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What do you remember from those first days of motherhood?

What do you most remember about those first few days of becoming a mother?

I remember the most delicious cold cup of tea and toast that I've ever had in my life. Relief that labour was over. Large folds of post-baby tummy in a red bath. And then the confusion. The exhaustion, and the loss of identity.

What do you wish you could have believed about those early days of motherhood?

The love, yes. But also the self criticism and an often overwhelming sense of failure. 

I wish someone had been able to tell me then what a great mum I could and would become. 

Our activity this month is about looking back at those early mama moments and remembering how it felt...

And then thinking of the words you wished you had heard (and believed) about yourself in those early days - what would you tell yourself now that you didn't know then? 

Create an honest, inspiring, exhausted and beautiful New Mama Mantra to share with other mums who might need those words, right now.

Make together at our next #somum Make Date!

We'll be getting together to make our New Mama Mantras and share new mama wisdom at our next #somum Make Date on twitter on Weds 9 April  from 8.30 - 10pm GMT (find world times here). We have some fantastic prizes for you! 

The lovely Catherine Redfern is giving us TWO copies of her amazing New Mama Welcome Pack.

The pack is the perfect gift for a new mum - it's stuffed with hand-picked digital goodies designed to inspire and support.

Contributions are drawn from over 60 amazing women, and delivered over those first 3 challenging wonderful months of motherhood.

Exactly when a new mama most needs the love. 

(The pack also features Pippa, complete with unbrushed hair and teeth - to convincingly recreate those early days - and many current days If I'm completely honest...).

And a very special Mamas' Reward Chart, encouraging new mamas to celebrate all those little successes that can so easily get overshadowed by the bigger challenges.

PS if you buy a pack using this link, we get a contribution to support Story of Mum too. Thank you :) 

Plus, the marvellous Amy Beeson (remember her My Mum Story film?) is giving us THREE copies of the memoir she has co-written with her own mother, Sarah Beeson: The New Arrival.

The book tells the story of Sarah's experiences as a trainee nurse in Hackney in the 1970s, including lots of work on the infants' ward supporting new mamas... 

Find all the competition rules below.

Join in

Root out a photo, and take a good look at that new mother. What does she need to hear? 

Come play with us on twitter on Wednesday 9 April. We'll choose winners of the 3 books, and the first New Mama Welcome Pack at the end of the Make Date, selected randomly from everyone adding #somum to their tweets.

And if you miss out then, don't worry - there will be another chance to win a New Mama Welcome Pack - by loading your image up to the New Mama Mantra page in April. 

Even more new mama inspiration...

And for even more support and inspiration, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack Blog Hop - you can find my post here, and a link to all the other fabulous posts at the bottom of that. Read and feel better!

Other twitter competition rules

  • Duplicate accounts, automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified
  • Winners will be chosen at random from all those tweeting using #somum between 20.30 GMT and 22.00 GMT on 9 April 2014. 
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition will run from 20.30 GMT and 22.00 GMT on 9 April 2014 in Great Britain.
  • story of mum is compliant with the data protection act. While we will share the twitter names of winners (and their tweets) with great excitement, we will not pass on any other details to any third party without your prior consent.

Other rules for uploading your New Mama Mantra picture

  • Duplicate accounts, automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified
  • Winners will be chosen at random from all those uploading a picture of their New Mama Mantra that fits the brief described here to this webpage between 00.01am GMT on 1 April 2014 and midnight GMT on 30 April 2014. Please note that you need to join the story of mum community in order to upload a picture or story.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition will run from 00.01am GMT on 1 April 2014 and midnight GMT on 30 April 2014 in Great Britain.
  • Story of mum is compliant with the data protection act. While we will share links to the winner's submission, we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.
  • If you don't want to enter the draw, that's absolutely fine. You can still take part in either activity and load up a photo, just contact us to let us know you don't want to be entered in the competition.

