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Parenting With Soul

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/parenting-with-soul">Parenting With Soul</a>

For parents looking for more soul in their life and wanting to enjoy an active inner life while wrangling kids, nappies, crayons and odd socks. Sally Collings writes about making spirituality a party of a family's everyday life - turning things we do daily into opportunities to practise mindfulness, gratitude, love and generosity. Sharing an eclectic blend of practices from some of the world's great faith traditions. Read full article

Life Gets Busy with Kids and Work - I Do My Best

<a href="/blogs/biancawordley/2011/04/28/life-gets-busy-with-kids-and-work-i-do-my-best">Life Gets Busy with Kids and Work - I Do My Best</a>

I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. Well, to be honest I was sitting on the toilet and one of my girls walked by and for the first time in ages I took the time to look at her properly. She looks so tall now and is growing into a young girl. Her long limbs and flowing blonde hair is an indication of things to come. I’m not sure when she changed from toddler to girl. Had I not noticed the transformation? Have I been too busy? Have I been an absent mother? It’s funny how the idea of parenthood hits you at the strangest times. Read full article

Why Do People Have Children? Ask the Wright Brothers.

<a href="/articles/why-do-people-have-children-ask-the-wright-brothers">Why Do People Have Children? Ask the Wright Brothers.</a>

Why do people have kids? Got a mental block? Feel a cliché coming on? Having trouble articulating your feelings? Welcome to my conundrum. I’m a mum and happy to be one but, biological imperative aside, I don’t believe that being a parent is the holy grail of humanity. In fact, I often find myself feeling rather disgruntled on behalf of the child-free minority. People without kids are so often expected to justify their choice and yet no-one asks the procreating majority to state their case. It’s the question that keeps me up at night; the question no-one seems to ask: In a world of multiple reproductive choices, why do people have children at all? Read full article

Yvette asks Kerri Sackville Why Her Husband Does the Dishes

Seated on the floor in the aisle of a Newtown bookstore, Yvette Vignando conducted this probing interview with Kerri Sackville about her new book "When My Husband Does the Dishes ..." It had to be probing because Yvette has not yet read the book - Kerri revealed enough to tantalise her readers, and Yvette. Read full article

When My Husband Does the Dishes ...

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/when-my-husband-does-the-dishes">When My Husband Does the Dishes ...</a>

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . is about love in real life. It's about what marriage looks like after three children and 150 years of togetherness. It's about little white lies and boxer shorts on the floor and eating frankfurts for dinner every night. "It's my life" says author Kerri Sackville. "And I suspect it could be yours too." It is part memoir, part faux guide to marriage and motherhood and a must read for all women. It is accurate, clever and very, very funny. Read full article

"Yes You Did Make Me Feel Like a Second Rate Mum" - Jackie O

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/04/04/yes-you-did-make-me-feel-like-a-second-rate-mum-jackie-o">&quot;Yes You Did Make Me Feel Like a Second Rate Mum&quot; - Jackie O</a>

Jackie O, 2 Day FM radio announcer, tearily addressed comments made by Pru Goward, NSW Community Services Minister and said "Yes you did make me feel like a second rate mum". A Sunday Telegraph article on 3 April 2011 reported that Ms Goward juxtaposed Michael Jackson's dangling of his baby out of a window with Jackie O bottle feeding her baby while crossing a road. Reportedly Ms Goward commented that this is "cavalier" behaviour and "endangering" the baby. The issue for me is that one of our elected policitians who holds the policy-making "keys" to many NSW women and families' futures has expressed her unusual view in such an offensive and frankly ridiculous way. Read full article

I Have No Parenting Advice to Offer

<a href="/blogs/kerrisackville/2011/03/31/i-have-no-parenting-advice-to-offer">I Have No Parenting Advice to Offer</a>

Before you invest too much time reading this post, let me warn you: I don’t have any parenting advice to offer. I may have been a mother for nearly twelve years, but I feel as equipped to counsel you about parenting techniques as I am to reflect on quantum physics or Pythagorean theory (and as my family will confirm, my knowledge of these areas is very limited indeed). I find parenting my three children the hardest, most perplexing job in the world and I am constantly worried that I am not very good at it. Read full article

So Which Mother Are You?

<a href="/blogs/kirsty-rice/2011/03/30/so-which-mother-are-you">So Which Mother Are You?</a>

Arrive at any school concert and you can pick the stereotypical Mums from the crowd. There's the heavily involved school Mum, showing people where to sit or helping out behind the scenes. There's gym Mum, dressed in lycra, ready to recite her latest half marathon stats. Working Mum arrives just in time, Blackberry in one hand, guilt in the other. Stay at home and work from home Mum are comfortably dressed, they have their own guilt, they're trying not to make eye contact with heavily involved school Mum. As different as they all appear, they all share a common goal, trying to find the balance between happy child and happy mother. Read full article

Yvette, Kerri and Lana: Mums Talk Nonsense

On 11 November 2010 I met two friends for the first time - Twitter friends, mums, bloggers who share their funny, moving, normal lives with their online audience. As a mother and online publisher, meeting these beautiful mumblogger people I've had a "virtual" relationship with was as much fun as I thought. This video is slightly mad but it's to share the fun with you. It's Yvette Vignando chatting and laughing with Kerri Sackville and Lana Hirschowitz. Read full article

Parents - Are You Being Short Changed by 'Me Time' Myth?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2010/11/08/parents-are-you-being-short-changed-by-me-time-myth">Parents - Are You Being Short Changed by &#039;Me Time&#039; Myth?</a>

Time – especially time by myself – is my passport to reclaiming some energy, clarity and sanity. I suspect I’m a bit of an introvert by nature: I enjoy being with friends and family, but I recharge my batteries best in solitude...How’s this for a radical idea, though: maybe we are ripping ourselves off with the whole idea of ‘me time’. Maybe it’s a construct of our Western mindset... Read full article