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My daughter is self harming and I’m so guilty and frightened

My daughter is self harming and I’m so guilty and frightened

Do you feel guilty all the time about the way you have raised your children? I have always felt so guilty from day one: I didn't give my kids enough of my time and I escaped to work as soon as I could, because mothering was so hard. Now my daughter is self harming,...

“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

My name is Rebecca, and I'm the mum of one of "those kids". The ones who don't ever seem to fit in with all the other kids at school. My daughter has no friends, and gets picked on and belittled every day by the other children. Despite what all the anti-bullying...

It took me 10 years, but I’m finally home alone

It took me 10 years, but I’m finally home alone

Stop the presses: I'm a mum home alone. I'm not even kidding, for the past 24 hours not one person has asked me for anything. Actually, that’s not quite accurate, yesterday afternoon my massage therapist asked if the pressure was okay. Not even kidding about the...

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

It can be hard to accept as an adult parenting teens that perhaps you are part of the problem. The ‘problem’ being the repetitive arguments that start with a niggle (bedroom a bombsite, clean laundry chucked into the bottom of the wardrobe), and escalate to a...

I’m just really tired right now, okay?

I’m just really tired right now, okay?

I'm sorry, kids, for being cranky. I'm sorry for being frustrated and swearing under my breath (more than usual). I'm sorry for snapping at you for little things and yelling at you for big things. I'm sorry I haven't got much to say that's pleasant, and I'm sorry I'm...

Why don’t kids get cold and why does it bother us so much?

Why don’t kids get cold and why does it bother us so much?

It's that time of year. The time of year I heat up by nagging my kids to put a @%#&(! jumper on. Drop off this morning, 7ºC: my son in short sleeves, shorts, light cotton. "I'm not cold!" he insists. "Why aren't you cold?" I say. Why don't kids get cold!?! He's...

I’m fairly convinced that parenting gets easier (in some ways)

I’m fairly convinced that parenting gets easier (in some ways)

It feels like I've been having the conversation about whether parenting gets easier or not since my first baby was about six weeks old. The answer to this question was a preoccupation of mine from that moment on right through the toddler years and into the preschool...

Who decides who the cool kids are (and does it really matter anyway?)

Who decides who the cool kids are (and does it really matter anyway?)

What kids think is cool and what adults think is cool are not the same thing. We know this already (fidget spinner, anyone?), but it still amuses when I see a bunch of 'cool kids' doing the least cool thing imaginable (bottle flipping, anyone?). I used to teach Ethics...

Kicking my parenting baggage to the kerb

Kicking my parenting baggage to the kerb

There's a reason that parenting books all feel like a crock after a while. See, they tend to forget that parents are human beings. As much as we might wish to discipline our children with consistency, kindness and patience at all times, the fact is that many, many...

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