10 Original Feel-Good GIfts for Mamas

With Mothers' Day on the horizon (30 March in the UK!), we've gathered together some thoughtful alternatives to flowers and chocolates: show a mama how much she means to you any day of the year with this original feel-good treats for mums...

10 original feel-good gifts for mama via www.storyofmum.com

Here are ten original beautiful inspiring gifts  - gifts that can make a real difference to the mamas you love… 

In keeping with this month’s self-care theme, let’s also remember that the mamas you love should include YOU.

So if you fancy any of these goodies for yourself, we hereby give you permission to celebrate just how amazing you are too, and grab one! We're a little bit biased towards the two we're part of, but quite frankly, we want all of them...

Because Mothers’ Day is also a day to celebrate ourselves. Just like every day.


Six  gifts for a mama who needs a boost:

Acorn necklace from www.tigerlillyquinnshop.com

1. For that nurturing mama who made you who you are 

Remind your mother of where you came from, and just how much you appreciate that with this beautiful simple acorn necklace from TigerLilly Quinn. (£6.99 - it's in the sale!)

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn"Ralph Waldo Emerson

And remember the acorns you have sewn, amazing mama.

The Bodies of Mothers from www.abeautifulbodyproject.com

2. For the beautiful mama who can't see her own beauty

Jade Beall’s wonderful book of photographs and stories celebrating miraculous mama-bodies comes out very soon!

Together, let’s fill the world with beautiful images of real mama bodies instead of unrealistic photo-shopped versions.

($50 and you're also supporting inspiring mama-loving creative work...)

If you like this, you might also like Love Mum Body.


DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit from www.storyofmum.com3. For the busy mama who dreams of time for herself
(especially with her friends)…

A fabulous digital kit (made by us, excuse the self-promotion but it genuinely is ace!) packed with everything you need to host a life-changing mamas’ retreat for the mamas you care about - full of gorgeous printables, videos and inspiration.

Buy a kit for another mama far away, or buy one for yourself and send your mama friends invitations to your very own retreat. A very special gift to give and receive...

£27 (you can also find a sneaky discount code over at our Mama Self-Care Carnival...)

Damn You're a Good Mother T-shirt from www.twistedtwee.co.uk

4. For the mama who wears her heart on her chest...

Now who wouldn't want to look in the mirror and see this inspired T-shirt from Twisted Twee on a bad day?

I know I would (*nudges husband*)

In fact, I think this T-shirt would transform my whole experience of looking in the mirror, especially if I invested in a good bra too... (£20)

Affirmations for Mothers Who Want to Thrive from www.mumsandmore.co.uk

5. For the amazing mama who still doubts herself…

This little ebook: Affirmations for Mothers who want to THRIVE from Kirsten Hanlon is full of inspiring affirmations to remind mamas that they are more than enough.

Being a mother is hard, exhausting, and undervalued - most of all by ourselves. Reminding ourselves of our strengths has enormous power. I used affirmations to prepare for my labours, and I got through both drug-free - there's got to be something in that...! (£1.92)

New Mama Welcome Pack from http://newmamawelcome.com/

6. For the brand new mama trying to make sense of it all…

The New Mama Welcome Pack is a guilt busting, empowering, cheer-leading support package, offering love, inspiration, wisdom, encouragement and reassurance to get a new mama through the difficult newborn days.

Delivered over three months direct to their inbox, the New Mama Welcome Pack is bursting with supportive and uplifting digital goodies from over 60 contributors in 13 countries, all designed to help a new mama make the most of this precious and exhausting time. (£89)

This utterly original pack also features me, sharing the joys of our Mamas' Reward Charts...! 

These links to the pack if (I've done it right), are affiliate links, so if you buy one, we'll get a commission and you'll be supporting us too, thank you x

 four gifts for the mama with passion, but no time:

Recycled flowers from Colleen Attara http://www.colleenattara.com/shop/recycled-window-with-a-vase-of-flowers-eggplant/7. loves flowers, but no time for gardening?

The ever inspirational Colleen Attara has the perfect eco-solution for fuss-free flowers all year round.

