Articles - Motherhood

We've come a long way, baby

We've come a long way, baby

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Building resilience sometimes means not showing up for everything

Building resilience sometimes means not showing up for everything

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How much unpaid work are you doing exactly?

How much unpaid work are you doing exactly?

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Whip out the excel spreadsheet and start tallying up those unpaid chores, because a recent study on behalf of the Victorian Government illustrates how unpaid work saves the economy billions; and by large, women are the ones shouldering the load.

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Why do we so often focus on our 'failures' for the week?

Why do we so often focus on our 'failures' for the week?

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Of Play Doh and dragon poop

Of Play Doh and dragon poop

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“Can you play with me, mamma? Or you won’t?”

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If you can’t say anything nice…and other wonderful pieces of motherly advice

If you can’t say anything nice…and other wonderful pieces of motherly advice

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Well, with Mother’s Day tomorrow, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on some of the best...  

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Five ways children wreck your teeth

Five ways children wreck your teeth

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As much as they make you smile, children truly wreck your teeth. Here’s how…

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So Lonely

So Lonely

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Of course, the irony is, had either of us spoken up and mentioned it at the time, we would have realised we were far from alone…

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Things can and do get better

Things can and do get better

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No matter what we are living through, no matter how tough the road in front of you, always believe that things will get better.

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School holidays. Heaven or Hell?

School holidays. Heaven or Hell?

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A lot of families use school holidays to take a ‘break' get away and go camping or fishing or visit a resort of some kind. But is it really a break?

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The fudge that broke the camel’s back

The fudge that broke the camel’s back

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Every now and then, a series of seemingly innocuous, unrelated events conspire to turn those sage words and astute wisdom against us.

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Which loo, what gender child? You be the judge.

Which loo, what gender child? You be the judge.

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Granted, it’s a first world problem, but for many parents, we’ve all been there…standing outside the loo wondering which gender toilet to send your child into while weighing the pro’s and cons of safety, convenience and propriety.

Well, for one Noosa father it ended in an interesting national debate that shaped up a little like this…

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Breastfeeding – beautiful but not always easy

Breastfeeding – beautiful but not always easy

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All right ladies, set down the judgmental glances and discard the defences, this week is Breastfeeding Week – a beautiful ode to a natural act that raises more than the occasional hackle in otherwise rational women.

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Inequality starts young

Inequality starts young

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It would be nice to think we’d learned some lessons and the generation of girls currently growing up in our homes will have a future framed by equality. But a recent report indicates this may not be the case.

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Sanity is the only reality

Sanity is the only reality

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With 2018 well and truly here and New Year’s resolutions perhaps becoming a fading memory, I thought I would share some of my revised thoughts on what is important to me as a working mother. So here is why trying to have it all but also remaining sane is more important FOR EVERYONE.

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Such a little word, so hard to say

Such a little word, so hard to say

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“Yes of course I’ll look after your kids for the weekend, help you move house, bake 150 cupcakes for the school fete, meet that unreasonable work deadline, and spend my Saturday on a cold sporting field manning the canteen!”

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Put your hand up if you are a murderer

Put your hand up if you are a murderer

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Put your hand up if you are a murderer? There seems to be a lot of us women out there who are just that. That is, according to a pro-life Christian group who have recently been filmed harassing women as they enter an abortion clinic.

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Why you won’t find my kids on Facebook

Why you won’t find my kids on Facebook

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I’m going to come right out and say it. I’ve always viewed Facebook with a little trepidation and fear. So much so that up until recently my personal profile featured a blank image, no information and a long-abandoned maiden name. That’s despite the fact I work in social media and enjoy a livelihood based on telling other people’s stories.

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NAPLAN from a mum's perspective

NAPLAN from a mum's perspective

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It doesn't define you, it doesn't test all those characteristics that make you 'you'.

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Do you lose some of your courage when you have children?

Do you lose some of your courage when you have children?

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I’ve heard it a 100 times. The ‘before I had kids’ line. Like ‘before I had kids I’d jump out of a plane. Before I had kids I’d take that risk. I’d take rides in small aircraft. I'd do that trek, I’d bungee jump…skydive’ and so on. The lists are long and diverse yet the one thing which women who make such a statement often follow it up with is. ‘Not now, not with the kids being as young as they are. I’d never take that risk’.

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Kids in the playground

Kids in the playground

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I’m a mother of two sons and a daughter. My daughter is very little but both my sons are at school, albeit very junior grades. Each day I drop the older one off and I hide behind the bag racks and watch him and his mates for a minute or two.

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How To Foster a Successful Working Au Pair Relationship

How To Foster a Successful Working Au Pair Relationship

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A truly successful Au Pair working relationship comes from investing in the working relationship from Day 1.

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Tips for a Successful Au Pair Hire

Tips for a Successful Au Pair Hire

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Ok, so you’ve thought about it and you feel you may be at the point where you want to start the process of looking for an Au Pair. This is the crucial bit–don’t be too desperate to find someone, make sure you wait for the right person.

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“Have you heard…she’s got an Au Pair!”

“Have you heard…she’s got an Au Pair!”

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Are you considering hiring an Au Pair for the first time? Vanessa Douglas gives us her top tips for hiring an Au Pair.

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How do you teach your children to be ‘hungry’ in a world where they have so much?

How do you teach your children to be ‘hungry’ in a world where they have so much?

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It’s a constant battle. You want your children to have more than you did as a child. You want for them every opportunity, every experience, everything that you had growing up and more. It’s just a natural thing. Every parent knows the feeling.

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School Lunches Unpacked

School Lunches Unpacked

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We all know that in order to be healthy, happy, and to achieve their potential, children and young people need to eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. And contrary to popular (my children’s) belief, it is possible to provide them with a healthy school lunch that not only tastes great but is good for them. I know I am not alone when I say that preparing school lunches is one of my least favourite chores. However, I have vowed that this year, it will not be my undoing each weekday morning.

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Raising Boys without girls and how they learn from us

Raising Boys without girls and how they learn from us

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I am sick, really sick with some hideous flu-type virus and have picked up gastro on top as a real treat. So, I have been lying here, deep in thought, trying to distract myself from my own temporary misery.

As I lay here, I am being nursed by my eight-year-old son, Tom. He has so far managed to keep the other two boys inside (we are on acreage) and bring me water and a wet cloth, as he said I felt hot.

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Behind the veil of miscarriage and grief

Behind the veil of miscarriage and grief

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Sadly not all pregnancies progress to a happy ending. A quarter of pregnancies will miscarry in the first trimester, some pregnancies will not proceed past the second or third trimester, and some babies will sadly pass away at birth, shortly before birth or soon thereafter.
Not only do the expectant parents have to cope with grief but also the loss of the dreams that were carried in the womb. Dreams of seeing their baby in the nursery they prepared so lovingly will remain just that, dreams.

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A “holiday” with small children

A “holiday” with small children

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It’s Monday morning at my son’s school and the mothers are giving my face a second glance. No wonder. I have two large red marks on the side of my chin, which look like I’m going through puberty again.

‘How was your trip?’ someone asks me...

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Dial down the motherhood mindset

Dial down the motherhood mindset

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Think of your life and now think of your friendships. Think of your inner circle.
I guess you would think you know a lot about your friends and you probably do. I certainly feel that I know my friends, but how well do you really know them?

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