I’m Helen Hall, a busy mum of three-year-old toddler twin boys and a six-year-old little girl. I started out career-wise as a journalist and moved into the public communications and marketing field within law enforcement and government about ten years ago. But that desire to indulge in creative writing never really went away – which is what brought me here to start a blog. They say write about whatever you’re most passionate about and, without a doubt, for me my kids tick that box. They are the ones who evoke within me the extremes of human emotion – whether that’s overwhelming love, outright fear or maddening frustration!
Since welcoming my beautiful daughter into the world nearly seven years ago, there have been so many occasions where I’ve turned to other parents for help or advice. In my experience, mums and dads have more wisdom and more words of comfort than what can be found in any expert-authored text book. And, more times than I care to remember, I’ve been helped through those low moments by other frazzled parents and complete strangers. From desperately searching for answers in a twin breastfeeding Facebook group in the middle of the night about yet again more feeding problems, or sharing my feelings with other mums about the loneliness and isolation of being at home with two newborns and a toddler daughter. Whether it happens in an online group or on the school run, I’m always staggered by the mums and dads out there who will take time out of their day to respond to an SOS from a parent in despair or someone who is simply in need of oh-so-crucial words of encouragement and support.
I’m no expert and I don’t have all the answers, but I have learned a lot along the way and I have repeatedly taken comfort from the words of other mums and dads. So even if just one other person reads something I’ve written and feels a little less alone, a little less desperate, then it’ll be worth it. My posts will always be honest – they won’t shy away from the fact that parenting is the hardest and most exhausting gig there is. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine so my blogs won’t be either. But there will always be a positive vein running through, simply because – as hard as having kids is – they are the greatest thing that’s happened to us, aren’t they? And I for one wouldn’t change it for the world 😊.