Self-Kindness

Back when I had my first baby, I didn’t have preconceived notions of how good or bad I would be at this parenting gig. I knew it would be hard. I knew from friends and family with kids, from the media and from my work with families over the years.

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Props for Me

It’s the second week of school holidays and I have no day care this week. A few weeks back due to how under the weather I was, this would have been my worst nightmare (as you may have picked up from what I wrote at the time). But it’s just

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As Big As You Are

Women are so amazing. Have I mentioned that before? I’ve had a week spent listening to and talking with some truly magnificent women and it’s just been freaking inspiring. And it’s made me think a bit about how we as women try to make ourselves smaller in so many ways.

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Making a Little List

It’s been a pretty full on week. First I ate that bad burger and it a little bit wrote off the weekend. It also meant I was pretty wrecked from the get go. During and following that episode I’ve had a tantrum-happy toddler with the sniffles who’s not keen to

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I Get a Little Bit Closer…

I feel like I need to very quickly qualify something from my previous little article. I said in it that I found parenting manageable. Now, I said that because I have some background knowledge in child development and am a second-time around parent this time. So what I meant to

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Husbands… lol…

I feel I’m about to say something a bit controversial here, but I also think I cannot be the only one who feels it. Babies are so much easier than husbands. Not that kids are easy in general by the way, just easi-ER. The role I play in raising my

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Burn Out, Guilt and Eating the Damn Ice Cream

I’m a bit tired of reading about how to fix ‘Mummy Burn Out’ lately. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because I’m burnt out. And although I appreciate the well-meaning suggestions of those writers, there’s simply not enough ice cream or cups of tea in a quiet room to sort

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Build Them Up

I recently watched a stand-up comedy special by Chris Rock on Netflix in which he said that parents need to stop telling their children that they are special. It was so worth watching. And I really do see his point and what he means from his own world-view. Certainly it’s

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Stupid Anxious Brain

Yesterday I sat down to write something that was quite representative of my optimistic side. Which frankly is the side of myself I present to people most often and is the one I work best with. It helps me cope with this big old scary, beautiful, intense world (we’ve all

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For the Love of Mothers

I saw an article the other day online written by a woman who felt that she did not belong in a Mothers Group when she first became a parent and as such ditched them at a pretty early opportunity. Now, I don’t have anything against that in principle- everyone has

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