So why not treat the mama you love to a stunning vase-load of recycled flowers that never need refreshing and are always blooming marvellous?

Brighten up another mama's day, every day. ($268)

darling dachshunds - Long Rock tote handbag from www.poppytreffry.co.uk8. Loves dogs, but no time to look after one?

Know a dog-adoring mama? Or a mama who's always dreamt of having a dog, but found that a household of kids is more than enough exercise...? 

How about giving her a bag-load of dachshunds from talented crafting mama Poppy Treffry?

What stylish mum could resist the urge to scamper after sticks with this bag hung over their shoulder… Not me! (£60)

Plus if you only have £5, you could try one of Poppy's gorgeous badges instead, as seen above (no dogs sadly, but bumble bees, donkeys, birds, boats, flowers and much much more...)


Personalised mama biscuits from http://nilaholden.wordpress.com/

9. Loves biscuits, but no time to eat them before the kids do?

There's no need to share these beautiful mama cookies made by lovely Nila Holden

 Admittedly, this is similar to the selfish/sensible practice of labelling your food in communal student cupboards, but it’s MOTHERS’ DAY so there’s no shame in saving the best for you… or, erherm, that other mother you're buying gifts for...  (£18)

Swimming Gala Duvet from www.sam-osborne.co.uk10. loves synchronised swimming, but no time to shave legs?

OK, we might be aiming at a relatively limited target group here (apart from the shaving thing...). And if she's a mama, it's quite likely that she dreams of sleep, if she dreams at all. But just in case she finally gets some rest, how about this stunning duvet cover from the very wonderful Sam Osborne(£101)

Or failing that, just take the kids and let the poor woman have some time in bed.

If this is a gift for you, hand the kids to a friend and go to bed.

got no cash?

If you can’t afford any of the options above, fear not, you can still gift something fabulous. Just head on over here for 5 fabulous frugal mothers day gifts you can make in just 20 minutes.

So... that should be Mothers' Day sorted then. You're welcome, mama! 

Have an amazing day. And remember that you deserve to be celebrated every single day of the year. 

For more inspiration to look after yourself, take a peek at some of the posts in our Mama Self-Care Blogging Carnival.

My own island

Self-care is something I’ve struggled with throughout my life. But never more so than as a mother, when I find carving out that little bit of time for me so much harder. Here's the story of how I started to make islands of time for myself, and a simple creative activity that can help you to start too...

What nurtures you? Inspiration for mama self-care from Story of Mum

Self care is a hard-won battle between that part of me that knows I deserve it, and that voice in my head that is always urging me on to the next thing – the washing, the cleaning, the working, the constant doing. That voice in my head that actually doesn’t believe I am worthy of looking after too. 

Yet my self-care is a precious little island of time for me. That I deserve. An island of time that I make to nurture me. To let go of all the worries and fears I hold for other people, and to be present in my moment.

On my island, there are no limits. Apart from those limiting voices in my head, and I have been working on ways to quieten them down...

My self-care story

I found the transition into motherhood very challenging. I was used to overworking, defining my value by what I 'did' not who I was. And I struggled to 'do' motherhood well. I certainly didn't believe I deserved time off for myself.

A couple of years into motherhood, I started to visit one little self-care island a week. A yoga class.

It was a huge and terrifying step to ask my in-laws to look after my children so I could take time out for me. But I asked. And they loved the extra time with the kids. And it was the first step on a transformational journey.

Now I have a whole archipelago of precious self-care moments.

Collage from Story of Mum's Mamas' Retreat: What nurtures you?

For me, self-care is often physical – because I’ve neglected my body in the past. And because that physical focus helps me to move away from my constant worries, and into myself again. I’m not one for sitting and meditating.

I go to yoga every week – and I’m just about to start yoga twice a week. (The internal voices are of course still up in arms about that, but I'm just about ready to take them on again...)

After getting used to my yoga commitment, I started to join Zumba classes at least once a week too, twice a week if I could get the childcare.

