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THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • MOTHERHOOD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MY FIRSTBORN HAS LEFT HOME. WHAT NOW?

    Recently I've heard parents talk about the grief they're feeling as their children leave home for the first time. And it's often completely unexpected. This empty nest syndrome, that Caroline Hanson so eloquently explores in her list, is something she always knew was coming, and is exactly as it should be, yet the pain and emptiness she has felt has left her bereft…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING, LOVE & MARRIAGE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    WHY I TALK ABOUT SEX ONLINE

    When I think back to our sex education lessons at school, they don't half make me shudder. Although times have changed over the 25 years since then, they've still not progressed as much as they should have done. And it's why people such as Debbie are on a mission to educate, support and empower us all.…

  • BODY IMAGE, BY CLEMMIE TELFORD, EMOTIONAL, INSPIRING, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHER OF ALL LISTS, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MOAL X BUT WHY?

    As you have more than likely heard by now, I published my first book last week!! It's called BUT WHY: How to Answer tricky questions from kids and have an honest conversation with yourself. The source of the answers for BUT WHY? came from all over - the podcast, interviews with experts, conversations on Instagram but also from here on Mother of All Lists. All of the lists have taught me something, but a couple were so significant that I felt honoured to be able to include them in the final edit of the book…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH IN MY BATHROOM

    After the birth of my first baby, I felt completely traumatised and couldn't get the horror out of my head. So when Emily Neumann emailed about suffering birth trauma, I could absolutely identify with those feelings of utter terror, anxiety and aloneness. Emily's waters broke early and everything happened so quickly, she ended up giving birth on her toilet at home. What she went through was incredibly traumatic, and the flashbacks she's had have been unbearable…

  • EMOTIONAL, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    I LEFT MY ABUSIVE HUSBAND

    This powerful list was written after the writer's abusive relationship ended but those chest-tightening feelings of anxiety are still ever-present. The unrelenting fear she lived with for years isn't far below the surface and she still crumbles even in the gentlest breeze, and yet her strength shines through. Thank you so much for sharing your important story...…

  • EMOTIONAL, LOVE & MARRIAGE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MY HUSBAND IS A RECOVERING GAMBLER

    Each year, hundreds of people take their own lives because of a gambling addiction. That's a shocking statistic. When I think of addiction, my mind usually goes straight to wondering what life must be like for the person directly affected, but I don't always think about their loved ones. And actually, their lives are turned completely upside down as well. As this anonymous writer shares, all trust was lost in her relationship, and she had no idea how what to do or how she would cope... …