All about me…
I am mum three beautiful children – a 15 year old daughter and two boys aged 8 and 4. My sons were recently diagnosed with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, which is a rare and life changing genetic condition, so life is never dull, and I am passionate about learning to trust our instincts as parents.
After eleven years as a primary school teacher I left the career to become a freelance writer. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and I am currently writing (and rewriting and editing with the help of my agent) my first novel, but I would relish opportunities to write for other blogs/magazines/newspapers – ask me! I also facilitate a course on creative writing for mums suffering with perinatal mental health issues.
I am the author of A Monster Ate My Mum, a children’s book about Post Natal Depression, and have visited charities to give talks about my own experiences of mental health as well as giving readings of the book. I enjoy public speaking and am happy to travel in order to do so and help support families affected by the illness, again just ask! And you can buy the book here.
This blog used to be one perfectly described as a ‘mummy blog,’ but I’m now trying to branch out and be a little bit more diverse. I am passionate about parenting, mental health and all things feminist and also blog for The Huffington Post. That’s if and when I find time to blog, of course…
You can find me on Facebook as Instinctivemum, and also on Twitter @InstinctiveMum.
suzanneMarch 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm (10 years ago)
Entirely agree! I have tried to treat my children all the same (fairness being the aim) but it always backfires – I have finally learnt, after 13 years of parenting, that they are different and should be treated as such! Looking forward to following your blog 🙂Reply
instinctivemumMarch 14, 2013 at 10:12 am (10 years ago)
Thank you so much for reading! X
themotherhoodsiteMarch 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm (10 years ago)
Absolutely agree about the importance of trusting our instincts as parents, and yet it can be harder than it sounds sometimes to identify exactly what your instinct is telling you.Reply
instinctivemumMarch 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm (10 years ago)
It can, it takes a lot of practise and trust in ourselves to follow our instincts and not doubt ourselves because of so called ‘experts’ and others. We know our children better than anyone else and sometimes trust our instincts as we’re bringing them up without realising we’re doing so. Thank you for reading x
Jaime OliverApril 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm (10 years ago)
I have just nominated you for a Super Sweet Award http://wp.me/s3cVCs-2564Reply
PODcast (@The_Doves)September 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm (10 years ago)
Your so right, we should always trust our instincts. What those instincts are we’re not always sure about but we have to go with what we think is best 🙂Reply
instinctivemumOctober 5, 2013 at 9:35 am (10 years ago)
Absolutely, it takes time to have the confidence to listen to and trust our instincts.