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My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit

<a href="/blogs/louisebassett/2012/11/20/my-mothering-heart-needs-more-lion-less-rabbit">My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit</a>

Life is often an endurance test. Sure, there are bright moments when joy fills your heart, when you can re-charge. But often it is a relentless quest. At present, my patience as a mother is tested daily by an irrepressible toddler who is now more wilful and dastardly than I thought possible. I need to rapidly acquire new skills. Read full article

How to Silence the Parent's Inner Critic

<a href="/blogs/2012/11/05/how-to-silence-the-parents-inner-critic">How to Silence the Parent&#039;s Inner Critic</a>

Is your inner critic getting you down? You know: that little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you what a lousy parent you are. Every parent has one. It’s a stream of thoughts making up an endless real-time commentary on what you are thinking and doing, continuously pointing out and cataloging you deficiencies and weaknesses...So what do you do if your inner critic is getting out of hand? Read full article

What My Mother Whispered In My Ear

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/11/what-my-mother-whispered-in-my-ear">What My Mother Whispered In My Ear</a>

This is a conversation my mother and I had last week. What started as a conversation about the current economic climate in Greece, soon turned into reflection for my mother who was born in rural Greece in 1935. As a small child she would walk to primary school with her older brother. Read full article

Pregnancy Rollercoaster - Will Everything be Okay?

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/10/08/pregnancy-rollercoaster-will-everything-be-okay">Pregnancy Rollercoaster - Will Everything be Okay?</a>

My youngest child recently celebrated his first birthday. Being the third child he has always had to fit in with the schedule of the other two as well as us, so naturally his first birthday was shared with the big soccer presentation day. It was a very busy day, kick-started with balloons and present opening ...as I always do on my kids' birthdays reflected on his birth – the order of events, how I felt when he was born, etc. But I also found myself revisiting feelings of being very thankful that he was here with us, because my pregnancy with him hit some bumps along the way. At the beginning of it, I honestly thought he was gone. Read full article

Parenthood Changed My Perspective on Teaching Piano

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/28/parenthood-changed-my-perspective-on-teaching-piano">Parenthood Changed My Perspective on Teaching Piano</a>

I am a piano teacher and a composer. I am also a parent. Back in the second half of 2006, when I was about 16 weeks pregnant, Gina Wake (from Hal Leonard Australia) and I did a two or three week tour launching Getting to Grade Four. In the January of 2007, between weeks 28 and 31 of my pregnancy (and when Gina was 15 to18 weeks along in her pregnancy! we toured the nation again launching. Crazy stuff. Yes, I know. One teacher said to me with quite a twinkle in her eye “I wonder how becoming a parent is going to change your piano teaching…” Read full article

Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers

<a href="/articles/study-finds-children-are-learning-persistence-from-fathers">Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers</a>

Can your children stick with a task? Can they finish a project? Can they set a goal and complete it? Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, asked parents about their children’s persistence and found that fathers who use an authoritative parenting style are more likely to raise teenagers with a motivated and persistent approach to achieving their goals. Read full article

Even Polar Bear Mums Have to Drag Their Kids Out of the Water

<a href="/blogs/2012/07/27/even-polar-bear-mums-have-to-drag-their-kids-out-of-the-water">Even Polar Bear Mums Have to Drag Their Kids Out of the Water</a>

A mother polar bear helps her baby out of the water and on to the ice and snow. Gorgeous video. Shared with us by happychild blogger Carol Duncan who is recently back from the Australian snowfields. No polar bears there. Read full article

I Love Mothering, and Other Things - My Rat Brain

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/06/25/i-love-mothering-and-other-things-my-rat-brain">I Love Mothering, and Other Things - My Rat Brain</a>

I love the brain. I love reading and learning about how it operates. A lot of you might be thinking now, ‘OMG - what a nerd?!?’ But I can’t help it – it fascinates me... Of particular interest to my nerdy obsession is the parenting brain – the brain structures and chemicals that are involved in parenting ... I recently came across an article that looked at the motivation of mothers to mother, as they and their kids grew older. It was conducted on our research mammal friends – rats – but it really got me thinking about the parallels with humans. Read full article

I Don't Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn't Tell You

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/06/i-dont-have-a-favourite-child-if-i-did-i-wouldnt-tell-you">I Don&#039;t Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn&#039;t Tell You</a>

The old chestnut - having a favourite child - was up for discussion today on Mornings on Channel 9. Journalist Paul Chai read Jeffrey Kluger's book The Sibling Bond and wrote an article admitting that while he loves both his kids, he finds one easier to relate to and easier to bond with. I had a chat about this with Paul and Mornings hosts David Campbell and Sonia Kluger. Depending on what you read, 100 %, 95%, 70%, 65% or 23% of parents admit to having a favourite child ... Read full article

I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/05/30/i-am-a-sahm-my-experience-of-depression">I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression</a>

I found Yvette’s blog post last week about stay-at-home mothers and depression thought provoking. I am a stay-at-home mum and last year I was diagnosed with depression. It never occurred to me to link the two, however in the past few days I have given quite a bit of thought to the connection and the different pressures and expectations experienced by stay-at-home mothers compared with women who work outside the home. Read full article