REVIEW – Seeing London With London Duck Tours!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love London. I moved down here ten years ago now and I still love the place! I also love that we are raising our daughter here.

When we were contacted by London Duck tours to ask if we would like to review one of their tours of London, I jumped at the chance. We also had some friends visiting from the USA and knew that this would be a great way to get a whistle-stop tour of the sights and sounds of my favourite city.

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Mind Your Own Uterus

It seems since even before Eden was born, people only have one question on their minds – “Are you going to have another?” Even before Eden entered the world, people were asking us this. Lately, it’s happening all the time. I don’t know whether it’s because she is almost 18 months old and a lot of only children become siblings around then, but right now almost every person I meet wants to know the status of my uterus…

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Why Can’t We Talk About It?

If one in four people have a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime, it should be something we can openly talk about without fear or ridicule, yes?

1 in 4 means approx 25 in 100, 250 in 1000 and so on. It means most families or workplaces will have someone who has suffered or is suffering with some degree of mental illness. It means in the UK, there are approximately 16.28 million people with a mental health issue, and 2.17 million in London.

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When Mental Health Is A Barrier…

You know when you have those things that stop you in your tracks when they shouldn’t? The things that you don’t expect to be an issue that suddenly become one. Well, my mental health appears to have become one of those things!

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There Are No Medals For Birth… 

In this day and age, it seems many people are fixed on the idea of “natural” birth. No pain relief, calm, lovely, magical birth. As natural as the Earth around us and just like we used to do in the “old days”. It seems to be considered “superior”. I saw an article recently about the amount of women who develop birth trauma because they didn’t get to follow their birth plan.

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Just You Wait…

People just love to say “just you wait…” don’t they? Doesn’t matter what the conversation, if it’s to do with children there is always a “just you wait…”

Sometimes it’s like being with sodding Eliza Dolittle!

“She throws all her food on the floor!” “Just you wait (Henry Higgins) ’til she’s three!”

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Quit Being Judgey McJudgerson

You know how it is. As parents – as humans really – we get judged. Quite often we get judged on absolutely everything and there’s a certain amount of percieved jusdement as well – times where people maybe aren’t judging but you definitely feel like they are. Like when the toddler throws a fit and lays on the supermarket floor or won’t budge off the slide in the park even though there’s a rapidly growing queue of small people wanting to play on said slide. Or when you drop something, mutter “shit” under your breath and your child spends the next ten minutes singing “shit shit shit shiiiit” at the top of their lungs, despite your very best Mary Poppins-esque “we don’t say that darling…” No one says anything, but we all know they’re judging.

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