• Feeling Self Conscious?

    Feeling Self Conscious?

    Have you ever said or done something stupid and thought the world is there watching, judging or laughing at you? It may feel that way, but most people are too busy in their own heads for you to occupy their thoughts. That trip you did walking into a meeting may feel like the fail of…

  • Does Not Watching the News Make Me a Happy Pig

    Does Not Watching the News Make Me a Happy Pig

    Research shows that screen time for children under the age of two is deterimental to their development. This is why we have decided not to allow screen time for our baby. When she was a newborn, I used to have the TV on during feeds. However, as the weeks passed by, she became more alert…

  • Are Antenatal Classes Worth it?

    Are Antenatal Classes Worth it?

    I always imagined antenatal classes to be in-person, with my husband cradling my bump whilst we learn breathing techniques for labour. However, in Malta, antenatal classes (know as ParentCraft) are done via Teams online, which I found disappointing, but joined them anyway. I started attending these sessions when I was 26 weeks pregnant. They would…

  • Maltese Society – Maternity Leave and Childcare

    Maltese Society – Maternity Leave and Childcare

    Fifty years ago, one income was enough to sustain a family. Now, women are forced to return to work shortly after having a baby. In Malta, maternity leave is just 18 weeks. As a result, it has become the norm for babies as young as four months old to be put into childcare. This is…

  • My Breastfeeding Journey so far

    My Breastfeeding Journey so far

    This might sound strange but I’ve never been more determined to do anything in my life other than to breastfeed. I remember pretending to breastfeed my dolls as a small child, looking forward to a time when I’d have my own real baby! It was only when I fell pregnant, and my Instagram account began…

  • Olivia’s First Flight at 12 Weeks Old

    Olivia’s First Flight at 12 Weeks Old

    Unexpectedly, two weeks postpartum I was ready to venture out into the world with my daughter. I asked my husband to give me a tutorial on how to use the pram and car seat, and set off to take my 14-day-old new born on our first trip alone together. I took her to my old…

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William Smith

Writer & Journalist