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Sarah is a freelance broadcaster with 15 years of TV under her belt presenting shows from Top of the Pops to Live and Kicking, The Girlie Show to The National Lottery. Sarah's husband Andy, and two children, Hunter and Autumn, are her favourite ways to waste time. When not running around after them, Sarah is busy attempting to turn herself from Hapless Housewife into Domestic Goddess. You can find her sometimes quite successful attempts (other times, not so much!) at her website She blogs about parenthood at Help! Where's the manual? For Life according to Cawood in 140 characters or less, follow her on Twitter, @sarah_cawood.


I find myself lying to my children ALL DAY LONG these days. I lie to them because they are gullible and I can take advantage of that, and sometimes, I need to buy myself some time, or avoid the meltdown that being honest can invariably bring on. I know it’s lazy parenting, but I also… Read more »

One of my friends posted this article from The Guardian on her timeline yesterday with the words “too true” accompanying the link. I immediately clicked through and read it, because, as the title suggests, isn’t this something that we’ve known all along? Well, yes and no. I was completely addicted to parenting books right up… Read more »

A few weeks ago I blogged about Yes Parenting. It’s an approach to parenting that means you say yes – a lot and only shower your children in praise. It sounded utterly bonkers to me, but I wondered whether actually, the Yes Parenting flag-flyer Bea Marshall knew something I didn’t, so I decided I should really… Read more »

Shall I have a third baby, like Kate and Will?

Congratulations William and Kate! What makes people decide they want a third? (Or a fourth, or fifth?!!). I was one of three and I loved the gang mentality we had growing up. I was lucky enough to have a brother and a sister and I love them both dearly. I definitely would have had three… Read more »

Crying Hunter.

I was listening to the radio the other day and after an interview with Isla Fisher, the DJ mentioned that she had told him off air never to say no to his children. He was laughing and saying that if he did that, there would be anarchy at home. I was intrigued and had a… Read more »

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

I remember many, MANY moons ago, when I was a mere teen (back in the 80s. Yes, the 80s!), watching many a John Hughes coming of age flick (think Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind Of Wonderful) and thinking one day, I would give my kids a cool name. Something they could be… Read more »

The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in Europe which is a real shame as there’s no denying all the positives that breastfeeding comes with, so we should all be doing everything we can to promote it. Events such as Breastfeeding Week are great for raising awareness, even though it didn’t work for… Read more »

I have just got back from a wonderful holiday with my extended family in Spain. It was just lovely. I was a total cliché, and went through some sort of random metamorphosis from humdrum mum to wannabe-Spanish-sangria-guzzling-senorita in the space of a mere seven days. There were definite stages to this dramatic change (and you’ll… Read more »

Holiday fun

I am writing this from my sun lounger in sunny Spain. (I know, don’t hate on me too much). If you have school age children then you may well be thinking “Wow! I wonder how much that holiday is costing them?!” It is an expensive holiday: villa on the Costa Blanca, own swimming pool, beaches… Read more »

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After my daughter was born (three years ago), I was given a fantastic opportunity to work for a radio station as a breakfast show DJ. I jumped at the chance even though it meant leaving her when she was only 11 weeks old. Three months in, tired from the early starts and the 120 mile… Read more »

Yesterday we took our son to be circumcised. Some people have their child circumcised for medical reasons and some for preference. Ours was the former. We didn’t notice Hunter had phimosis until after we had potty trained him. That was when we noticed his wee would fly high into the air and arc like a… Read more »

Woman ignoring you with fingers in ears

Who knew having a baby, then getting them to mini-adulthood could be SUCH a minefield? When I had my first baby, I ended up being a bit of a slave to the parenting experts, their books and their advice. Then I realised each baby is unique and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to raising children. I… Read more »

Hands of female and male lying on bed

Ahhhh, pregnancy. You’d think you’d know everything about sex by the time you’re knocked up, since that’s what got you here, right? HOWEVER, there are still things to learn it seems. Now I’ve been preggers twice and even I didn’t know about some of this stuff, so read on and be amazed. Here are 13… Read more »

Victoria Beckham

They say money can’t buy you happiness and whilst I agree in principle, there is no doubt in my mind that having lots of cash can soften the blow of many a life challenge. You’d think that having a baby and raising a family would be the ultimate leveller, but really, when it comes to… Read more »

Cawood-Merry Clan

“Why are you crying mummy?”. My children have been asking me this question a lot recently. Usually when I’m listening to the news or seeing the horrifying and tragic news stories that seem to pour forth unceasingly from my radio and TV. Most recently, it was when I was watching the amazing #onelovemanchester concert and… Read more »

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