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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...

What to do when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher

What to do when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher

One of the hardest things when you have kids in school is when your kid just doesn’t like the teacher. It's a daunting prospect, especially at the start of a school year. Your child can feel overwhelmed, sad, frustrated and downright scared.  I'm a mum of two...

21+ things to know about starting high school

21+ things to know about starting high school

When your kid is starting high school, it's almost as daunting as when they started 'big school'. Because, let's face it, high school is the real big school. Starting high school is the beginning of both the end and the beginning. Yup, it's a very confusing time. My...

The anxious mum guide to back to school

The anxious mum guide to back to school

Anxiety over change can be triggered by anything. A new school routine, going on holiday, changing jobs, moving house. Any routine change can mess with your brain-space. Yep, back to school is torture for this anxious mum. Basically, I just get my knicks in a knot...

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

10 reasons why mums stop talking about parenting

There's a very clear reason why we launched Mumlyfe in February 2018: mums stop talking about parenting. There's just not a lot being said about parenting the over fives out there. It was really clear to me as a parenting writer because I found myself writing...

Some strategies to help you worry less

Some strategies to help you worry less

Many mothers feel they worry too much and want to worry less. Worry is actually a natural response to thinking about the future and anticipating events. So it's natural to worry about the way we are parenting our kids, their future, our future, and whether we are...

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

The idea of "mindfulness for kids" has been floated around for a while now (no pun intended!). The Smiling Mind app has been an entry into mindfulness for kids for many Australian (and international) families. My nine-year-old uses it and both my boys are aware of...

The (hopeful) end of the angry mum

The (hopeful) end of the angry mum

I was an angry mum for way too long. It actually felt like my set-point was angry mum - I was just constantly angry and the little respites of not being angry started to get further and further apart. I regularly yelled and felt justified in the yelling. I felt...

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

Once you've worked out when your kids are ready to be left home alone, it's important to do some planning and have an emergency strategy in place before you go. This Home Alone checklist can help, but remember to consider every aspect of your own home and general...

I’m not ready for high school (but my son seems to be)

I’m not ready for high school (but my son seems to be)

My eldest son Max says he’s ready for high school. “We’re forming a gang, Mum,” he tells me. “It’s gonna have all the boys from my class who are going to our high school in it. We might ask other boys on the first day too. There’s gonna be 20, maybe even 100 year 7...

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Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

10 ways to make today a good day

10 ways to make today a good day

When the slog of it all, this epic trek through quicksand that life so often is; when it all gets too much, we need to have a really good day. In fact, we need to make TODAY a good day. You know what it’s like. Life is frantically whizzing by and we start to...

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