Category: "Mothers"

  • Sharing some family stories at Mother's Day

    Mother's Day was last Sunday and we have asked Mother and Daughter Kathy and Meg to give a little insight of some of their motherhood experiences, memories and stories, A little about our guests….. Daughter's Name: Meg Birleson Age: 35 How many children: 3 Location: Wiltshire, UK Mother's Name: Kathy Keltner Age: 66 How many children: 2 Location: Tennessee You both live hundreds of miles apart with the Atlantic between you. I imagine this makes sharing your...

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  • The Story Behind Mothering Sunday and Mother's Day

    We were investigating where Mothering Sunday evolved from and we have found some interesting facts and stories … have you heard any others? During the 16th century, people in the UK used to return on the 4th Sunday in Lent for a service to their ‘mother church’ - the main church or cathedral of the area. This was either the church where you were baptised, or the local parish church or more often the nearest cathedral. Anyone...

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  • How 16 messages for a child as she grows can help you live a better life

    While we can complete journals for our children’s journey to date, what can we leave our children for their future should we suddenly depart? Helen Stephens ponders… For those who watch the BBC series “Call the Midwife” I couldn’t help to be moved by the last episode of the latest series, which saw Sister Evangelina pass away peacefully. However, it wasn’t just this scene that resonated with me, it was also the voice of Vanessa Redgrave...

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  • 6 reasons why mother was right about teenage skinny dipping

    Research* shows that teenagers’ happiness (girls’ in particular) plummets as they reach the teenage years. So, what advice would you offer your teenage self to get through those rollercoaster years? Kerri Littlefield has a go…. As my daughter reached 13 I started to see more of myself in her. The good bits, the bad bits. I also started to remember how tough it is to be a teenager and how the old saying of school days...

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  • How to make someone else's life better

    What is a business? According to Richard Branson, the answer is simple. It’s “an idea that makes someone else’s life better”. Every week we receive emails and social media posts from customers who say from you to me journals have made their life better. Over the next week, in the lead up to the #pitchtorich voting deadline, we will be sharing some lovely touching stories. Here’s Sally’s story. Sally and her partner are a same-sex couple...

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  • Where have all those Stories & Photos gone?

    Joan Coxon 19th June 1926 - 14th December 2014 It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that I recently lost my Mum who passed away just before Christmas. She was 88 - not a bad age and not a bad life she had lead, but still too soon for her and the family who remain. Sorting her belongings afterwards was a difficult job. Things that were such a integral part of her life...

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  • Christmas from a child's eyes

    As the excitement of Christmas bubbles under the surface, we chatted with Evie 12, Megan 11, and Charlie and Jimmy 6, about what makes the festive season such fun. • What’s the best thing about Christmas? "The feeling of waking in the morning – that Christmas spirit. Seeing my family so happy when they open their presents – you feel like you’ve done a good job and got them something lovely." "Preparing the mince pies for...

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  • 'Remembering Ordinary, Extraordinary Women' this Mother's Day

    Dr Sam Collins is one of the 'Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry' by Her Majesty the Queen. CEO and founder of AspireWomen.co.uk, Sam tells us about her work to celebrate 'Ordinary, Extraordinary Women'.I’ve always found Mother's Day to be a tough day. I lost my mum to suicide when I was 21 and in my final year of university. Now, 21 years later, I still dread the celebrations and happy mother and daughter dinners, cards and...

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  • A bitter sweet Mother's Day

    Our guest blogger Morgana, the face behind the very popular family life and style blog, ButWhyMummyWhy.com, explains why her wonderful Mother's Day celebrations can be tinged with sadness... Mother’s Day can be a bitter sweet time for me. After losing my mum when my eldest daughter was just a few months old I’ve found it can be a difficult day to process. I want to celebrate being a mummy to my two gorgeous girls but, at...

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  • Waving goodbye

    It’s a sure sign that my daughter is growing up when I’m waving her goodbye as her coach departs for her school residential. She’s smiling, laughing and waving excitedly and, waving back with a cheery smile, I’m actually very near to tears. I couldn’t be more excited for her. Her week will be packed with independence, fun and adventure. Mine will be filled with worry about whether she has enough warm clothes, will the food be...

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