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I Say I Love You and Kiss My Teenage Boys Every Day

By - 03/04/2011 - 09:12

Do you kiss your kids often? Do you tell them you love them every day? I do. They kiss me back and tell me they love me too. Often this happens more than once a day. My kids are 17 and almost 19. I grew up in an environment where the words “I love you” were never said, well almost never said. When I was 15 my mother told me she loved me in an awkward moment in the bathroom. I didn’t say it back. Read full post

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"Yes You Did Make Me Feel Like a Second Rate Mum" - Jackie O

By - 04/04/2011 - 10:10

Jackie O, 2 Day FM radio announcer, tearily addressed comments made by Pru Goward, NSW Community Services Minister and said "Yes you did make me feel like a second rate mum". A Sunday Telegraph article on 3 April 2011 reported that Ms Goward juxtaposed Michael Jackson's dangling of his baby out of a window with Jackie O bottle feeding her baby while crossing a road. Reportedly Ms Goward commented that this is "cavalier" behaviour and "endangering" the baby. The issue for me is that one of our elected policitians who holds the policy-making "keys" to many NSW women and families' futures has expressed her unusual view in such an offensive and frankly ridiculous way. Read full post

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From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

By - 05/04/2011 - 20:19

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full post

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Yvette asks Kerri Sackville Why Her Husband Does the Dishes

By - 07/04/2011 - 22:38

Seated on the floor in the aisle of a Newtown bookstore, Yvette Vignando conducted this probing interview with Kerri Sackville about her new book "When My Husband Does the Dishes ..." It had to be probing because Yvette has not yet read the book - Kerri revealed enough to tantalise her readers, and Yvette. Read full post

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Empathy and Yawning - Lessons from Chimpanzees

By - 14/04/2011 - 08:51

Like you, there are certain topics I often wonder about - one of them is why yawning is contagious. I remember reading a theory somewhere suggesting that yawning allows more oxygen into our lungs and the contagious response is because our brain automatically assumes that if someone else is yawing, there's a shortage of oxygen and we need to respond accordingly! Could that be true? It was the best explanation I'd read ... until today. Read full post

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Student to Be Awarded Compensation - Bullying at Australian School

By - 14/04/2011 - 10:35

A student of St Patricks College Campbelltown sued her former school for damages saying it failed to protect her from physical and verbal bullying. She said she now suffers from a range of psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety. Yvette Vignando spoke on Sunrise on Channel 7 on 14 April 2011 about this story & bullying by girls. Read full post

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Letting a Child Follow His Dreams

By - 14/04/2011 - 22:23

My eldest son was born seventeen years ago. In the time-honoured principle of new mothers, I thought him the most attractive, charming and gifted baby in the entire world. When it came to the last of these I may have had more claim than most. On his first birthday I took M to the early childhood centre for a developmental check. The nurse handed him a shape sorter with four different shaped blocks, which he promptly slotted into their respective slots without faltering: one, two, three, four. Read full post

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Teaching a Child to Lose Gracefully - Winning

By - 18/04/2011 - 22:23

Recently I took my five-year-old son to play his second-ever game of ten pin bowling. At one point in the game, I got two strikes in a row. This displeased my son greatly, so he downed tools and went on strike. “I’m not playing any more!” he declared. “You’ve had two strikes and I’ve had none! It’s not fair. I’m only five, and you’re a grown-up. You’re supposed to take it easy.” Read full post

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Magazine Living with Children - I Can't Do It

By - 25/04/2011 - 19:16

While I privately salivate over images of 'magazine' houses, I have publicly railed against what I see as a modern day obsession with having a perfect home, a home that is forever 'open house' ready. I do not understand how such homes can allow children, let alone adults, the ability to unleash their creativity. Not long ago I attended a birthday party where the children’s bedrooms were jaw-droppingly beautiful. They really did look like something out of a Home Beautiful catalogue, but apart from jealousy something else bothered me. Read full post

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Life Gets Busy with Kids and Work - I Do My Best

By - 28/04/2011 - 11:11

I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. Well, to be honest I was sitting on the toilet and one of my girls walked by and for the first time in ages I took the time to look at her properly. She looks so tall now and is growing into a young girl. Her long limbs and flowing blonde hair is an indication of things to come. I’m not sure when she changed from toddler to girl. Had I not noticed the transformation? Have I been too busy? Have I been an absent mother? It’s funny how the idea of parenthood hits you at the strangest times. Read full post

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