My reflections after a closely fought AFL Grand Final. Sometimes we want to protect our kids from disappointment (even when it comes to loses from their team). But there is much to be gained from learning to accept lose – plus learning, as a parent, that we don’t have to solve all our kids ‘problems’. … More It’s not all bad: Parenting through a team defeat (the AFL edition)
When life is busy or transitioning into a different stage, it’s easy to focus on the next step only – one foot after the other. But how do you avoid getting lost in the details and forget the bigger picture – namely, life is to be lived, not just survived? … More Getting stuff done, enjoying the journey and remembering the destination – is it possible to do it all?
I found out yesterday, courtesy of a fellow blogger Emily Hawker, that The Oxford English Dictionary announced the inclusion of an additional thousand words to its next edition. That sparked my interest (yes, it was a prime opportunity for distraction) and I scrolled through the list. You can, too, if you click on the link above. I found … More New English words announced – but there’s still one missing!
Over the horizon, the Mother saw him arriving. Her eyes lit up – could it be that time already? So soon? She felt a slight twinge of guilt about how quickly she was prepared to dismiss her current companion – was she really as fickle as that? The Mother looked across to the creature beside her and thought – yes, … More A Mother’s Own Adventure: You wouldn’t read about it!
Was it the col, wet weather or just the fact that we’ve reached Day 6 of the school holidays? Whatever reason, I’ve had a mother guilt / not keeping my kids busy attack. It’s proving hard to pull back and not over-schedule them. Do you find the same guilt (or something else?) I’d love your feedback! … More Today the holiday guilt started
Source: On Monday night, my kids and I went to two sex education information sessions (one for each child’s year level), hosted by our school. On the same day, I’d been reading a lot of reports about a court decision recently handed down about about a rape that took place over a year ago on the campus of Stamford … More What the Stamford Rape case should reinforce in all parents
The pressure to be the ‘perfect parent’ I never realised before becoming a parent how much judgment exists around parenting. From the time your first baby arrives – no, even prior to that – it’s easy to find yourself bombarded with information, about what you should do during pregnancy, birth, feeding and caring for a young baby. And … More The pros and cons of playdates – and the temptation of insular parenting
My Dad is currently in hospital. He has been there since Saturday, when he was admitted following significant abdominal pains, swelling in his limbs, high temperature and other symptoms I won’t go into. It all happened very suddenly. He will be ok, as it doesn’t seem to be anything ominous, and the various antibiotics he … More Christmas – Life in all its fullness
I’ve been grappling with the issue of failure for a couple of weeks. I’d now like to flip it and look at success. Yes, I know! Soon I’m going to write about something completely superficial – I promise – but I feel like I need to wrap up this series with a little exploration on … More And now I tackle the topic of success … the last in the ‘failure’ series
Source: I’ve been a big believer in speaking out when I think something is unjust, unfair or if people are suffering. You know, following the mantra that ‘if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem’. It’s really easy now to speak out – why wouldn’t you, if you care? … More Choose your words carefully – they can have unforeseen impacts