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My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit

<a href="/blogs/louisebassett/2012/11/20/my-mothering-heart-needs-more-lion-less-rabbit">My Mothering Heart Needs More Lion, Less Rabbit</a>

Life is often an endurance test. Sure, there are bright moments when joy fills your heart, when you can re-charge. But often it is a relentless quest. At present, my patience as a mother is tested daily by an irrepressible toddler who is now more wilful and dastardly than I thought possible. I need to rapidly acquire new skills. Read full article

I Love Mothering, and Other Things - My Rat Brain

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/06/25/i-love-mothering-and-other-things-my-rat-brain">I Love Mothering, and Other Things - My Rat Brain</a>

I love the brain. I love reading and learning about how it operates. A lot of you might be thinking now, ‘OMG - what a nerd?!?’ But I can’t help it – it fascinates me... Of particular interest to my nerdy obsession is the parenting brain – the brain structures and chemicals that are involved in parenting ... I recently came across an article that looked at the motivation of mothers to mother, as they and their kids grew older. It was conducted on our research mammal friends – rats – but it really got me thinking about the parallels with humans. 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

Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/02/27/work-family-balance-one-of-the-holy-grails-of-motherhood">Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?</a>

More than 9 years ago, I became a parent for the first time. Since then, I've tried on some of the many combinations of work family ‘balance’ that are on offer. Nine years on, I’m not yet sure that I have it right. As much as income generation and work satisfaction are important, the question that ends up being the deal breaker is always - does this fit for the children too? How do you know when you have got the balance right? What is right? 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

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