Gender disappointment: when you have same sex children

Gender disappointment: when you have same sex children

I hadn’t realised that gender disappointment or gender preferences existed until I announced I was pregnant with Léna, our eldest. Almost immediately people asked me whether we wanted a boy or a girl. This question about our unborn baby’s gender really shocked me. We don’t live in a country, age or society where one gender is more important than the other, so why the big deal?… Read more

What if I make the wrong decision? www.FranglaiseMummy.com l Decision-making and facing your fears

What if I make the wrong decision?

One of the biggest reasons that people get stuck in the decision-making process is due to the crippling fear of making the wrong decision. If this is the case for you, let me tell you one of my decision-making stories…

10 years ago, I was 30 years old. I had just moved into my forever home – a house we’d had built, and that I’d seen transform from architect’s plans and an empty field into the home of my dreams: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge fireplace, a kitchen we’d designed down to the last cm, a lovely garden with a mountain view, a swimming pool in the garden.… Read more

How to make new friends: www.FranglaiseMummy.com l Decision-making and facing your fears

How to make new friends

How to make new friends can be a tough one. Feeling lonely is a horrible sensation and one that can get the most upbeat of people down. I speak from experience, having moved to a new town 8 times in my life, and to a new country 3 times. I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to make new friends.… Read more

If I should die now, know this: www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

If I should die now, know this

If I should die now might give the impression that this blog post is going to be pretty morbid, but it’s not going to be about death, but rather about life.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Maybe it’s something to do with turning 40 recently that’s making me take a step back and look at life in general, and my life in particular.… Read more

Miscarriage and opening up in the first trimester: www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Miscarriage and opening up in the first trimester

In 2005 I had a miscarriage and only a dozen people knew about it. I felt embarrassed. Ashamed. Guilty. Responsible. It took me a long time to get over those feelings. Then as I got older, had a pregnancy that went to term and then another one, I made friends with fellow mums and I realised just how common it is.… Read more

Mean mummy or good mummy? www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Mean mummy or good mummy?

Are you a mean mummy or a good mummy? Léna, our 9 year old daughter, is constantly telling me I’m a mean mummy.

I’m a mean mummy because I don’t give her a packet of biscuits when I collect her from school (she gets a piece of fruit and a cereal bar / crackers).… Read more

Turning 40: www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Turning 40

A couple of weeks ago I turned 40, hit the big 4-0, whatever you want to call it, and it would seem that this birthday affects people in different ways, so I thought I’d blog about its effects on people and what it means to me. As I have no shame I’m also going to share photos of me around each decade throughout the blog post too…

I have friends who have had utter meltdowns at the approach of their 40th birthday and who have actively had therapy to help them through it.… Read more