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Mama Bean Parenting: My Sleep Deficit Is Four Months – Parents Article

“Mummy needs to sleep for a month.” We all laughed at my seven-year-old’s suggestion.  A month of sleep to catch up on the hours I’ve lost since my newest sleep-thief was born, just over two years ago?  A whole month?!  Hilarious. Though it turns out, she was onto something… My husband grew quiet as he did some sums in his head. “It’s four months,” he said, aghast. “Huh?” “Your sleep deficit is four months.” He’s right.  We checked it over…

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The Meme Every Breastfeeding Mom Will Relate To – Parents Article

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these last few weeks, you’re sure to have stumbled across the #10YearChallenge hashtag: the social media trend pairing two photos of the same individual, spaced ten years apart. Across the globe, friends are collectively praising one another’s ageing, all the while skeptics are questioning whether the hashtag is an evil cog in the Zuckerberg empire…after all, what better way to develop facial recognition technology (for free) than to collect millions of side-by-side snapshots…

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The Unfiltered Parenting Video We All Need To Watch – Parents Article

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how frustrated I am with the “You’ll Miss This” videos that crop up all-too-often on my social media feeds. You know the ones I mean…the ones that tell us to absorb every moment of every day because it all goes by so very fast…without quite acknowledging that some of those moments are bitterly hard. If, like me, you’re fed up of the typical “You’ll Miss This” video script, I hereby offer…

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It’s Time To Celebrate Postpartum (Without The Filter) – Parents Article

Mama Bean Parenting: It’s Time To Celebrate Postpartum (Without The Filter) It’s Time To Celebrate Postpartum (Without The Filter) A few days ago, Facebook announced plans to change its algorithms to promote wellbeing amongst its users. It seems that too many of us have fallen victim to the social media comparison game and the endless clickbait articles that leave us feeling pretty void of compassion by the time the last ad rolls by. Facebook has listened to our calls for…

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Mama Bean Parenting: Virtually Postpartum – Parents Article

Mama Bean Parenting: Virtually Postpartum Virtually Postpartum I met Jess for the first time in an online parenting group when our girls were toddlers. We seemed to mirror one another, with our experiences and outlook. Slowly but surely, we carved a friendship out of words, carefully typed out from different corners of the earth. I met Jess for the second time at her home in Canada, 4500 miles away from my quaint English village.  My daughter was six at the…

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