Last year, I had to stop going whenever my husband went away to work (which he does a lot) but I realised that this was when I needed self-care most – busily looking after two kids without him, working late into the night, doing everything alone. And so even though the cost of a babysitter to look after the kids while I go costs more than each class itself, I go. A mountain to climb in my head, but I made it to the top.

I’ve found that for me, making regular commitments to self-care (and not calling them that!) works best.

They start to become so familiar that the internal battle fades away. Instead of consciously being my self-care time, it is just what I do. It's in my diary, and I schedule life around it.

I’m also a big fan of the short pause  - a tiny island of self-care in the middle of a busy day. Not so much an island as a beautiful little sandbank waiting to cast my footprints.

What nurtures me? collage made at Story of Mum's Mamas' Retreat

But I find these random moments much harder to create than my regular commitments. The internal criticism comes back, and I have to really push myself into that moment, into the present.

My self-care pause is a latte in the park, a short walk to breathe in the sea, 10 minutes of stretching.

By telling myself that it will help me to 'do' better afterwards, I consciously allow myself to move away from my computer and all the mess I see around me, and step out into the world. 

These pauses may last no more than 10 minutes but whenever I let myself take one, I am amazed at the impact. Afterwards, I am more productive, more engaged, more joyful.

And at the end of the day, these islands of time are amongst the moments I most remember. As I drift off to sleep answering the question ‘where did your eyes linger today?’, these brief moments come to mind and remind me that I matter too.

Sometimes I let myself visit a larger island of self-care too - like feeding myself a delicious healthy meal (and truly tasting it), putting away my computer and watching a movie instead of working in the evening, and of course, getting creative whenever I can.

Story of Mum is my cast-iron excuse for spending time coming up with eccentric creative stuff to do and then testing it all, (which tricks those inner voices rather brilliantly into thinking it is work…!)

Our monthly activities and #somum Make Dates are little islands of creative self-care for me.

And rather wonderfully, getting creative is a self-care activity I can also do with my kids.

I love getting them both up at the table alongside me making stuff, painting, collaging, while I create something of my own.

Story of Mum Mamas' Retreat

There is pleasure in creating together. Plus, the self-critical voices quieten down because I'm being a good mum at the same time...

What is self-care to you?

We all have different ways of nurturing ourselves. When you're out of practice (and most of us mums are...) often the hardest thing can be knowing what it is that you need in the first place.

So we started our recent Mamas’ Retreat by collaging in answer to the question ‘what nurtures you?’.

This simple collage prompted some fascinating discussions and insights amongst the mamas.

You can see several of the collages here. Every one was completely different, but each offered a rare window into the different ways we can each nurture ourselves, if only we could reach that precious island.

Where can you start, right now, today?

If the very concept of making time for yourself is blowing your mind, and you're wondering how on earth you would even start, try this. Just start by taking 20 minutes of creative time for you. Join us in making a 'what nurtures you?' collage.

Don’t think too hard, just grab a couple of magazines and quickly choose the pictures or words that jump out at you, there doesn't need to be a clear explanation for any of them. Don't judge what you make - it doesn't have to be beautiful or perfect, you don't have to show anyone. Just have a go.

(My collage is the one below – it took just 20 minutes, and I didn't think at all about the images, just went with my gut... and found it hugely useful).

What Nurtures You? collage at Story of Mum's Mamas' Retreat

When you’re done, take a moment to step back and look at what you’ve made. How was the experience of making it? What do you see there? Are there any patterns? Anything that surprises you? What truly nurtures you?

DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit

And most importantly, what could you do in just 20 minutes a week to start to provide more of that time for self-nurturing in your life too?

Create that first tiny island for yourself. Because you need that space mama.

We'd love to hear how it goes. Tell us what nurtures YOU below.

This post is part of our Mama Self-Care Blogging Carnival celebrating the launch of our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit - find out more and read other posts from inspiring mamas that encourage you to take time out for YOU here.

Mamas deserve high scores for...

We had another funny, honest and insightful #somum Make Date last night, celebrating the official launch of our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit, co-hosted by the lovely Kate on Thin Ice.

