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Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/10/17/are-parents-to-blame-for-helicopter-parenting">Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?</a>

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 article

Motherhood, Boys and Testosterone - I'm Happy

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/10/13/motherhood-boys-and-testosterone-im-happy">Motherhood, Boys and Testosterone  - I&#039;m Happy</a>

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 article

Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/09/12/mummy-are-you-beautiful-what-would-you-say">Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?</a>

"Mummy, am I beautiful?" - "Yes, you are so beautiful!" - "Mummy, are you beautiful?" Children don’t realise how confronting, or how relevant, their questions can be. When my three-year-old daughter posed the question, "Are you beautiful?" to me, I hesitated. And I gave her the answer I knew I should give: "Yes. Yes, I am." This is a question that, once upon a time, I would have laughed at. Read full article

Loving One Child More than Another

<a href="/audio/loving-one-child-more-than-another">Loving One Child More than Another</a>

Podcast interview on 4BC about a mother who said she loved one child more than another. Is that really the case or is this just a reaction to one child being harder to parent? Should parents worry about this? Does gender come into it? Let us know what you think. Read full article

Why are You Staring at My Children?

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/08/04/why-are-you-staring-at-my-children">Why are You Staring at My Children?</a>

There was a time in my parenting life when I was naïve (and possibly arrogant) enough to assume that everybody was as in awe of my small people as I was. This was the Golden Era when I was a new mama and I had eyes for only one little person ...Of late, my sense is more often than not that a growing number of adults view children as an annoyance, something to be tolerated and preferably avoided. Read full article

An Expat Life as a Mother - from Libya to Qatar

Kirsty Rice is a writer and mother who also writes the popular blog 4 Kids, 20 Suitcases and a Beagle. She lives with her husband and children in Dohar,Qatar. Yvette Vignando interviewed her about living overseas with children and the highs and lows of expat parenting. Read full article

Are We Having Fun Yet? Outings with Children.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/07/25/are-we-having-fun-yet-outings-with-children">Are We Having Fun Yet? Outings with Children.</a>

Ever planned a fun day out with the children and then had your plans go out the window? I can think of two recent examples not quite meeting the idyllic family outing I had in mind. In hindsight, I am laughing and I’m still glad we forged ahead despite whingeing and helpful critiquing from the teenagers in the back of the car. We have three boys, now aged 15,13 and 9 - so you can probably imagine it’s a challenge to plan a family outing that meets everyone’s taste and criteria. Read full article

Confessions from My Home Office - Decluttering and Laughing

I work from home most of the time, in a reasonably sized home office. We have three kids and I get very very busy - so busy that I tend to dump things in piles and then occasionally get back to the piles for a cleanout. I bet most people who work from home have a similar challenge - and eventually it all gets too much. Well, I solved my problem with quite a few hours of work and a lot of fun with Sarah Cottman from Heavenly Order. Read full article

My Three Ringed Circus - a Whinge about Motherhood and Life

<a href="/blogs/rebeccarobinson/2011/07/12/my-three-ringed-circus-a-whinge-about-motherhood-and-life">My Three Ringed Circus - a Whinge about Motherhood and Life</a>

Whilst the dark side of the last year is of course important to acknowledge, it doesn’t make entertaining reading. So acknowledge it I will; yes, the last year has brought me to my knees in a way I never thought possible. It has strained my relationship in a way I never thought possible. It broke my heart into a million un-fixable pieces watching my little boy stare as we held the offending sisters in our arms - confused, hurt and utterly betrayed by not only one parent but two. There were not enough arms to go around. But heal we have, and I have learnt a few lessons. Read full article

Letter Reassures me I'm Doing Okay as a Mother

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/07/04/letter-reassures-me-im-doing-okay-as-a-mother">Letter Reassures me I&#039;m Doing Okay as a Mother</a>

This parenting business can make you feel all manner of insecure. I worry about my kids being safe, about them being healthy, having friends at school and trying to do their best in class. I get worried when the boys fight and squabble, and I used to often wonder, “Is this normal?” ... But this week, an unexpected and wonderful thing happened. So wonderful I even had a little cry. Read full article