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Carol’s radio career has spanned 20 years around Australia working for both commercial broadcasters, and since 2001 the ABC. Carol is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, was the inaugural winner of the NSW Cancer Council award for Excellence in Reporting, and awarded the 2007 Premier’s Public Sector Awards medal. She is married to a research physicist, mother of two children, and has a keen interest in medical research, particularly pertaining to congenital heart disease.

Carol is a member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute Foundation. She also likes smelly cheeses, has a deep and abiding love for crunchy whitebait, has a very bad potty-mouth and thoroughly enjoys being over-connected. She considers her three hours on air at the ABC each day to be therapy. Of a sort. Carol does, however, believe in using her evil powers for good.

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Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends

07/03/2012 - 13:20

photo by Carol Duncan - all rights reserved Are there any kids at your school that you’re glad your own children aren’t friends with? Read full post
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An Immortal Hovering Television for Your Viewing Pleasure

15/12/2011 - 13:02

image by Carol Duncan - all rights reserved Well, we’ve made it through 2011. Almost. Just a few days to go. Read full post
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Bed Wetting in Children - Worrying When They Spring a Leak

30/10/2011 - 13:08

photo by Carol Duncan - all rights reserved I may or may not have a child who still wets the bed. Read full post
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A Stiff Conversation with My Boys

05/08/2011 - 12:55

"No darling, stiffies aren't a type of dog." Read full post
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Letter Reassures me I'm Doing Okay as a Mother

04/07/2011 - 10:39

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. Read full post
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Happiness

03/12/2010 - 05:59

Yes, for me it's all about happiness. And resilience for the times when the happy goes a little astray.

To be truly happy involves so many facets of your life and I fear it is sometimes treated as 'pop psychology'. I suspect, also, that some of our most 'valued societal norms' can in fact be harmful to many people.

Can't change the world, but I can try to guide my lads a little.

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Both really good reasons for

02/12/2010 - 17:31

Both really good reasons for considering what's 'best' for your kids. I swing between the options - public comprehensive, selective, private ... my husband is a very good example of good public education as both an accomplished musician and holding a PhD in applied physics. But I also know of the difficulties he had at school - not really feeling like he'd 'found his tribe' until he started university.

I am, of course, no clearer about this than I was yesterday.

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Sensitive kids

16/11/2010 - 08:26

Hi Sarah,

Your Mr 4 and my Mr 9 have a lot in common. Mr 9 is very bright and can become very distressed when he's being disciplined.

I never use the children's bedrooms as time out or punishment. I want their bedrooms to become their little sanctuaries where they can take themselves for happy things. 'Time out' at our place is on the stairs where the child can be observed and the issue discussed.

I wish I knew what to do about Mr 9's ability to work himself into a state of utter distress ... I heard him one afternoon after getting into trouble for a minor transgression lying on his bedroom floor, crying, screaming and wailing, "I'm the WORST boy in the world! My life is OVER! No-one will EVER trust me!" Oh it was heartbreaking! And I found it quite frightening - what to do?!

He is, of course, a beautiful, well-behaved child who has the ability to beat up on himself. His brother, Mr 7, seems far more resilient.

Sorry I offer no answers! But I think bedrooms being happy, secure, safe places is important.

xx

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Ha! Thank you! I hope you

10/11/2010 - 17:11

Ha! Thank you! I hope you still think that once you've met them!

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The way it should be ...

31/10/2010 - 19:50

I couldn't be prouder of my kids ... except maybe when one lets rip a smelly fart in Big W ... other than that, they're good boys. Boys!

I'm impressed that your grade 2 girl's mother actually STOPPED THE CAR before off-loading her.

And you know what, when I look around my friends, family and colleagues ... well, what an assortment of humanity's quirks we are!

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