Mum Trumps - at #somum Make Date - from Story of Mums' DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit

To start us off, I'm sharing a storify of our monthly living breathing example of Mama Self-Care: mums taking time out for ourselves, to get creative, to explore who we are, and to connect with other mums at our #somum Make Date on twitter, open to all.

The storify below doesn't capture everything we talked about, but it should give you a taste - and hopefully inspire you to take a little time out for yourself too.

Amongst many many other things, mamas deserve high scores for... getting out of the house, cleaning up puke (and worse...), surviving without sleep, creating imaginary worlds, balancing children in improbable places while multi-tasking, working miracles, gaining PHDs in distraction techniques... and for making time for ourselves.

We'd be especially excited if you'd like to join us in making your very own Mum Trump card celebrating your own special skills, mama battle techniques, impressive agility, mama IQ and arch-nemesis, we'd love that! Join in any time this month over here.

If you're looking for a very special Mothers' Day gift for yourself, your friends or your own mama, we'd love to share our new DIY Mamas' Retreat Kits with you:

Story of Mum: DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit

It's a fabulous way to support yourself, your mama friends, Story of Mum, the Museum of Motherhood and Womankind Worldwide in one fell self-care swoop!

Plus, it features these fabulous Mum Trumps as its bonus activity, what more could you want...

Check our Mama Self-Care Carnival page for some inspiring posts reminding you to take time out for you every day this month.


Join us on Weds 12 March for our #somum Make Date

We're celebrating the launch of our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kits with a Mum Trump themed #somum Make Date from 8.30 -10pm, followed by a Mama Self-Care blogging carnival reminding mamas to make time to look after ourselves...

Join our #somum Make Date: make Mum Trumps cards & win a DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit

Because we want you to make time for you, mama!

What's happening on twitter when?

We'll kick off all the fun at our next #somum Make Date on Wednesday 12 March from 8.30 - 10pm UK time (find what time that is for you, wherever you are, here).

Lovely Kate of Kate on Thin Ice will be co-hosting, and we'll be doodling Mum Trumps cards and talking about the special mama skills we could celebrate together...

We'll be using both #somum and #groovymums hashtags to find each other. We'll ask you some questions to get you thinking. Then we'll all doodle a card of our own to share, just like one of these here.

You could win a copy of our beautiful Kit too (featuring fabulous Mum Trump printables amongst many other delights!), designed by the very talented Sam Osborne.

Join our #somum Make Date and win a DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit

If you've already bought one, thank you! (And we'll refund you if you win).

How do I enter the competition?

All you have to do is add #somum to your tweets between 8.30 and 10pm UK time on Wednesday to enter the competition, and we'll use Twitterdraw to choose a random tweeter at the end of the Make Date.

So let's get together on twitter to make time for ourselves, to get creative, and to chat.

We'd love you to join us.

How do I join you?

Just jump on twitter at 8.30pm, add #somum  and #groovymums to your tweets so we can see you, and search for #somum to find us.

And if you're wondering what on earth a #somum Make Date is, you can find out more here.

what's the Mama Self-Care Blogging Carnival

For the rest of the month from 12 to 31 March, we'll be sharing links to some fabulous posts about self-care for mums, from bloggers all over the world: a 'Mama Self-Care Carnival'! Find out more here.

Because we all need reminding.

To nurture your children, you first have to nurture yourself.

Making time for YOU is vital, mama.

So start by coming to play with us on Wednesday...

Mamas need a little bit of love

This month, we got together on twitter at our #somum Make Date to write love letters to ourselves. It was one of our hardest challenges ever.

Mamas writing love letters to ourselves - this one's from Made By Dolly

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."  Thich Nhat Hanh

Why do we find it so hard to say nice things about ourselves, especially publicly?

We can say kind things about other people, we can love our children with all our hearts... but loving ourselves? Is so much harder.

Which is why this month's activity is such an important one. If you haven't tried it yet, have a go.

