Things You Should Never Say To A Working Mum

Things you should never say to a working mum

Editor’s note: This week we handed over the reins to Riyadh-based mummy blogger Ya Mama. As a working mother with four children, ranging in age from three-and-a-half to almost 13, she knows all about juggling career and family life. But while managing a tricky schedule can be tough work, according to this popular Saudi wordsmith, it’s actually the comments from others that really push her buttons. Here’s what she had to say…

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5 Ways To Help Baby To Talk

ways to help your baby talk

A baby’s first words have got to be up there with one of the most thrilling parts of parenthood. Typically, those really frontal sounds like the M, D and B are the first to pop out, and it no surprise that ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and ‘Baba’ are the headline act. However, while speech is a natural development, the process doesn’t just happen on its own. Studies have shown that babies are constantly learning from what you say and the way to help baby to talk has a lot to do with your input [1]. Of course, you might feel silly babbling away to someone who can’t respond, and it’s not always easy to come up with new ways to stimulate your baby’s speech development. To get the facts, we sat down with Sima Hall,  speech-language therapist at KidsFirst Medical Centre to get her top tips on how to get your baby talking.

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Breastfeeding Strike: 13 Survival Tips

Breastfeeding strike. Two words that will send a shiver down the spine of any nursing mother. I had my first taster when Baby Boo was just four months old and she abruptly refused the breast for four days straight. I felt devastated, rejected and powerless all at the same time and it was only made worse as I preserved and she fought off my attempts with all the determination of a picket line protester. Eventually she latched on again and I breathed a sigh of relief. This got me thinking about all those mamas out there going through a similar experience, so I sat down with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on what to do if your baby is refusing the breast.

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Breast-flixing: TV shows to watch while breastfeeding

Progammes to watching while breastfeeding

Netflix landed in the UAE earlier this year, which is great news for breastfeeding mamas who find themselves confined to the couch for extended periods. Of course, breastfeeding is a perfect time to bond with your little cherub, but as most babies feed eight to 12 times a day, for between 20 and 40 minutes at a time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gaze lovingly at your newborn, while also ‘breast-flixing’ (as it is now termed). So, to get you started here’s our pick of the best TV shows to watch while breastfeeding. Prepare to stream…

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Dads: These are the Mother’s Day gifts she really wants…

mothers day gifts she really wants

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, which means mums the world over can look forward to their annual delivery of macaroni necklaces and homemade cards. But what if your little ones aren’t quite old enough to make you Mother’s Day gifts? Dads, this is where you need to step in, but keep the flowers and chocolates on hold. As any new mum will tell you, raising a tiny human being is tough work, so if you really want to win points this Mother’s Day, ditch the usual Mother’s Day offerings, and instead take over the reins for a few hours and give the lady of the house a well-earned day off.

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