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“I can’t tell my friend that her kid is smoking weed”

“I can’t tell my friend that her kid is smoking weed”

A lot of my daughter's friends are using weed. I know this for a fact because I've let the kids smoke at our place when we weren't there. I figured I would rather they were safe in our backyard than bonging on in some park somewhere. If a kid is smoking weed, it's...

6 ways I’ve changed how I’m parenting the teen years

6 ways I’ve changed how I’m parenting the teen years

Whenever I mention that I have three highschoolers I'm bound to hear, "OMG, you are braaaaave!". People used to say it in exactly the same way when I told them I had three kids under five. It seems that having your kids close together instantly makes you 'brave' and...

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

You know the letter, the one that says your contract is about to expire and here are the new rates? The letter you place in a file or drop in a pile and ignore? It’s the letter that fills you with dread because you know that deep down (read: immediately) you should...

My new parenting mantra: focus on the process

My new parenting mantra: focus on the process

In an effort to get healthier and stop feeling old (yes, it has come to this), I've been reading a lot about health and wellbeing. I'm newly obsessed with websites like Outside, The Growth Equation and Trained.  Will this turn me into a late-onset athlete? Will...

How to be someone others want to be around

How to be someone others want to be around

I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. To be a connected, fulfilled person, we have to be someone others want to be around. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy...

How to reboot your social life on your terms

How to reboot your social life on your terms

As restrictions ease across Australia and we all feel The Busy reentering our lives, it's worth considering how much you really need to reboot your social life. During these months of social distancing, some of us have rejoiced in our empty calendars. Others of us...

The best advice my mother ever gave me

The best advice my mother ever gave me

Happy mother's day, mums! I'm celebrating my 16th MD this year. My first was the day after my son was born, way back in 2004. I was recovering from a 40-hour labour and Max was already showing signs of being a "non-sleeper" (as the midwives so mildly put it). To say I...

“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...

A very rough guide to the high school years

A very rough guide to the high school years

Some parents worry a lot about which high school to send their child to, while most don’t have a choice and go local. Parents analyse schools for their results, attitudes, cohort, reputation, ‘values’, uniforms and much more. Just remember what’s important to you...

Try Peaceful Parenting to help calm the farm

Try Peaceful Parenting to help calm the farm

There is no such thing as stress-free parenting. Peaceful parenting isn’t a place with no stress, but a place where you take the stress as it comes, in stride, and don’t let it rule you. You let it flow through you, and then smile, and breathe, and give your child a...

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50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

Remember when you used to suffer through the 27th showing of Finding Nemo, just to do the whole 'family movie night' thing with the kids? I reckon I can still quote that movie from beginning to end (and we still all laugh at how my middle used to be terrified during...

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