You can find some ideas of how to get started under 'read more' on the gallery page - or read through the storify below for some questions to get you thinking about how you might be able to try doing this.

love letter in the post

I sent mine to myself the day before Valentines Day and it was wonderful to receive it amongst the horrible bills and scary tax letters!

Somehow opening up a stamp-smudged letter, and reading it with a little bit of distance, made it feel more true.

Thanks so much to all the brave mamas who joined in, even when it was really hard. They shared their letters below in the hope that they will inspire you to write one to yourself too. Join in here!

"Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it." Thaddeus Golas

Of course, you deserve more than a love letter - you deserve a space on our blissful Mamas' Retreat - there are just two spaces left!



Making sweet #somum love together...!

It's that time of the month again! Join us on Weds 12th Feb from 8.30 - 10pm for our #somum Make Date (world times here) to get self-loved up in time for Valentines Day, and have a go at spreading kind words together...

Join our #somum Make Date on twitter to write love letters to ourselves together

When this month's task popped into my head, I pushed it straight out again. Writing a love letter to myself? Frankly, a bit too scary.

Because I find it easier to walk over my heart on the pavement without noticing...

So... I sat with that feeling for a bit, and I realised that probably meant I needed to do it. And that other mums might find it helpful too. 

Loving our children lies at the heart of our mothering.

And to truly love others, we need to love ourselves first.

So let's write a love letter to ourselves. Because you, and I, are lovely.

Lovely made by Colleen Attara, who, naturally, s also lovelyIf you're very lucky you might even win this gorgeous 'lovely' made from recycled plastic by the very loveable Colleen Attara.

We'll draw a random winner from everyone who uploads a photo of their love letter here this month (you don't have to share any of the words you write, unless you want to).

We have lots of suggestions of how to get started here. But even better, join us on Wednesday and we'll write one together. Got to be easier in a crowd, right?

AND if we post it to ourselves on the 13th, we'll actually get a real-life love letter in the post on Valentines Day. I've never had one of those, and I am very very excited about it...!

Pop over here to find out more about what our #somum Make Dates are all about.

P.S. If you're in need of some full-fat self-care, don't forget our Mamas' Retreat is happening later this month! We have just two slots left at a stunning venue in Cornwall, so jump in now

Competition rules:

  • Duplicate accounts, automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified
  • Winners will be chosen at random from all those uploading a photo that fits the brief described here to this webpage between 12pm BST on 1 February 2014 and midnight BST on 28 February 2013. Please note that you need to join the story of mum community in order to upload a picture or story.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition will run from 12pm BST on 1 February 2014 and midnight BST on 28 February 2013 in Great Britain.
  • Story of mum is compliant with the data protection act. While we will share the twitter names of winners and links with great excitement, we will not pass on any other details to any third party without your prior consent.
  • If you don't want to enter the draw, that's absolutely fine. You can still take part in either activity, just contact us to let us know you don't want to be entered in the competition.

Guk Guk Guk

Lori Landau performs the communal mums' poem at the Museum of MotherhoodThe lovely Lori Landau brought her own unique take to curating our communal mums' poem at the Museum of Motherhood for our exhibition in New York last year, and I've only just managed to edit the video! 

Lori curated our mums poem as part of our wonderful Make Date with Suzi Banks Baum and Joy Rose - you can read all about that here.

Lori drew together words submitted by mums online and more gathered at the event to create a new communal poem, and encouraged the audience to create their own.

See how she brought us all together and created something beautiful, reminding us of the importance of birthing ourselves before we birth our children, and the value of poetry as a way to discover what truly matters. Even if that is guk.

Settle back and get a taste of our wonderful evening in New York - what a pleasure it was to meet Lori, Suzi, Joy and so many other wonderful visitors.



You can find the other wonderful versions of the Mums' Poem here:

Hollie McNish

Sally Crabtree

Caroline Davies

Working Mama, Happy Kids: a new workshop

We're excited to announce our next big adventure: Working Mama, Happy Kids.

Building on the success of our Penzance exhibition workshops, we're partnering with B-New and Child and Community Psychologist Dr Emily Jane to answer some big questions that came up...

