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‘Welcome to Your Period’ book review

‘Welcome to Your Period’ book review

Yumi Stynes is one of those capable people who do all kinds of things well. She's now written Welcome to Your Period, a book about, you guessed it, starting your period. The book is co-authored with Dr Melissa Kang. Dr Kang is an ex-Dolly Doctor, which is a fact that...

How to stop worrying about what other people think

How to stop worrying about what other people think

There's a theme that keeps coming up the more I talk to my fellow mums about parenting: we worry way too much about being judged. In fact, while we talk a lot about mums of newborns feeling judged, worrying about what other people think seems to become more of a...

Turns out mindfulness requires, ah, mindfulness

Turns out mindfulness requires, ah, mindfulness

I've been on a mindfulness mission this year (I should ® that gem). It's all part of my plan to nourish myself in mind, body and spirit. I recognised that I'm rarely present in the moment. I'm always either fretting over past wrongs or trying to conjure future rights....

Can you really be happy and busy at the same time?

Can you really be happy and busy at the same time?

While impatiently sitting in my car at a set of lights, after rushing from the supermarket, to pick the kids up from school and then off again to someone’s sports practise, I noticed the registration plate of the car in front of me.  It said “IMBUSY”. Article by...

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Yesterday a young friend alerted me to a teen 'support' group that she belongs to. The group is mostly Aussie girls - a few boys, some kids from other countries, but mostly Australian teen girls. The group is a place for them to ask the kinds of questions they are not...

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

This article lists help for teens in Australia, but if you, or someone you know, are in crisis and urgently need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If you are in immediate danger, call 000 right now. List of crisis help for teens in...

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Do you think your child might be a perfectionist? Do they set high standards and then get cranky when they  don't live up to them? Do they expect a lot from others and then get disappointed when they don't cut it? Are they procrastinating over something because...

A mother’s day

A mother’s day

Wake up and remember. All the things I didn't do yesterday. All the things I meant to do today. Never done. In leaps the calvary, to save me from myself. Can I have, can we do, can you not, can I. Yes, no, yes, yes, no and we'll do that tomorrow instead. Never done....

Why I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day (and what I’m doing about it)

Why I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day (and what I’m doing about it)

I don’t like Mother’s Day. There, I’ve said it. You can disagree with me if you like, and in fact I’d love you to! Because even though we have this one thing – motherhood – in common, we’re all different and can enjoy different things in a variety of ways. But the day...

What’s in our first period kit and some thoughts about starting

What’s in our first period kit and some thoughts about starting

There are many commercial first period kit boxes around these days. Which I find quite amusing as, let's face it, there's really not a lot to it. I saw a first period kit that includes such necessary period items as a charm bracelet, cozy socks and even lip balm....

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How to support learning from home when you’re working

How to support learning from home when you’re working

We've all been thrown well and truly in the deep end right now. How are we supposed to support learning from home when we are, in fact, working from home ourselves? We've been doing it for a few days now and day one I. was. done. So done. But I can't be done. And you...

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

This vegie ricotta muffins recipe is from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan is fantastic to have on hand. Make a double batch and freeze them for complete convenience. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of...

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

These here are troubled times and many of us have some very troubled kids on our hands. It's hard to shield them from the COVID-19 news, and as the kids get older we need to ask ourselves if it's even wise to.  "COVID-19 is contagious ... and so is mood," says...

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