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There’s a worrying trend afoot – children under the age of ten are increasingly being excluded and expelled from their schools. This week, Best Magazine has delved into the rise of expulsions in a reportage piece that lifts the lid on what’s going wrong. We found Toni and Faline, two mums whose lovely sons have experienced this and are no longer welcome at their schools.

School should be somewhere a child should be nurtured and encouraged, not blacklisted. Especially at such a young and pivotal age. Sad times indeed.

Out this week in Best. Thank you Toni and Faline.

A wonderfully inspirational line up of women who were determined to become mothers despite missing ‘one vital ingredient’ – a boyfriend / partner / husband. These women used sperm donors to conceive and are now all happily raising their children as single, brilliant, inspirational mums.

Out this week in Bella.

Thank you, single ladies! If you’d like to share your story of how you became a mum, please get in touch today.

Next month, kids go Back To School – and to mark the occasion we worked with Prima Magazine to celebrate four women who also went back to school, taking an adult learning course, hobby or lesson to improve their skillset as adults. I loved working with these women and their stories look fantastic and inspiring. Estelle’s photography class led to a new career, Sally’s DIY skills course gave her confidence to do her own odd-jobs around the house, Sally is becoming a whizz with the saxaphone and Sian has tried so many cookery classes that I’d very much like to have dinner at her house!

A wonderful medley of skills. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby! Out now in Prima.

I would say it seems odd to think about Christmas while sipping on cocktails and topping up our tans, but let’s face it, summer’s a washout. It’s been raining for weeks… but, nevertheless it is sort of nearly Christmas, at least in mag land. In August, we start thinking about our Christmas ideas. By Christmas, we’re over at Mother’s Day.

Christmas stories…We are looking for any stories around the Christmas theme. Perhaps this will be your first Christmas with a long lost family member or your first Christmas since someone you love passed away. It might be your first Christmas alone, or maybe you love spending Christmas alone, or abroad, or both! Maybe you’ve lost weight since last Christmas or stuck to your new year resolutions in 2017. ANYTHING festive, get in touch today!

The thought of jetting off into the sunset is pretty appealing right now as rain continues to pound the roof of the office, in AUGUST! Here’s some inspiration if you’re feeling the same way. The lovely Julie appears in this week’s Best celebrating her life long passion for travel – company not required. I love Julie’s attitude to life and her penchant for adventure.

Too many of us wait until someone will come with us before we step off into the unknown. Julie is proof that going it alone can lead to unexpected experiences. Now, where’s my passport?!

If you’ve been on an adventure, get in touch today! We love to celebrate adventures great and small.

Here’s the wonderful Paula and her wonderful escapades! While other children were dreaming of becoming an astronaut, fireman or race car driver, Paula was suffering severe anxiety. By her own admission, she missed out on a childhood. It was only when a chance photo on her 30th birthday made her realise she was living life in hiding that something changed in her soul. With the support of her husband, Paula overcame her anxieties and started making up for lost time.

All those childhood dreams other kids had? Paula’s tried them all now. She’s a testament to what you can achieve when you refuse to let anything hold you back and she’s also an absolute dream to work with and write about.

If you’ve had some wild adventures, get in touch today, we love adventures here at Phoenix…

Paula is out in this week’s Best. An aptly named title for her new life!

Super proud of these two teen mums. Ashleigh and Taylor may have given birth in their teens, but their wisdom defied their age. When their children, the gorgeous Riley and Casey respectively, were diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, these two teenagers rose up and fought for their kid’s rights. They found inner strength, they battled doctors, they ignored prognoses and championed the little babies in their care.

 

I love these women because they show that while society frowns at teen mums, these teen mums were exactly who their children needed on their team. They are beautiful parents. Age does not matter. Love matters!

 

Out in this week’s Bella. If you’d like to tell your parenting story get in touch today. For support in all things Down’s syndrome, visit the fantastic resource site Future of Down’s.

 

 

Ah… sun, sea, sangrias and husbands! Here we have the beachside meetings of Francesca and Rich and Laura and Gav, both couples met on holiday, came home and made it last. I love the moment when Laura met Gav in Ibiza and told him she was looking to meet the One, to which he retorted, well, you won’t find him in Ibiza. Turns out, she was talking to the One right there!

I do love summer’s excuse to write happy, feel good stories like this. Huge thank you to our couples for taking part. Out in this week’s Bella.

If you have a summery love story you’d like to share, get in touch today!

And found! Here’s the story of beautiful Bethany, a young lady looking for love on Channel 4’s Undateables. While her TV dates didn’t work out, a chap called Tom was watching and took a shine to our Beth. Through mutual contacts he got in touch and the rest, as they say, is history! Tom and Beth have been together over a year now and are madly in love. He tells her she’s beautiful every day, which is just what Bethany needed to hear.

Huge thanks to Bethany’s mum Bekki for sharing their lovely story with me.

To find out more about Down’s syndrome and get support from other parents in the community, visit the Future of Down’s website.

Out in Take a Break this week!

Janine is one of the most wonderful people I have ever written about. I just wish that I wasn’t writing about the heartbreaking circumstances Janine finds herself in. We’ve worked together lots now and she is the funniest, warmest, most loveliest woman ever. Her daughters have inherited all those beautiful traits and also have a way with words that puts me to shame – check out the letter they wrote their mum in the attached article.

Janine has secondary incurable cancer. She has a hell of a fight on her hands but fight she does. Meanwhile, she’s also raising awareness of the importance of women (and men) checking their bodies for lumps and bumps regularly – making a boobie date once a month. Check out Janine’s website here. 

She’s also frantically raising money for her own treatment plan because the NHS is out of options for her. So if you can spare any pennies, click through to Janine’s site and donate.

Read Janine’s story in this week’s Woman Magazine. And here she is winning Mum Idol in the Sun on Mother’s Day. A most deserving accolade for this SuperMum!