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Sleep and Children - Tell Me It Gets Better?

By - 03/10/2011 - 14:52

I have not had a good night’s sleep for close to five years. It’s pretty easy to work out why. I have three children under the age of five. I've had to deal with many different reasons for not getting sleep. Here are just some of them ... Tell me it gets better ... Read full post

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My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake

By - 03/10/2011 - 15:27

"Mummy, I’m sad,’" my three-year-old said to me. "What’s making you feel sad?’" I sat down next to her and asked. ‘Ummm,’ she said, and I could see the confusion in her eyes as she tried to find the words to answer. Despite her knowledge of hundreds of words, and her almost constant state of conversation, you realise how limited a child’s speech is in moments like these ... Happiness is the current obsession with my daughter ... Read full post

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Help! I Love Books but My Child is a Reluctant Reader

By - 10/10/2011 - 15:44

I’ve been infatuated with reading ever since I can remember. Not always fine literature: I had a drawer full of Phantom comics when I was about seven, which I would pore over by torchlight after lights out ... So how is it that my kids would do pretty much anything to avoid having to read a book? Read full post

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14 Year Old Boy in Custody, Bali - Where's the Compassion?

By - 10/10/2011 - 14:09

As our family drove back from a country holiday on the weekend, we heard news on the radio that a 14 year old boy from NSW had been arrested in Bali for allegedly being in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. Our boys are aged 16, 13 and 9, so it was easy for me to make a quick mental leap to the minds of this young man’s parents ... But there was some commentary I saw online today that made me uncomfortable and angry Read full post

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Motherhood, Boys and Testosterone - I'm Happy

By - 13/10/2011 - 10:27

It’s only recently that I’ve realised how content I am just having boys. They suit me. I happily call myself a feminist but when I was pregnant with my first child I surprised myself by wanting a son. I was smug when I had him too; the first boy on either side of the family after five girls. With my second son I had an unspoken preference for a girl, but he was such a beautiful baby, a competition winner no less. With my third ... Read full post

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Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?

By - 17/10/2011 - 09:29

According to current popular discourse, modern day parents fall into one of two distinct categories: relaxed free-ranger or over involved and controlling helicopter. And while much fun can be had satirising the extremes of either parenting style, missing from the discussion has been a deeper analysis of the larger context in which everyday parenting decisions are made ... When I examine my own parenting I find myself veering wildly between the two extremes, the parenting equivalent of the hybrid car. Read full post

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My Daughter Wants Acceptance - Please Teach Your Children Well

By - 18/10/2011 - 10:37

On the day we went to Sea World our girl Ivy was tired. We all were. As we walked into the park two girls pushed past us hurriedly and into the bathroom, which is where we were headed to. We took our place right behind them. It would have been fine except that those two little girls then turned around and made loud comments about Ivy’s "fat" face and her "fat" cheeks and her "squishy eyes" (whatever those are anyway). Then they proceeded to whisper and look back at Ivy in that hateful little girl way that makes me want to stab something ... Read full post

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Raising Twins - I Have My Training Wheels On

By - 19/10/2011 - 20:27

I kind of knew that some interesting sibling dynamics were up the sleeve of life. However intellectual I have been about it, there is always something humbling about actually living it. My 4 year old has a different relationship with each of his sisters - we have tried to encourage this ... that each kid is unique and there will be things you don't and do like about each other, and at different times. That's cool. But you see, one of the girls isn't walking yet - it fits with her personality ... So kindy boy has taken a liking to his sister - the one who is walking and running and able to follow his commands. Read full post

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Problogger Blogging Conference – Parents, Prams, Positives and Perspective

By - 24/10/2011 - 12:04

Some of you will have never heard of Problogger, nor of #pbevent (a label given to the blogging conference on Twitter) and so you may have been blissfully unaware of the gathering of some of Australia’s most enthusiastic, experienced and new bloggers in Melbourne on Friday 21st October 2011. And many of you were there with me - catching up with friends, learning and squishing into some of the floor-seating-only popular sessions. It was an energy-filled day ... Although the Problogger conference was not a gathering of parents, because I connect with so many parents online and offline, I wanted to first share with you the Twitter names of some of the beautiful parents I met before and at the event ... Read full post

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How Children Teach and Learn Compassion

By - 26/10/2011 - 16:02

The past couple of weeks have been very stressful for me. A close family member has been ill, and the whole family has been thrown into disarray. When things are hard it’s easy to become irritable due to sleep deprivation, anxiety and sadness. It can be hard to maintain good judgement and even-temperedness. I felt angry at the unfairness in the world and felt my hackles rising when I heard any-one whinge about having been stuck in traffic or unable to find a parking spot. Thankfully I was able to keep my cool with my children and actually enjoyed doing simple things with them such as reading stories as a kind of stress-release. Being with them also reminded me of the good fortune in my life. Read full post

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Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

By - 28/10/2011 - 16:23

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. Read full post

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Bed Wetting in Children - Worrying When They Spring a Leak

By - 30/10/2011 - 13:08

Mr 8 still leaks. And while I knew not to worry about it, until if and when he did for things like sleep-overs, I’ve always maintained a vigilant eye to make sure that if he was becoming concerned, I’d know and be able to act on it early ... A local behavioural paediatrician recently held an information evening on bedwetting so I thought I’d head along ... Read full post

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Parents Help Young Girls Develop a Positive Body Image

By - 31/10/2011 - 20:11

Tonight I read some extracts from a UK School Health Education Unit report called “Young People Into 2011”. The headlines about the report tell us that about one third of primary school girls are missing their meals and are unhappy with their weight. I’m only a little surprised because there’s so much media coverage of teenage girls who are unhappy with their body image. Read full post

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