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A guest post on the importance and upsides of imperfection, by Talya at Motherhood: The Real Deal

In today’s world, we have very high expectations of ourselves. We’re always shooting for the stars, obsessing about this, that or the other in that everything-has-to-be-just-so kinda way. Yet how many of us have uttered the words “there’s no such thing as perfect” time and time again?

It’s no wonder that when embarking on motherhood, so many women put such great amounts of pressure on themselves from the very outset, and as a result become a walking neurotic blob. After all, it’s probably the greatest challenge of our life so far, and we want to do it 100% right… right?

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Mother Wars – Really?

mother warsDo you know what? I am starting to get really sick of being fed a load of twaddle about mothers not supporting each other. Every other damn headline – be it parenting website, blog or even national newspaper – seems to be about some apparent bone of contention between women and the choices they make in parenting.

I first heard of the ‘Mommy Wars’ a good while back – it was in association with Gwyneth Paltrow’s alleged put-down on the typical mother’s working week or some such. It seemed to be me mainly an American idea and all quite far from my doorstep really.

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A Parenting Quiz: What Kind Are You?

children watching tvSo everybody knows that you shouldn’t rely on your own judgment, intuition and kids’ wellbeing to decide if you’re doing okay in the parenting department. These factors make unreliable measuring tools and are not to be trusted – if the quality of your offspring’s care matters to you at all.
Instead, taking this highly sophisticated and insightful parenting quiz will tell you – for sure – whether you’re a hit or a hazard in the world of child rearing. What’s more, you can find out in just five of your earth minutes!

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Milestones of Motherhood

Is your baby as advanced in house-wrecking as mine?

When you have a baby, everyone – from your parents, to your friends, to your Health Visitor, to the Grandmother in the park you have literally never laid eyes on before – want to know all about your baby’s milestones.

Do they crawl?

Can they pull up to stand?

Are they walking yet?

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