They say it takes a village to raise a child.. The Mummy Clubs aim is to help mums feel less alone, because at the end of the day, we are all a part of the club.
My name's Christie, I'm a mum of two girls who have now reached the fantastic ages of 5 and 3.
I love my children but I must admit being a mum is quite difficult. Right from the beginning I felt way out of my depth. I had this tiny new living breathing responsibility and surely I was the only person in the world that didn’t know what to do with it…
I have struggled over the years with both Post Natal depression and anxiety and in the early days I feel these conditions fed on the fact that I felt so alone. It’s crazy really all of a sudden I had a constant companion who wanted to be with me every second of the day (and night) and yet for some reason I had never felt more alone. I had a loving partner and friends and family around me but I felt miles away from all of them. Post-natal depression had managed to convince me that I was completely failing at motherhood and terrified of anybody agreeing with this, I stopped having real conversations with people. Looking back now, if I had done rather than the judgement and disapproval I was expecting I’d have actually received the truth, which is ‘nobody else knows what they’re doing either.’ The real turning point for me was plain old honesty. Over the years it’s been great to see lots of mums on the internet honestly sharing their experiences and it now feels far less taboo to say ‘you know what, I’m finding it really hard to cherish every moment.’ Brave people like ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ and ‘Hurrah for Gin’ even helped me find my long lost sense of humour! It was such a great feeling to be able to laugh at some of the most (literally), hair-pulling moments rather than to feel ashamed and dwell on my ‘failures’. This lead me to realise I wasn’t on my own at all in fact I had become a part of a very special club..
I’ve never been the most out-going person, even before having children. I struggle with anxiety and would panic about certain social situations, so throwing into the mix having to carry around a ticking time-bomb who could poop or throw up at any moment, I found myself opting to spend most of my time at home. I found myself ordering a lot of things online and it would genuinely become the highlight of my day receiving post.
I guess it was because of all of the above that The Mummy Club was born. I realised it would’ve been quite nice to receive something that reminded me that I wasn't as alone as I felt, and that told me I was actually doing quite a good job. As well as stories from mums who just 'get it' and a few items that would guarantee to make me smile and help me take a little time out for me. The Mummy Club Boxes change month-to-month and are hand packed with items carefully selected to help make you smile alongside a book bringing you tales of honest parenting. They are available to buy as a rolling subscription or as a gift box, ideal for a baby shower or any mum who needs a reminder of how great they are.
If you like reading stories and experiences from fellow mums don’t forget to take a look at The Mummy Club Bloggers Showcase, which features a collection of blog posts on a whole range of topics from some fantastic mummy bloggers. It makes a perfect read for anybody having a rubbish or lonely day and is a great place to find new Mummy Bloggers.
I am the firmest believer of mums supporting mums and love to talk to and collaborate with fellow mums. I also believe the right support for maternal mental health to be crucial which is why £1 from every box sold is donated to PANDAS foundation.