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Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

It sux, I know, it's never nice to be 'trapped' in your own home with your kids. Stop the carousel, I wanna get off!!!! But wait. Before you drown in a vat of despair, let's pause a moment. As the great sage (someone, somewhere) said, "It is what it is." We can't...

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

Mums of babies and younger kids seem to share their day-to-day story all the time, but after that... crickets. In an effort to hear more from mums of older kids, we're sharing this new series called How Mothers Work. We've asked mums we admire to tell us how they make...

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Jacinta Tynan has a new book out that is full of love for being a single mother. The Single Mother's Social Club is both a dispenser of practical parenting advice and tissues. Jacinta herself has been a single mum of two boys for years, a role she prioritises over her...

The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

There's something to be said for a bubble bath when you've had an exhausting day. Nothing quite like sinking into those popping bubbles, preferably with a glass of bubbles to accompany your little time out. That said, when it comes to nourishing self-care these days,...

5 characteristics I think ‘good’ parents need

5 characteristics I think ‘good’ parents need

Good parents work hard at raising well-adjusted adults. It looks different for everyone, but some things increase your happiness along the way. I've often written that no matter what the tween and teen years have thrown up on me, I'd still take them over the 0-5...

7 strategies for when you’re DONE with parenting

7 strategies for when you’re DONE with parenting

AAaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. I'm so DONE with parenting right now. I can't even think straight, I'm so very, very done. I know you get it. You're reading this article, for a start. Plus you're the parent of an...

Saving us from perimenopause, one Hot Flush at a time

Saving us from perimenopause, one Hot Flush at a time

Nobody ever signs up for perimenopause, and yet, here we are. Is it not enough that we've already been through puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and Year 9? Is. it. not. enough? Apparently, it isn't. Just when you start to relax a little, our bodies throw this ghastly...

Happy people raise happy kids

Happy people raise happy kids

After almost a decade of writing about parenting, and 16 years as a parent myself, there's only one thing I know for sure: happy people raise happy kids. It makes sense, of course. While there's no doubt that happy people can and do raise unhappy kids (we have all...

I’m in my 50th year and I’m feeling fiiiiiiiine

I’m in my 50th year and I’m feeling fiiiiiiiine

I'm going to turn 50 in less than a year - making this my goddamn 50th year on the planet - and that scares me far less than I ever imagined. In fact, right up to when I moved from 'mid' to 'late' forties, there was a huge amount of angst involved with each birthday....

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

I remember writing an article years ago where I said that holidays when you're a mum are just the same sh*t, different location. Nothing has changed. In order to take a week off during an actual holiday, we'd need to go somewhere remote without the family. Somewhere...

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6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

We recently published an extract from Dr Ginni Mansberg and Jo Lamble's new book The New Teen Age that really struck a chord with many readers. After reading about the impact of reduced sleep on teens, a few mums even wrote to us to say that they were now freaking...

Besto scrolls: simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls recipe

Besto scrolls: simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls recipe

I've called these besto scrolls because they are simply the best pesto and cheese scrolls ever. You may not have known there was a hierarchy of pesto scrolls, but there is. Let me tell you, these ones are at the top of the heap. There are quite a number of reasons for...

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

How we handle drugs and alcohol at teen parties

Teen parties are terrifying. While in most states it's actually not illegal to serve alcohol to minors in your home*, it's not what most parents want. I don't know about you, but I have zero interest in young kids getting smashed in my backyard. Which is why, despite...

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