The Parenting Jungle began in May 2016 (because of my left boob) when recovering from having a troublesome chest lump removed. TPJ took root and grew quickly into colourful, creative family, lifestyle and review blog.
My parenting journey has been an adventure into the unknown. Jungles are wild, wonderful, dark and lonely. You can lose yourself. How I felt after having my children. Fewer tigers more toddlers. I also really like leaf prints. Perhaps the Parenting Zoo would have been better. I’m too tired to rebrand.
Finding my feet as an imperfect mother TPJ offers a mishmash of our daily experiences. A safe place of honesty and support for parents-old and new I want to dispel that lingering grey thought that we are not ‘good enough!’ Even if it means throwing a soggy nappy and yelling, ‘You can get through this, it’s OK if you are wearing yesterday’s pants’.
After having Norah I experienced crippling PND. The blog is very much still following the ethos and is The Parenting Jungle but like in life, it’s not just about my welly wearing offspring, it’s now about rediscovering me. Hence Jade in The Jungle. Lost in the wider wilderness of life in phonics, endless piles of laundry, learning to correctly apply lipstick, dressing for a post-baby body and the dark ‘what the heck am I doing’ times of a thirty-something. Shared parenting, separation anxiety, superhero’s and sarcasm still appear regularly.
How about you check out a couple of our most popular posts including, ‘Running The Other Mother’s Gauntlet’, or ‘Has Anyone Told You That You Are Too Old, Or Too Young To Be A Mum?’, or ‘How I was saved by the Midnight Mother’s club.’
These are my hopeful adventures in motherhood. The perfect mother? She is fiction. Join me for the journey.
A thirty-something co-creator of The #Lionessmama Instagram community and a multi-award nominated parent blogger. Naively I believed that having degrees in Education and Social work would mean I would have stable footing as a mother. A single parent for the first 4 years, instead I have stumbled by on the qualifications of being a try’er and a cope’er.
I like loose routines, receiving coupons and socks, outdoor playing, positive reinforcement, dragon breathing (when you are cross and want to swear) and eating your kid’s leftovers. A photography enthusiast, I love a camera filter and mustard yellow. Living in #Devon I put my feet in the sea as often as possible.
The Jungle cub LEO is 3 ft. of cape-wearing hyperactivity. He is eight going on eighteen. The most feared word in my house is uh-oh, because I know that he broke something and it will be expensive to replace. He is a mathematical whizz and likely to grow up to be an accountant. His world revolves around football, his Kindle Fire and chocolate.
Baby NORAH or ‘Rory’ is the newest member of the pack (born February 2018). The curly haired little sleep loves aggressive pointing and screaming at strangers in Tesco, suffered from silent reflux, and is adored by everybody. Its the cheeks. She is 94th percentile in weight and 98th in height. She will play professional rugby.
My partner deals with passenger seat parenting remarkably well but is consequently balding from the stress of living with us. The Jungle Tarzan (If Tarzan retired and became a librarian and stepdad). He is elusive and mistrusting of social media.
We as parents need to stop beating ourselves down…and other parents down. We are all lost in The Parenting Jungle for the next 18-25 years.
TPJ is in the TOTS100 index of UK parenting blogs Top 500, has been featured on Kid Transit’s Top 10 Parent Blogs to Read This Summer 2016, The Baby Spot Top Mom Bloggers to Look Out For 2017 and Top Mom Bloggers of 2018, Credit Donkey’s Best Parenting Blogs 2017: Top Influential Views, The Nappy Bag Store Top Parenting Blogs 2017 and The Nappy Bag Store Top Parenting Bloggers 2019. We were shortlisted for The Mum and Working Awards 2016, nominated for the MADS 2016 and came runner up for the ‘New Mum Blogger’ 2016 search in Mother and Baby magazine in association with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula.
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