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9 Stories That Will Make You Want To Call Your Mum

Essays and features about being a mother and having one.

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"Sunday Dinner, Jamaican Style", by Gena-mour Barrett and Fiona Rutherford

“When I watched my mum cook I could tell she was brought up in Jamaica – and it was only when I tried to emulate her that I realised how clear it was that I wasn’t. In my mother’s kitchen, there are no scales, no measurements, and no mistakes.”


“Talking to your mum about make-up is never just chatting lipstick. It can be trading tips and tricks with a woman who knows your face better than anyone. Sometimes it allows you to reveal your insecurities to someone with whom you can be totally vulnerable and have your confidence boosted by someone you love the most. It’s exploring how your shared history has contributed to your sense of identity today.”


“Although this isn’t the case for me personally, it got me wondering about Tinder and interested in how parents would react to it. What if I let my mother use my Tinder and do the swiping for me? How would she cope with courting in cyberspace? More importantly, how would she react to a dick pic?”


“If you are reading this and your baby has just been diagnosed with a cleft palate, and you are wondering what that means, then firstly, I wish I could give you a hug and say this to your face.


"When you first learn that your baby has a cleft palate, your world stops for a moment. And you wonder what that will mean. Will my baby be different? Will she be bullied? Will he struggle? What happens next? And while every baby is different, I promise you, it does get better. There will be challenges, of course there will, but time goes so quickly. So don’t let this tiny difference take away those baby days, and those first moments away from you.”


"How A Chapatti Brought My Mum Back To Life", by Nikesh Shukla

“No one was hungry – not even me, and I had a Pavlovian reaction to that kitchen. I spent years growing up in a bedroom above it, my rap music punctuated by bursts of pressure cooker and sizzling onions, the dull thud of mum frying, boiling, baking, chopping, occasionally banging on the table with a rolling pin to alert us to dinner. Now that kitchen was a museum dedicated to how things were and what they used to be, each surface gleaming with bleach and polish­ (my sister’s touch, an urge to purge the house of all bugs).”


"13 Things To Do For Your Friend With Post-Natal Depression", by Alice Judge Talbot

“When you’re in the midst of PND it’s easy to make the world your enemy and to feel like you’re going to be this way forever. My days were filled with so many negative emotions – sadness, inadequacy, anxiety – and I just couldn’t see a way out of my mental health hole. But it happened: I look back at how crazy I felt three years ago and how far I’ve come today and I am so proud I fought my way out of the depression with the help of my beautiful children, parents and friends.”


"I Let My Mum Dress Me For A Week", by Kristabel Plummer

“I prefer to adopt a very experimental way of getting dressed, complete with chunky heels, eclectic pattern-mixing, and a slight Peter Pan mindset, whereas my mum prefers a more classic approach. Think Chanel-style jackets, elegant dresses, and heels you couldn’t walk to the tube station in. We’re pretty close; however, she’s pretty opinionated about my collection of wooden Swedish Hasbeens sandals (apparently they’re man-repelling) and addiction to shapeless smock dresses.”


“It has now been five years since my mum’s diagnosis, and she has been working on recovery through various forms of treatment ever since. There have been a number of times we’ve celebrated the demise of her eating disorder, and many times again that I’ve known it was creeping back in. She works so hard to get better and has made so much progress, but I know she doesn’t always manage to keep it away, and it’s easy to be disheartened by those times. We have learnt just to persevere, have patience, and be kind.”


"12 Things Adoptive Parents Are Tired Of Hearing", by AdoptiveDad

“As all adoptive parents with birth children will tell you, it will not make one jot of difference whether we first meet our little one in a hospital maternity ward or a foster carer’s front room, both children will be special and loved infinitely no matter where they came from.”


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