Choo choo! All aboard the blog train!

Hello Owls Well readers!

18296990_10155043212889845_121891817_oThe Mothers Make It Work blog train is starting up today, starting with a thoughtfully written post by Hai Fang from MalMal Our Inspiration!

Hai Fang is a stay-at-home mom to 2 boys aged 7 and 13. She believes in eating healthy but has a weakness for simple sugar. Cycling and running is her way of keeping sane and writing forces her to think coherently.

This is a wonderful post full of useful advice on how to retain your own sanity amidst the current pressures of high-intensity parenting, whilst teaching kids to remain centred and true to themselves.

Hop on over and check her out!

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Mothers Make It Work! – A Blog Train hosted by Owls Well

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Being a mother is very challenging, not just in raising children, but in meeting all the expectations that society has for us.

We are expected to raise angelic children, be loving and supportive wives, nurse our aging parents, hold on to successful careers, keep the house spic and span, cook instagram worthy meals and we have to look good whilst doing it. This can result in women feeling guilty or depressed that they don’t have it altogether perfect like everyone else.

Well, I say that nobody has it altogether perfect.

We’ve all worked hard and made sacrifices to get where we are, and we have also had to make compromises so that we can make it work. Sometimes, we try to balance things perfectly and somehow it backfires. Other times, it means arranging flexible working hours, or hiring a cleaner, or buying a car, or finding a childcare/parentcare arrangement that works. It could also mean re-organising our priorities or giving up on a long-cherished dream.

But in the end, one thing remains true – we are always trying to find the best way to make it work for us and our families.

In this blog train series, we’ll be visiting some of my favourite bloggers each week who will be sharing their mothering struggles and successes with us! I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

(Links on this page will be updated as each post goes live)

4 May

Hai Fang from MalMal Our Inspiration: Motherhood

11 May

Angie.S from Life’s Tiny MiraclesMothers Make It Work

18 May

Debs G from Owls Well: We’re Owl in it Together (Part 1)

25 May

Michelle from Mummy Wee: 5 Survival Tips of a Mum Boss

1 June

June Yong from Mama Wear Papa Shirt

8 June  

Candice from MissusTay

15 June

A Becky C from Owls Well

22 June

Dot from A Pancake Princess

29 June

6 July

Lyn Lee from Lil Blue Bottle

13 July

Elisa from Love Our Children Now 

20 July

Karen from Mum’s Calling

27 July

V from Life Is In The Small Things

3 Aug

Pamela from Tan Family Chronicles

Birth Stories: A Blog Train Hosted By Owls Well

11866474_10153411125380202_4867820037871610566_nEverybody has a different experience during those last few weeks of pregnancy and the during the birth process. For some, it involves carefully planning a C-section with a doctor beforehand, for others it involves inviting a birth coach into the labour ward to perform hypnotherapy, but in every case it is an exciting time for all, culminating in the first anxieties and joys of parenthood.

One thing that stands out to me is that no pregnancy or childbirth will ever follow a clinical textbook description nor even the dramatised versions of it on TV or in the movies. The experience of childbirth is unique to every parent and it’s interesting to see how people cope with the birthing process – especially when things do not go exactly as planned!

Each week on this blog train, we will be visiting some of my favourite bloggers-who-are-parents who will be telling us about their birth stories. I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

(Links on this page will be updated as each post goes live)

11 August

Owls WellHere Comes J (or, when to get that Epidural)

18 August

Simply Lambchops: The Birth of K (or, I did it without Epidural)

25 August

 Owls Well : Little E makes a big entrance (or, Labour – True or False?)

1 September

Bubsicles : Aidan’s birth, 3.5 years on

8 September

Life in the Wee Hours : David’s Birth Story told by Daddy

15 September

Tan Family Chronicles : The Birth of Isaac The First

16 September:

Tan Family Chronicles : The Birth Story of the Twins, Asher & Shawna

22 September

Mum in the Making : Thankful Tuesday:First Birth

29 September

Life Is In The Small Things : Noey’s Birth Story – Seven Years On

6 October

Mummy Wee : Birth Stories of My 6 Children

13 October

Mum’s Calling : The First Birth

20 October

Owls Well : Thumper pops in (or, Serving an eviction notice written in Raspberry Leaf Tea)

27 October

A Million Little Echos : Birth Stories By Daddy:Ewan and Faye

3 November

A Pancake Princess : David

10 November

Meeningfully : Jonas’ birth story – an overdue post

17 November

Sanses : Birth Story Revisited

24 November

Sengkang Babies : We Planned For 2 Kids but Ended Up With 4

8 December

Mummy Chuck : Jaden’s Birth Story 

15 December

The Chill Mom : 24 Things I Wish I Knew About Childbirth and Postpartum Recovery

22 December

The “Perfect” Father : Our (Last) Birth Story

29 December

PrayerFull Mum : Christmas Delivery

5 Jan 2016

Don’t Put All Your Diapers Into One Diaper Bag : The last time the oven bell dinged