laws – they come as part of the package along with the person we fall in love with. And, here lies the…
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A conspiracy of silence

Every day I see wonderful mothers doing a lovely job nurturing their little ones but so many of these women doubt themselves as they face criticism for their parenting choices, especially if they happen to have a high needs baby. Even though - or perhaps, especially when - it seems that you are the only person whose baby only sleeps for…
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Planning your ‘baby moon’

I find it quite astonishing that people will spare no expense or effort to plan an elaborate wedding and a romantic honeymoon and yet the greatest change of life – having a baby- is often expected to be a mere ‘blip on the radar’ that should fit into an already busy schedule. In fact, many couples assume that this time will be a great opportunity…
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