Happy Easter!

IT’S EASTER WEEKEND, the clocks are going forward and the sun is finally shining. But whether you’re Christian, follow another religion or don’t really believe at all, Spring is still a very special time. For Christians, Easter symbolises the resurrection of Christ – and new life as Mother Nature awakens after winter.Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 10.51.28 While modern-day Easter makes us think of fluffy chicks and chocolate eggs, even from pagan times the Egg was the ultimate symbol of fertility. Christians soon adopted it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb, being a casket from which new life emerges. Many ancient cultures also had a Spring Mother Goddess who banished ‘old man’ Winter, including the Anglo-Saxon Eostre and Nordic Ostra.
And even today babies born on Easter Day are though to be especially lucky in life, with celebs including Harry Potter star Emma Watson, actress Melissa Joan Hart and actor John Rudd also Easter Sunday babies. Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 10.50.45
But as well as giving birth to new life, Easter can also be a time for creating a new life. Chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac and midwives report a surge of babies born nine months after the long Easter Weekend!
Here at Channel Mum we have our own brood of Easter chicks about to be hatched, with lots of our Vloggers pregnant and more to be announced soon. And while we’re following their unique journeys, we’d love to hear your birth story too. We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Positive Birth Movement to hear all about your birth, so fill in our survey for your chance to win £150 in supermarket vouchers – but just don’t spend it all on choccy eggs!

We wish you and your family the most wonderful Easter, with love from all the team at Channel Mum x

Happy International Women’s Day

Hot on the heels of Mother’s Day, today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a chance to celebrate amazing women around the world, recognise achievements and raise awareness of women who have a far harder time than us in the UK. If you live in China, Ukraine or Vietnam and 12 other countries, today, you will be enjoying a public holiday to celebrate IWD!

Although it feels like raising daughters here in the UK we have it great, we’re still short of gender equality in many places, including the workplace. Our recent video about the working mum struggle demonstrates how women who are mums struggle to ‘have it all’. Research shows we earn 20% less than men in the workplace for doing the same jobs and 6 out of 10 women feel that having kids is bad for your career.

Watch the full video here:

Today Sky News has an all female line-up in recognition of 100 years of IWD and the Google Doodle (you know that bit at the top of the Google home page) celebrates the day too with a special video.

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But for us, the best bit about today is how YouTube have chosen to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. For the whole month they are celebrating female role models as a way of inspiring the next generation of female story tellers on YouTube. Their goal is to support the creation of female-driven content and to inspire women to pick up their cameras and start vlogging and create a world where everyone can be heard. Exactly the same reason we started Channel Mum! We quickly realised there was a distinct lack of UK mum vloggers when we started out a year ago. And from just a handful mum creators this time last year, we’re delighted to have over 130 creators signed up to Channel Mum and it’s growing every single day.

Watch the YouTube Spaces video below as female vloggers around the world portray the most incredible women of the past 100 years. Emily Pankhurst and Marie Stopes didn’t make it into the list as it’s just the last 100 years – so they didn’t qualify!

What a great video! Let us know who inspires you!

An honest Mother’s day

MOTHER’S DAY- it’s the one day of the year us mums get a day off (yes, really!) and celebrate all it means to be a mother.

Hopefully you’ll be spoiled with gorgeous gifts, chocolates and flowers. And top of the list is a nice lie-in, with seven in ten of our Channel Mum vloggers saying this is their number one wish for Sunday!

But as the saying goes, when a child is born so is a mother – so it’s worth reflecting on what the day really means for our families.

Having a baby changes absolutely everything in our lives, and for some women that can be a real struggle. Not everyone copes well and if your own mum found motherhood tough, it can mean Mother’s Day brings up mixed emotions for you.

Almost a third of mums we spoke to in a survey this week said despite having fun with their own children, Mother’s Day can sometimes make them feel sad and even upset about their relationship with their own mum.

Now we know Channel Mum is the honest face of parenting, and you’ve been really honest on this tough subject. Over a quarter of mums we spoke to said they’d had negative issues with their own mother, while more than two thirds had problems with their mother-in-law.

Just three per cent of mums believe motherhood automatically makes you a better person, with half of you saying it be the catalyst but you have to work really hard at it.

And if you’ve lost your mum, Mother’s Day and the fuss surrounding it can bring pain of another sort and make you miss her even more.

So do we have too many expectations that Mother’s Day should be perfect? And if our relationship with our own mum isn’t reflected in the hearts and flowers you’ll see in the shops this weekend, what should you do?

We believe the key is to keep it honest. Mother’s Day can be marvellous and a chance to celebrate the good stuff. But if your relationship with your own mum doesn’t make you feel that way, please don’t worry or get upset.

Remember all lot of what you see in the media and adverts isn’t real life – it’s designed to sell a dream. If what’s going on it your word doesn’t measure up, it’s not your fault.

Instead, celebrate what you have in your own life now, however small it may seem right now. Cherish your own children and do all you can – as we know you are – to make wonderful Mother’s Day memories for them. Being a mum isn’t always easy, but nothing worth doing is. We know you’re all doing the very best you can, and we love and admire you for it.

If you’re having a tough time this weekend, take a few moments to see how Stacey’s feeling, as she’s said it better than we ever can.

With much love from all the team at Channel Mum

Watch the latest Mother’s Day videos