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How to Get Published in the New York Times

Kirsty Rice is a mother of four children living in Qatar. Born in Australia, as an adult she has lived in Libya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada and Qatar. So many stories to tell! This one is about how to get published in the New York Times by breaking a bone, and life as a parent and resident in Qatar. Yvette Vignando interviewed Kirsty in a Balmain park, using a tree, as you do. Read full article

How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi

<a href="/blogs/maggiealderson/2011/06/29/how-to-dress-for-the-school-run-and-the-paparazzi">How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi</a>

by Maggie Alderson: What? It’s that time already? … I can’t be the only mother to have this daily reaction when the clock has somehow come round to school pick up time, ... It doesn’t leave much time to plan an outfit. More likely, a lightening check that there are no food stains too visible to the casual glance, before racing to the door. But every school has at least one mother for whom the school run seems to be a kind of personal fashion parade. Spray on jeans, sky high heels, a year round tan and sleek long hair, seem to be the default look. Read full article

A Family is Where Love is Abundant

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/06/20/a-family-is-where-love-is-abundant">A Family is Where Love is Abundant</a>

Sitting in her New York apartment being interviewed by a New York Times journalist, Gabrielle Einhorn says that for her, a family means abundance, commitment, and the intimacy that comes from a shared history. Her child, Griffin, was conceived by an IVF sperm donation from a very close friend of hers; Griffin’s biological father’s name is George Russell and he is gay. Mr Russell has his own partner, David Nimmons. On Sundays all four of them have dinner together, and Mr Russell stays over a few nights each week to spend time with Griffin. At this point, most readers will be starting to make judgements about Griffin’s family. Is this the right thing for Griffin? Is it ideal for families to be formed in this way? Read full article

Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/06/15/flying-space-junk-motherhood-and-fear">Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear</a>

When I was a child we lived in country NSW. During school holidays my older sister and I would travel to Sydney by train, unaccompanied, to be met by our grandmother at the other end. On the return journey the reverse would happen. This started when I was quite young, eight years old or so, and my sister eleven. The trip was a long one, close to eight hours, and I’d pass the time reading and daydreaming. I remember feeling terribly grown up as I made my purchases from the food trolley that trundled up and down the corridors of that train. Recently I had to dispatch my middle son on a similar journey. Read full article

No Time for Writer's Block, or Bench Pressing 30 Kilos

<a href="/blogs/sophielee/2011/06/13/no-time-for-writers-block-or-bench-pressing-30-kilos">No Time for Writer&#039;s Block, or Bench Pressing 30 Kilos</a>

by Sophie Lee: A funny thing seems to be happening as my children grow older. Instead of becoming more productive, as I’d expected, I’ve established a pattern of getting less done than ever. I sometimes feel as though I myself have fallen down a well and am in need of a potion to restore order to the surrounding chaos. In 2006 I was handed an amazing opportunity. When I say ‘handed’ I mean, I’d fought for it to happen, but it felt like a gift nevertheless. I landed my first ever book deal, that is to say, an offer to expand a short story into a full-length novel. Read full article

My Memories are Alive with The Sounds of Motherhood

<a href="/blogs/karenandrews/2011/05/25/my-memories-are-alive-with-the-sounds-of-motherhood">My Memories are Alive with The Sounds of Motherhood</a>

I remember reading once that a mother’s hearing is programmed to be receptive to the cries of her baby while she is sleeping. I’m not sure if this has been scientifically proven, but I’m willing to bet on its validity. This is partly because I’ve been thinking of how noise influences our experience and shapes our memories. Like the other senses, I suspect noises have an almost unacknowledged power. Read full article

Early Wakeup Calls with Kids

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/05/13/early-wakeup-calls-with-kids">Early Wakeup Calls with Kids</a>

I was up at 5.40 am today to wake our 13 year old - we wanted to see the planetary alignment of Mercury Venus, Jupiter and Mars. The next alignment like this will not be until 2056, and not being confident I'd be around then to see it with my future 58 year old son I thought it was worth it! Needless to say, we gazed at it for 5 minutes and then Mr 13 went back to bed, but happy. What crazy things have you got up for with your kids? Tell me here? Read full article

3 Questions Answered about Parenting with Soul

Yvette Vignando asked Sally Collings about how to get the most out of the boring parts of parenting, why children are like gurus and how to stop feeling so busy and get more connected with what we are doing. In this short video Sally shares some pearls of parenting wisdom that will refresh your day with your child. Read full article

Parents and Children - Who is Raising Who?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/05/02/parents-and-children-who-is-raising-who">Parents and Children - Who is Raising Who?</a>

My six-year-old daughter has decided that she is going to be a builder. I’m over the moon. She is very logical, she loves constructing things – we have a large collection of artifacts made of boxes and masking tape to prove it – and I can tell you that she 'don’t take no nonsense from no one'. I’d get her to build my house any day. I suspect that we all have a secret (or not so secret) wish list for our children. Maybe you want yours to be strong, or resilient, or kind, or loving, or successful – or all of the above. Read full article

Love Wisdom Motherhood - Conversations with Inspiring Women

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/love-wisdom-motherhood-conversations-with-inspiring-women">Love Wisdom Motherhood - Conversations with Inspiring Women</a>

Jessica Rowe, broadcaster, writer and mother, interviews eleven women about what it means to be a mother. Jessica Rowe reveals the obstacles encountered along the way, the joys, heartache, myths and realities. The conversations are very honest and feature women such as Elizabeth Broderick, Lisa McCune, Wendy Harmer, Tina Arena, Maggie Tabberer and Gail Kelly. An inspirational and reassuring book for mothers. Read full article