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I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting

<a href="/blogs/2012/05/25/i-thought-i-was-prepared-for-parenting">I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting</a>

No matter how much you try to prepare for motherhood, you really won’t know how you feel about it until you experience it. No matter how many books you read, you will never find that elusive recipe for how to look after your brand new baby, let alone a toddler, pre-schooler or teenager. I thought I was prepared. I had read the books and spent a great deal of my childhood and adolescence in the company of babies and young children. The reality was nothing like the books. Read full article

Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/23/why-stay-at-home-mums-might-be-more-depressed-new-poll">Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll</a>

A Gallup poll in the United States of over 60,000 women found that mothers who stay at home with their kids, when compared with working mums, experience - more worry: 41% compared to 34%; and - more depression: 28% compared to 17%, as well as slightly more anger, stress and sadness.Today, I discussed this in more detail on Channel 9 show, Mornings. View the short video here and join the discussion: What do you think about these figures? Do you think as a society we need to get better at valuing parents who stay at home? Read full article

A Letter from A Mum to Her Children on Mother's Day

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/05/09/a-letter-from-a-mum-to-her-children-on-mothers-day">A Letter from A Mum to Her Children on Mother&#039;s Day</a>

A Mother's Day gift you won't find in the shops... Read full article

My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love

<a href="/blogs/kirsty-rice/2012/04/26/my-boy-henry-hotdog-and-an-irrational-perfect-love">My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love</a>

Yesterday when I picked up the little travelers from school, Henry Hotdog's kindergarten teacher had something to tell me. "You have to tell your Mummy about the poem you wrote today Henry - can you tell her?" The hotdog considered the proposal for a moment and then proceeded to pull my head down towards his. In my ear he whispered ... Read full article

I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/04/24/i-stopped-and-really-saw-my-daughter-moments-of-mindfulness">I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness</a>

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. Read full article

Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off 'Balance'

<a href="/blogs/rebeccarobinson/2012/04/09/three-young-children-have-thrown-me-off-balance">Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off &#039;Balance&#039;</a>

Balance sh-malance... I thought I had balance. For a moment. I thought it was for keeps. But I only have until Kindy Boy turns five in a few weeks. Then the 3.30pm Wednesday swimming lesson changes and he moves up to another group called Turtles or Dolphins or Lobsters or something and then this time slot for him fails to exist. Upon realising this, my brain went into melt down. Read full article

Are You a Parent Juggling Too Many Tasks? Try This.

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/04/04/are-you-a-parent-juggling-too-many-tasks-try-this">Are You a Parent Juggling Too Many Tasks? Try This.</a>

A few weeks ago I found myself a bit more disorganised than usual. Among a multitude of jobs I had to do was buying green things for my eight and five year olds to wear to school for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. I found myself standing in a shop asking myself what would be more inappropriate - sending them to school wearing plastic green glasses that look like jugs of beer, or a badge that says ‘Kiss me. I’m Irish’? Read full article

One is Enough. Yes I'm Sure

<a href="/blogs/louisebassett/2012/03/27/one-is-enough-yes-im-sure">One is Enough. Yes I&#039;m Sure</a>

I am wearing a sign. It floats above my head like a speech bubble. It reads:I have only one child, please ask me when I am having another one...I have no desire to have any more. Whether or not you believe it, that's just how it is. Read full article

Banning the Mummy Mafia and their Squealing Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/26/banning-the-mummy-mafia-and-their-squealing-children">Banning the Mummy Mafia and their Squealing Children</a>

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald called Leave Home Without Them, Fenella Souter enters the debate on whether restaurant and café owners should be allowed to ban children from their premises. But rather than discussing the pros and cons of this emotive area, Souter employs a sarcastic and superior tone to ascribe feelings of “parental entitlement” to mothers during their so-called “mandatory public sharing” of the “difficult years of child-rearing.” The author smirks at mums who dare to enter cafes with their young children; these mothers are part of the “mummy mafia” and are living a “sophisticated” (insert sarcasm font) and “consumerist” way of life. Read full article

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article