As a pair of working mothers, we Lolly Ladies are always trying to find the balance between our families and and our business. This article from The Pool (Working mothers make great mums) is a great cheer-leading piece for working mothers and the example they set for their kids. It also states very clearly that its not right for every parent, or every child. Whatever choices we make as parents, as mothers, there will always be guilt, and there will always be benefits.
Published on Jump Parents, Being a Non-Resident Mother - Lyndsey's Story, is the first part of three exploring one mum's journey after a divorce, having lost custody of her daughters to her ex-husband. It is heartbreaking and brave and brilliant, and I urge you to read it.
On a lighter note, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Clemmie Telford, aka @Peckham_Mama, and the writer of the blog 'Mother of All Lists'. I can tell you, she rocks! Funny, smart, and an excellent wearer of dungarees, she's my kinda mama. I don't think anyone with small kids can read her list Does Everyone Argue About This Stuff and not find something familiar!
Need I say more? From Huffington Post, it's a handy guide to the 11 types of mum you meet at baby groups. (Oh dear, I may be The Blogger One...)
I was a massive fan of the positive #LikeaGirl campaign by Always, so I was greatly cheered to see it had been recognised at the Cannes Advertising festival. Campaigns that get prizes tend to inspire more work of a similar ilk. This article from The Drum explains why We need more ad makers that think #LikeAGirl. "A single ad can’t change the world, but advertising is aspirational and it is within our power to use this as a force for positive change."
I seem to find myself reading a lot about autism recently, which is brilliant. I genuinely feel that the more parents talk about their children's experiences and needs, and the more press it gets, the easier it is for others to know what can helpful and what situations could be simply too difficult. A case in point, this incredibly thoughtful birthday invitation for an autistic child who had always found parties too overwhelming.
Ever feel like you have to referee between your kids? In her article 8 Things My Toddlers Argue About, Emily-Jane Clark shares the joy of sibling rivalry between her daughters. "NO, I AM QUEEN ELSA..."
It's all busy busy in the virtual shop: We have a new brand of baby swaddles, Modern Burlap, the first AW15 drop from Molo, our Sale is on, and we have news about imminent arrivals from Noé & Zoë and Bobo Choses. Oh and our Littlest Lolly, Esme, drew a Giraffe.