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The Early Hour  Online parenting & lifestyle magazine with articles published at 5am (for the night feeders and early risers). Edited & Instagrammed by Annie Ridout

http://theearlyhour.com/2017/05/22/baby-massage-importance-positive-touch-infants/

I'm not pregnant. 😂

Massage therapist Joanna Cooper (@homespalondon) extols the virtues of baby massage for both the mother (or father) and baby, discussing the ancient Indian ritualistic roots - and the scientific benefits... link in bio.
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#babymassage #massage #therapy #homespalondon #motherhood #maternityleave #theearlyhour

Being a mum-of-two and freelancing is sometimes the most amazing position to be in (all the love, beauty and happiness that comes with parenting, plus the fulfilment I get from working). But sometimes it's a bloody shit storm (literally and figuratively).
On Friday, I had the toddler in nursery, the baby napping and the laptop roaring. It was such a productive day that I thought to myself: life is sweet; who said mumming and working was hard? The next day I remembered that it was me - and most other mums - when I was desperate to plough through a to-do list and get ahead but naps were short and Jumparoo/Play-Doh distractions only lasted so long.
It's not just trying to juggle parenting and work - it's the rigmarole of each on their own, too. Sometimes work is fun; other times it's challenging and stressful. Like parenting. And you've gotta switch off and do something for yourself. Like go to the pub and drink two cocktails and a Prosecco - laugh, chat and forget about the hard stuff (for an hour or two).
But at one point this weekend, I actually thought I was on the verge of a mental breakdown and felt a bit worried. I talked myself back, chatted with others and worked out how to fix the cracks.
I'd love to know what you do when it all gets too much? How do you chill the F out and refocus?
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#mentalhealth #motherhood #parenting #freelancingwithkids #theearlyhour

Joni getting creative with @collageclubldn at the @ripostemagazine launch. "I want a BIG picture of a MAN, Mummy." Ok then. More in Stories.
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#collage #riposte #theearlyhour

She’s a Bristol-based chef, Guardian food columnist, author of @5oclockapron cookbook – based on her daily 5pm dinner recipe tweets – and co-creater of an immersive foodie theatre show. Here, mother-of-three Claire Thomson discusses her culinary life… link in bio.
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#food #foodie #mum #mother #motherhood #chef #yum #5oclockapron #theearlyhour

Living the monochrome, minimalist and clutter-free dream. #interiors #theearlyhour

Saturday morning's looking....... PINK. 💗LOVE 💗 this new (to me) vintage cutlery set. Ebay still has the occasional cheap gem. And blooming lovely peonies from sweet @sairlp. (Plus Joni's fingers, at her request). What's on for you this weekend: rest, work, play - or all three?
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#secondhand #vintage #ebay #cutlery #lifestyle #saturday #weekend #upearly #mornings #theearlyhour

@samlabs is a London-based startup that was created by a team of engineers from Imperial College London and designers from the Royal College of Art. It offers an engaging Internet of Things toolkit that empowers anyone to invent and build internet-connected gadgets, prototypes and products in seconds without any previous coding experience. We met the founder, Joachim Horn... link in bio.
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#coding #kids #children #kidsandtechnology #tech #techstartup #sciencemuseum #samlabs #theearlyhour

Love everything about the latest @ripostemagazine cover and looking forward to celebrating the launch of issue #8 on Sunday. Well done @daniellepender. And for any of you laydees not familiar with Riposte - it's a brilliant, intelligent, feminist 'smart magazine for women.' Get to know.
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#riposte #ripostemagazine #women #feminism #theearlyhour

"I have been surprised by how bloody hard parenthood is but how good it has turned out to be... The hard graft in the early stages was worth it, as I am now reaping the rewards and can take my foot off the pedal a bit." Mother and stepmother Jane Gordon on motherhood... link in bio.
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#thetruthaboutmotherhood #entrepreneur #mother #motherhood #mumpreneur #mum #mumboss #stepmum #stepmom #theearlyhour

"I had recently read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I thought the world was my oyster. Motherhood had given me drive and focus like never before. Unfortunately my boss didn't see it the same way." Juliet Forsyth on returning to work after maternity leave... link in bio.
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#teacher #maternityleave #maternitydiscrimination #leanin #sherylsandberg #motherhood #career #workingmum #thetruthaboutmotherhood #theearlyhour

"I wish I’d been able to forget my old life and accept things will be different. Slow down. Go at your child’s pace and you’ll all be much happier." @sara_of_happity, ex-BBC employee - now mother and entrepreneur... link in bio.
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#family #familylife #thetruthaboutmotherhood #motherhood #thetruthaboutparenthood #parent #parenting #mother #specialneeds #entrepreneur #mummyblogger #theearlyhour

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