Hello and welcome!
If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to the The Parent Pause blog.
So, come on in and take a moment to pause, because we think we’ve got something that can help whilst you navigate through parenthood.
I am so excited and proud to represent and support the savvy-cool parents of Rugby and Warwickshire, (I’m also a bit nervous, but that’s just because I am finding my mum confidence again after having my third child!)
I decided to start The Parent Pause because I really wanted to link up with other like-minded parents in my local area. I really think we’re on the brink of a big culture shake up. Things are a-changing all around the world, and it’s more apparent than ever that the powers that be don’t always have our best interests at heart, and instead of hiding behind the protection of our shiny social media screens, putting ourselves in constant competition with others (we all do it!), we need to support and raise each other up in actual real life. Just think, if we kick start this now, we could create a huge ripple effect of positive parent culture that lasts past our kids’ generation and way into the future.
I also really want parents to feel they can be honest and share real thoughts and feelings on here too. If we all sugarcoat and make it seem that life is always perfect, it can be even tougher for those that are struggling (currently writing this as I let my two eldest play on the games console, with biscuits, past their daily quota time, because the baby is asleep and it will give me a few more minutes!)
I welcome blog contributions of all kinds and am keen to share stories from the parenting frontline. Parenthood honesty is brave and a rare concept in the age of the social media vortex, where we can be conned into thinking that everyone else’s lives are going much better than ours! Parent truths should be celebrated – it’s okay not to be okay sometimes. Babies and children are a marvel, but it’s okay to admit that some days are shockingly shitty! It doesn’t make you a bad parent, it just means you need a break to ‘fill up your own cup.’
Remember that safety message on airplanes? The one that says “Put on your own oxygen mask before attending to others.” Well it’s a message for life people! If you’re struggling to breathe, always sort your own oxygen mask first, you’ll be a better Mummy or Daddy for it I promise (and yes, that does mean go and get a massage, or have a bath or even just go for a walk – anything that helps you to refresh and start again).
Please get in touch and send me any ideas, blog posts; event suggestions or any work shops you would like to see in our area, or even just say to say hello. With all of the scary stuff in the news, let’s stick together and really make this year, a year for the magnificent mamas and brilliant papas of Rugby and the surrounding areas – whether that’s through a blog post that really helps a new mum, or through an event which makes a single Dad realise he doesn’t have to do this alone – Mums and Dads, we’ve got your back!
My first big aim was to set up a launch event where you can ‘press pause,’ have some fun and meet other parents. No judgement. No cliques. Just people who parent, connecting with other like-minded parent folk. I’ve already booked the hilarious Sunday Times Best Seller ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ as a guest speaker, along with Cheltenham Wonder Woman and Super InstaMum – Kate Starkey ‘Cheltenham Maman’ and Giles from ‘You the Daddy.’ Don’t forget to save the evening of Wednesday 12th April and book your tickets here. Following the launch event, there will be an ongoing programme of events, workshops, classes and more so keep an eye on our diary.
Parents, we’ve got this!