Parenting

No Time for Reflection Anymore

I worry. About a lot of things actually. But lately my thoughts have been focusing on the lack of quiet time we all have. You know, standing at the lights, queuing up at the supermarket, passenger in the car, during the boring adverts on tellie…..in every single space that isn’t otherwise occupied. While I honestly […]

Woes of Parenting in the Digital Age – Part I

My beautiful, fantastic, challenging, amazing daughter has a pre-paid mobile phone. She is supposed to do a significant chore every month to earn the money to pay for that month’s credit. Nine times out of ten she doesn’t do the chore, and therefore doesn’t get the credit for her phone. The last time she did […]

A letter from a daughter to her Dad

Dearest Dad, As Father’s Day draws near I’ve been thinking increasingly about you, Mom and our family. It’ll be 15 years this Christmas that Mom died. It seems so long and yet no time at all. I miss her so much. Every. Single Day. But what has made losing my Mom as ok as it […]

School Refusal Sucks!

School Refusal:  the refusal to attend school due to emotional distress. School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead.* I hated high school but as a student […]

Harry Potter Saved My Family

31st July is the birthday of the Chosen One. He turns 37* (OMG how did that happen?!?). Harry has been in my life for 20 years. Actually it’s my longest relationship. I wonder if Harry knows that….? While the girls, Danielle and I have a shared love of a few of my other interests/obsessions (Star […]

13 Reasons Why I Read This Book

I had planned on doing a lighthearted blog this week. However given the controversy surrounding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” I felt I should address this subject as a children’s book specialist, and a parent of a teen who has threatened suicide. If you haven’t heard the fracas surrounding this new series then you must be living […]

Picture books about difficult topics

As parents it’s our job, nay our duty to protect our children. Within that umbrella of protection we often shelter our children from the harsh realities of life. Unless specifically required, very few parents pick up social-emotional books that deal with complex situations. Even then we are often find that adults think these amazing books […]

2 weeks to recover from child birth

We do not allow new mothers enough time to recover after the birth of their child. They are virtually shunted straight out of hospital as soon as the baby is popped out and both are “medically” sound, and expected to just get on with it. Unlike days of yore, (or days of now in countries […]

Give your kids more screen time. Seriously.

Screen Time. Two words sure to strike fear in any parent. Since we were children we had it drummed into us that more than 2 hours a day of screen time would be detrimental. Now exactly how does that look in today’s digital landscape? It’s PIXILATED! Figuring out what is the optimal screen time for […]

Our School System is BROKEN!

Sitting at home Sunday night I was extremely surprised when a subject close to my heart appeared on 60 Minutes (Channel 9) – “Can Do Better.” It’s only 15 minutes long and worth every minute. To summarise Channel 9: – The Australian education system is declining. – Our global rankings in maths, reading and science […]