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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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Blessings - A Visit with Dainere Anthoney

20/09/2010 - 13:38

I've written about the beautiful Dainere Anthoney for happy Read full post

Bedtime Rituals, Bedtime Toys, Sleeping Buddies

23/08/2010 - 11:17

Just like your kids, my two sons are entirely different individuals in every possible way. One of them loves fish, the other doesn't. One likes jelly snakes, the other likes chocolate. Read full post

Sibling Rivalry - Brothers, Mothers and Manlets

05/08/2010 - 14:37

Wow, isn't this potentially murky territory?  The love/hate relationship we can have with our own flesh and blood. Read full post

The Girl Who Gave Me a Rainbow

07/07/2010 - 21:17

I've done some tough interviews in my 20 year broadcasting career.  Politicians, world leaders, superstars, mums, dads, kids, cops, rich, poor ... Read full post

Motherhood and Guilt - Are They Inseparable?

05/07/2010 - 18:39

Here we go, another working mother ranting about how hard it is to be a working mother.   Read full post

Carol's Latest Comments View all

Police negotiations continue

24/08/2010 - 07:43

Dear Auntie Sophie,

I have never travelled overseas with my kids. The longest trip I've ever done is a drive from Newcastle to Sydney when the youngest one was a baby.

It took seven and a half hours.

This is a trip that would usually take maybe two. Three if the traffic at the Sydney end was really bad.

I'm thinking about heading to Istanbul for a month next year.

I've already decided to leave The Ninja and The Bird with their Auntie Soph - don't worry, youll *love* them!

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23/08/2010 - 19:58

Sarah - many years ago, long before becoming a parent, I read an article in which Bob Geldof and his then wife Paula Yates talked about having bought a bunch of king size mattresses and put them on the floor next to each other. Result? One great big bed!

And take heart about the age limit or otherwise. I have a thoroughly hilarious response on Twitter from a mother whose 20 year old daughter still has her teddy. Apparently her boyfriend is bemused .....

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Bed buddies

23/08/2010 - 13:36

LOL at your pongy quilty! Sounds like a job for the museum conservator!

More items for the kids' 'treasure boxes' that I've hidden at the top of the wardrobes.

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Parenting styles vs grandparents

23/08/2010 - 09:13

What an interesting article! Our two boys respond very differently to parental authority, and differently to each of their parents! There's a lot of 'good cop, bad cop' goes on around here and it all seems to work well in the end.


The grandparents 'did things differently' in their day and it drives me to distraction.

Most recently, one of our family's 'traditions' was thoroughly usurped and I'm very upset about it.

When the boys were very little, we always had friends around for birthday parties. Now that they are a little older and like to go places and see things, we offer a choice: birthday party at home or a weekend away somewhere. For the last couple of years, the boys have chosen the weekend away option, and we've been to some wonderful places. This has worked well for us as parents as we both work fulltime so, quite frankly, it's easier to go away and more fun for all four of us.

But the boys came home from a visit with grandparents recently and informed me that Grandparent X informed them they should be allowed to do BOTH! Have a party AND have a weekend away!

I feel totally undermined and now that the kids have the idea in their heads, it isn't going away.

I am furious!


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08/08/2010 - 08:50

Hi Sarah,

Aren't we funny animals. I don't remember ever longing for a sister as all the friends I knew who had one seemed to fight with them! LOL My eldest brother got married when I was about 9 and I instantly fell in love with his wife - they divorced years ago but I still love her, she's a wonderful woman. Of course her two children, my niece and nephew, are now grown with their own families.

You know those occasions when you go out somewhere and your kids decided that THIS is the day that they'll arc up and be utter horrors to each other? Mine don't do it very often, thank heavens, and I'm always mortified when they do.

Strangely, I love it when other people's kids are rotten to each other because it reminds me just how much like everyone else we really are.

Our kids are works-in-progress, we can try to guide, try to shape, but ultimately they will find their own path.

Hopefully without taking too much skin off on the way!


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