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Taking ‘Time To Read’ With Little Miss H And The BookTrust

A photograph of a mother reading the Time To Read book Little Monkey to her daughter in bed - Taking Time To Read With Little Miss H And The BookTrust - Mrs H's favourite things

Reading is a big part of life in our house. Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with novels thanks to the Bookish Mamas book club which I run online with two other bloggers (Jess and Naomi). We’re also helping Little Miss H with her school reading (which is really coming on). And bedtime involves reading at least two stories to Little Miss H and at least another two to Little Mister H (their book preferences are quite different and we haven’t…

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Blogging & Vlogging Mental Health

Am I Inspiring?

A photograph of a woman sitting on a bed and reading a book - Am I inspiring? A Post About Being A Finalist In The Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards - #BiBs2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

“You’re so inspiring.” These are words that I often hear because of my blog. Normally after I’ve written a post about being a mother with mental ill-health or surviving baby loss. Yet, inspiring is not a word I would apply to myself. I didn’t enter the world of blogging with the intention to inspire. Instead, I became a blogger for selfish reasons. Am I Inspiring? I started blogging back in 2012. I’d been signed off work for three and a…

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Mental Health

My Depression And Anxiety Relapse

A photograph of a mother hand-in-hand with her daughter running a long Dymchurch Beach - How It Feels To Have A Depression And Anxiety Relapse - Mrs H's favourite things

Trigger Warning: If you suffer from depression or anxiety then you may find this post, about my current depression and anxiety relapse, triggering. “I am not a stranger to the dark Hide away, they say ‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars Run away, they say No one’ll love you as you are But I won’t let them break me down to dust I know that there’s a place for us…

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Mental Health

My First Emotions: The Parent’s Guide

A photograph of a mother and her toddler son enjoying the activities from Skylark Learning's My First Emotions Box - My First Emotions - The Parent's Guide - Mrs H's favourite things

Mr H, being a communicator by trade, is always reading books about human behaviour. He recently read out this sentence to me from a book by Jonathan Haidt called The Righteous Mind (the fun we have in our house!): “We are deeply intuitive creatures whose gut feelings drive our strategic reasoning.” It really connected with me because, as someone who has struggled with my mental health all my life, I know how true this is. On any day, my feelings…

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Mental Health

The Importance Of Validating Your Children’s Emotions

A photograph of a mother and her son - the mum is reading a copy of the Love book from My First Emotions Box by Skylark Learning - The Importance Of Validating Your Children's Emotions - Mrs H's favourite things

  Tonight we had chicken stir fry for dinner. Mr H had spent 20 minutes cooking a lovely meal that we could all enjoy as a family. And it was a yummy dinner. Mr H and I ate the whole thing. However, Little Mister H was not happy about his dinner. He clearly wanted fish fingers and chips or jacket potato with cheese and beans. So he became angry and ended up throwing some of his food at me. He’s a…

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Mental Health

Living With Depression: A Nervous Breakdown & A Diagnosis

A photograph of a woman with brown hair, wearing a stripey t-shirt and bright red lipstick - Living With Depression: Having A Nervous Breakdown & Being Given A Diagnosis - Mrs H's favourite things

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a week that is hugely important, as we still have such a long way to go before we’ve broken the stigma that surrounds mental ill health. Last year, I wrote a post for Mental Health Awareness Week claiming that I was going to start sharing my story of living with depression, beginning with my nervous breakdown and diagnosis. Yet, these posts never materialised. Writing your own tale of living with depression is…

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Mental Health

Top 10 Self-Care Techniques – A Collaboration With Mummy In Training

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This week is Maternal Mental Health Matters Week. It’s a week dedicated to raising awareness of maternal mental health and supporting women and families affected by perinatal mental ill-health. As part of Maternal Mental Health Matters Week I’m joining forces with one of my best blogging buddies, Rachel from Mummy in Training, to bring you our top ten self-care techniques. Rachel and I will each be sharing our five favourite self-care techniques. So you’ll only be able to get the…

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Mental Health Motherhood

My First Impressions Of My First Emotions

A photograph of the contents of Skylark Learning's My First Emotions Box - My First Impressions Of My First Emotions Box - Mrs H's favourite things

I recently wrote a post about why I’m passionate about our children developing emotional intelligence. I believe it’s crucial for them to understand their emotions and know how to deal with them correctly. To help us on this journey to developing Little Mister H and Little Miss H’s emotional intelligence I will be working with Skylark Learning. And we will be using their My First Emotions Box to help Little Miss and Little Mister become emotionally intelligent. As part of…

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