We all get tired, stressed, sick and sore. Being a parent doesn’t mean you have a monopoly on these things. If people who don’t have kids feel these things, it’s totally valid! Let them speak without making it about you! This is guest post written by Bryony Sumner. 

Too Much Sleep? What’s that like?

I was making a cup of tea at work the other morning when I overheard a young lad yawning and telling his mate that he thought his problem was that he was just getting “too much sleep”. Making him groggy, you see. Poor lamb.

It was all I could do not to stuff my used teabag up his nose in a fit of jealousy.

Too much sleep. Ha!

Image via STFU Parents on Facebook.

I heard myself guffaw and just as I was about to make a smart comment about not sleeping since 2014, when I got a tap on the shoulder from my younger self and a memory from about 5 years ago.

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Moving house is always kind of hideous. All that packing, shifting, cleaning- not to mention the money! It costs a bomb in terms of cash and effort, no matter what you do. With that in mind, please extend your sympathies as I move house for the 14th time in 18 years, 2 weeks before Christmas, as a full-time shift worker with zero time off.  Continue Reading

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Supermarkets

Supermarket shopping is my least favourite, yet most frequent, kind of shopping. I blame that squarely on other people. If you could book a time to shop alone, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But wait, you say, what about online shopping? You can do it from the comfort and solitude of your own home and don’t have to deal with anybody!

Yes, online shopping is a thing, but then you miss the in-store specials and clearance shelves. And you have to pay for delivery and be at home for the three hour delivery window and sometimes,  it still doesn’t come. Next minute, you’ve been on the phone to customer service 14 times, it’s almost midnight on a Tuesday, you’ve got no groceries and there’s a guy called Kevin offering to waive the delivery fee “next time you shop with us”. Jesus, Kevin, what kind of glutton for punishment do you think I am?

But, I digress.

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