The true facts about breastfeeding l www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Breastfeeding: What they don’t tell you

Breastfeeding is such a controversial topic. You will only just have announced your pregnancy and everyone will already be interested in whether you’re going breast or bottle. Never has it been so acceptable to be this interested in a woman’s mammary glands!

I know many women (in the UK) who were given the impression that breastfeeding should be such a natural, automatic, easy act that they felt such a failure when it didn’t work for them.… Read more

Raising feisty females l www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Raising feisty females

I’m a feisty female. Born of a feisty female. Who in turn was born of a feisty female. But we live in a day and age where feminism has become a dirty word, and many feminists deny being one. Girls are called bossy and it’s seen as being bad. Being ambitious has negative connotations and we talk about “having balls” as being a good, but men-only, thing.… Read more

What's your beauty legacy? l Mum and daughter l www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

What’s your beauty legacy?

As a mum to a nearly 8 year old daughter (and a nearly 2 year old daughter) I’m very conscious that my words and actions are absorbed and remembered, so I try to be very careful when it comes to self-esteem, self-confidence, body and beauty matters.

About 18 months ago, my (then 6 year old) daughter came out with “you have to be skinny to be pretty” which really scared me, as we don’t talk about weight or dieting at home, so this has come from peers and the media.… Read more

Toddler playing with Barbies l Why it's good to ignore your kids l www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Why it’s good to ignore your kids

I don’t know why or when it happened but there’s been a massive shift in parenting styles over the last 30 odd years. Growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s I clearly recall my friends and I being left to our own devices by our parents. Don’t get me wrong, our parents were present but they weren’t constantly hovering over us.… Read more

Quiz: Are you an English woman or a French woman? www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings

Quiz: Are you an English woman or a French woman?

I had the idea for this quiz in a dream and I thought it would be quite funny, so take my tongue in cheek quiz to find out if you are actually an English woman or a French woman…..

At the end of an evening out with the girls you are:

a) crying or being sick
b) dancing on the tables and singing drunkenly with your friends
c) telling your friend about the new coat you bought in Galeries Lafayette

Your ideal man:

a) doesn’t wee in the bed when he’s drunk
b) brings you wine while you’re watching Downton Abbey
c) is faithful

You wax/shave your body hair:

a) just before going on your summer holiday
b) once a week (ish)
c) as soon as you spot any regrowth

The amount of alcohol you consume weekly:

a) doesn’t bear thinking about
b) is a glass or two of wine a day plus several bottles of wine and/or cocktails at the weekend
c) is at the most an aperitif or a glass of wine when invited to a friend’s for dinner

Your perfect weekend is:

a) Friday post-work drinks that last all evening, a full English breakfast, a pub lunch that lasts all afternoon, a drunken night out and a lazy day in bed, eating your body weight in junk food
b) a mix of time with your other half, time with your kids and time with friends, with wine thrown in liberally for good measure
c) dinner at a chic new restaurant, with you looking very glam (though not eating much), shopping, then dinner at a friend’s where you consume one glass of wine all night, a run and yoga to even out the excesses of the weekend

Quiz: Are you an English woman or a French woman? www.FranglaiseMummy.com l French and English Parenting and Lifestyle Ramblings
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Suitable attire for a night at home with Hubs is:

a) a onesie and un-matching socks
b) jeans, a t-shirt and slippers
c) the same put-together outfit that you wear outside of the home

You know you need to lose weight when:

a) why would you want to do that?… Read more

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