Website Launch Day

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More Than A Mum is getting a bit hectic.  We apologise again for the break n transmission, but don’t worry, we’ll be back soon!

In fact we will be launching our new website on Monday.

While you’re here, why not take a look at some past content you might not have seen?

For You THE WOMAN you might like:

24 hours of Freedom, First steps to recovering your identity, Mums me-time is just 26minutes and High on Heels

For You THE MUM you might like:

Are you scared of spiders Mummy?Should I send my child to pre-school?Toddler Friendly Museum parts 1 and 2 and Teaching Children about identity, prejudice and racism

Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/Morethanamum and follow us on twitter @more_than_a

See you at the new place on Monday!

Loretta and Ruth

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We’re Moving Home

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We are in the process of moving home.  This means that there will be a short break in transmissions!  We will let you know as soon as we go live on our new address.  In the mean time, please pop to our new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Morethanamum and like us to be kept up to date with things.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out More Than A Mum: The Course.

Also, just to keep you going – here’s one more of my macro-madness shots to keep you guessing… what is it? (Answers will be revealed in our new home very soon!)Close up Brazil

Silent Sunday

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More Than A Mum: The Course

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It’s all getting pretty exciting at More Than A Mum!  By now you probably have a pretty good idea of our mission: We want to support women in being brilliant Mums, AND help them to rediscover their own identity.

Well, we have taken this mission a step further and as of today we have teamed up with Pitter Patter The Hub for Bubs to offer a course for Mums to help you achieve those dual aims of being a great parent and rediscovering yourself as an individual. Oh and you’ll get to meet and chat with other Mums in the area over coffee with some lovely Mummy treats thrown in…

The sessions will run on Saturday mornings once a month, beginning on the 3rd March, at the Grove Pub in Ealing.

Sessions will be in two parts, one to support you as a Mum and one to support you as a woman.  Each section will have a range of information, guidance, support and activities for you in your role as woman and your role as Mum.

The Woman section will include a range of inspirational talks, confidence building activities, Mum me-time activities and case studies to help you see the ways you can re-discover your own identity and reward yourself for the role you play in your family.

The Mum section will be based around a particular activity that you can do with your child/children.  The activities will all be linked to your child’s development needs, but also be an entertaining activity for parent and child alike.

The sessions are designed to enable you to feel better equipped to aid your child’s physical, emotional and academic progress; to help you to develop strategies to create and maximise Mum me-time; and to revive your sense of personal identity.

We are sorry if you don’t live in the Ealing area, but we are in the process of developing online versions of the course as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

Get in touch via morethanamum@gmail.com or @more_than_a for more information.

How bond with mother in first 18 months can shape your love life

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So I came across another article yesterday that basically blamed mothers for any messed up adults (again!) the headline being – ‘How bond with mother in first 18 months can shape our love life!’ I should probably say it was in the Daily Mail which helped me not to take it too seriously.  However, the article was based on research done by a team of psychologists and university professors (The study is published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science) which again doesn’t particularly mean it’s any more true – but nevertheless made it appear slightly more official.  The researchers found ‘those children with a secure bond with their mothers were likely to have more successful relationships later on in life’.  This much I agree with and I know there has been extensive research that the first years are of huge significance to a person’s life course.  There has also been extensive research on how physical touch and love have a massive effect on the brain development of children – see a brilliant book on this called ‘The Science of Parenting’.  However, the research in this article goes a step further claiming:

‘Your interpersonal experiences with your mother during the first 12 to 18 months of life predict your behaviour in romantic relationships 20 years later.’

Apparently the ability to ‘trust, love and work through arguments’ is developed early on in these crucial stages.  I don’t think a single person could read the article and not end up analysing whether there is a correlation between their mother’s love and the success or failure of their relationships.  My problem with this is whether it gives adults an excuse for poor behaviour and encourages a lack of responsibility for one’s actions.

The article does go on to say, ‘Old patterns can be overcome. A betrayed baby can become loyal. An unloved infant can learn to love.’ Which suggests we are not a slave to our upbringing though even this was put in a particularly harsh way.

It is not new news that our childhood affects who we are as adults but when it comes to romantic relationships I would have thought we were more influenced by the opposite sex parent to a larger extent and surely at a much later stage in life?  As with most sweeping statements it ignores the multitudes of other factors that influence a persons conduct in a relationship.

If this study is to be trusted then where does that leave every mother who has suffered with post natal depression and was unable to bond with her child during that crucial first year?  Feeling pretty crap I would think!

I’m a firm believer that most things can be turned around with a big, and consistent, dose of love and that we have the power to change ourselves, break the mould and decide who we want to be!

L

Snap Slappers – It’s all gone a bit drippy

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After a few weeks on the wagon, I’m afraid I’m back on the Picnik…

Anyway, I think this is what the tap might look like if I spent too much time with fivegoblogging’s Gin O’clock posting! Click on the badge if you haven’t seen it yet.

It’s all gone a bit surreal and sixties here!

Five Go Blogging Snap Slappers