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Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?

<a href="/blogs/gillianmartin/2010/10/31/who-wants-to-be-a-domestic-goddess">Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?</a>

Yes we’ve all been to another mother’s house that has looked like she’s spent the morning actually licking it clean with her own tongue as if a lifestyle magazine photo shoot were happening that very afternoon instead of your visit for tea, biscuits and gossip. That woman will soon be having a breakdown in the middle of a supermarket aisle: you do not want to be her. Read full article

So Many Bad Mothers Out There - Join The Club

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2010/10/14/so-many-bad-mothers-out-there-join-the-club">So Many Bad Mothers Out There - Join The Club</a>

Have you noticed how many bad mothers there are in the world? There must be lots, because there are special clubs for them all over the place. Just do an internet search for ‘bad mothers club’ and you’ll see what I mean. Most of these groups and their websites are an expression of solidarity amongst mothers who feel overwhelmed by the endless criticism that they experience as they go about their parenting business. Read full article

How Not to Freak Out When Your Child is Bleeding - a Mum's Perspective

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2010/10/13/how-not-to-freak-out-when-your-child-is-bleeding-a-mums-perspective">How Not to Freak Out When Your Child is Bleeding - a Mum&#039;s Perspective</a>

Having survived the school holidays, I thought it was time to put pen to paper before I have to make another trip to the doctor/dentist/hospital. When I finished high school last century, my very sensible parents encouraged me to do nursing. Many years and children later I am eternally grateful for that three year course in how-not-to-freak-out-when-someone is-bleeding…a lot. Read full article

The World's Worst Mother

<a href="/blogs/karencollum/2010/08/11/the-worlds-worst-mother">The World&#039;s Worst Mother</a>

I'm sitting down to write with the tears of guilt still wet on my cheeks and the sinking stone of fear still filling my stomach. This afternoon the unimaginable happened. My husband and eldest son were out, so my two-year-old twins and I decided to pay our lovely neighbours a visit. We walked through the gate between our one-acre properties and hopped, skipped and jumped our way down to the house. The boys had a wonderful hour playing in the neighbour's yard while I chatted with my neighbour and her daughter. Read full article

Parents' Time Out - The Absent (Minded) Parent

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2010/08/09/parents-time-out-the-absent-minded-parent">Parents&#039; Time Out - The Absent (Minded) Parent</a>

My mate Karen has a picture in her mind. She sees herself sitting on her best friend's back verandah, surrounded by good friends, drinking wine, listening to music, and talking the night away. Karen gets her energy from being with other people; she loves companionship and conversation, but with three kids under the age of six, she doesn't often get to just hang with her mates. Read full article

Motherhood and Guilt - Are They Inseparable?

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/07/05/motherhood-and-guilt-are-they-inseparable">Motherhood and Guilt - Are They Inseparable?</a>

I love being a mum and I love working. Trying to combine the two means living with the nagging thought that I'm not giving 100% to either of them. Or the housework. Or my husband. Or my siblings, my father, my friends, my garden, our dogs, the goldfish ... or my job or my kids or myself ... you get the drift. Read full article

I'm Not a Helicopter Parent

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2010/06/29/im-not-a-helicopter-parent">I&#039;m Not a Helicopter Parent</a>

I’m not a helicopter mother. No way. I don’t trust those helicopter mothers that hover around their children getting involved in everything that they do, pretending they’re not looking and then suddenly swooping in and fussing about something or other. ...I’m more of an A380 mother. Read full article

Hazy Baby Days

Now the kids are all at school it’s easy to forget what it was like to have 4 aged under 6. But watching a neighbour struggle with a couple of babies reminded me of those hazy times. Hazy because I can’t actually remember too much about them. I don’t think it’s early onset dementia (although I am having keys/wallet/glasses issues!). Read full article