We're starting in Cornwall, but we'll be going online soon to help working mamas wherever you are.

Working Mama, Happy Kids - A workshop to beat working mama guilt

Working Mama, Happy Kids 

A 2-hour workshop to bust working mama guilt - giving you simple tools to build your confidence, deepen your connection with your kids, and reclaim ‘good enough’.

Wednesday 19 March, 7.30 – 9.30, The Exchange, Penzance

When the school play clashes with a vital meeting, when you miss the call that says they need you? When there aren’t enough hours in the day to be everything you need to be, and you feel a failure at work and mothering? We’ve all been there.

But it doesn’t have to feel like that. Not at all.

What if you knew you were giving your children the self-belief, resilience and love that they need? If you felt able to go to work confident that you were also deeply connected with your secure and happy children?

Join Story of Mum, B-New, and Child and Community Psychologist Dr Emily Jane of Useful Psychology at The Exchange to bust through working-mama guilt with some reassuring evidence. Replace “overstretched and inadequate” with “informed and confident”, and take away easy-to-use tools that answer vital questions:

- How can I best use my time in ways that nurture a happy and confident child?

- How can I tell when I’m connecting effectively with my children?

- How can I release the guilt, and focus on my strengths as a confident ‘good enough’ mama?

Join us and other working mamas for a fun, useful and reassuring workshop. We’ll even play a bit of Bad Mummy Bingo… 

This is a small group workshop with a limited number of tickets available. The normal charge for this workshop would be £10. However, as it's our first go, we're charging £5 and would welcome your feedback and a testimonial (if you find it useful!). To book, contact [email protected]

Tickets: £5

Venue: The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL


Dr Emily Jane of Useful Psychology is a chartered psychologist who specialises in supporting children and teenagers. She has worked in the youth and community sector and in schools with educational psychology services. She loves helping families to rediscover playfulness and joy, and has two little beauties of her own, aged 3 and 1. 

Story of Mum is a community of supportive mamas doing creative stuff to celebrate the ups and downs of motherhood. Share your everyday story at www.storyofmum.com

B-New is a cross-channel network to support business-women  in the UK and France.  

We are very grateful to The Exchange for their continuing support. 


While this particular session is aimed at working mamas or soon-to-be working mamas, we'll be expanding the content to all mamas soon, and taking it online. We all work as mothers. And every mama matters.  

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(PS the photo above was taken by Ian Kingsnorth - it's me and my then 3 month old daughter at the launch of Story of Mum...!)

Team Honk, Mamas' Retreats, and Story of Mum in the news!

Thanks to the inspirational Team Honk, and Story of Mum's mama-loving retreat mission, we made it into the local press FOUR times in TWO weeks - that's definitely a record for us!

Story of Mum Team Honk in the Cornishman

It was all in a very good cause, as we launched the Team Honk Relay last weekend, travelling from Lands End to Truro.

From Truro, we passed the baton on to take its long old journey to John O'Groats - you can follow its progress on twitter (a quick search for #teamhonkrelay will find you all the updates you need...) or on the Team Honk facebook page.


I think our home-made sign even made it quite far up the line, which is amazing! I wasn't expecting it to last past Cornwall, if that. Last I saw it, it was wet and bendy with lovely Chelsea Mamma.

The joy of being part of a Cornwall team that raised over £500 for Sport Relief (we met our target!!) is almost enough to help me get over the shame of the exact position I am assuming in full frontal local news above. (Be grateful it's a small photo, I am...!)

First up, we were featured in the West Briton encouraging families to come along (it seemed to work), and online for the Cornishman (with a very nice photo from Pat Kelman, thanks Pat - also featured below).

Then came the offending photo above and the very lovely piece below about our Mamas' Retreats. Join us in a magical location in February, there are just 2 places left, but we would LOVE to see you there! You can find out more here

Story of Mum Mamas' Retreats in the Cornishman

Read the post online here.

Team Honk Cornwall in the news


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