Unable to stand watching the thousandth episode of Murder She Wrote the Parenting Jungle began unexpectedly BECAUSE OF MY LEFT BOOB, in May 2016 when I was off work recovering from having a troublesome chest lump removed. The TPJ took root and has grown quickly as a colourful, creative family, lifestyle and review blog. I have a boy named after a lion and, that’s what my parenting journey has felt like, adventuring through the unknown. Jungles are wild, wonderful, feel like they might kill you and full of little wildthings. Like my family life. I also really like leaf prints. Perhaps the Parenting Zoo would have been better. I may need a rebrand. A place to share my path to a finding my feet as an imperfect mother, TPJ offers a colourful mishmash of my day-to-day experiences and raw, honest posts from where I wished I had another parent to hit me in the face with a soggy nappy and say, ‘You can get through this, it’s OK if you are wearing yesterday’s pants’. A safe place of honesty, solace and support for parents-old and new to dispel that lingering grey thought that we are not ‘good enough!’ We are all different. Diversity is good; look how successful skittles are. Shared parenting, separation anxiety, superhero’s and sarcasm appear regularly.
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 an award winning 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 kids 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 seven going on seventeen. 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.
(He can be a bit of a monster.)
Baby Norah or ‘Roary’ is the newest member of the pack (born February 2018). The curly haired little sleep loves aggressive pointing and screaming dada and 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 illusive 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.