The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Another early morning. Another pair of grey-socked feet slipped into polished shoes. Another packed lunch tossed into the waiting backpack. Another normal school day. My son took up his post in the window to watch for the bus while I finished tying up my daughter's hair. She was right there with me, but somehow, that morning, I felt that she … Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

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When I First Became the Mother of a Mother

I had been a mother for a little over eight years when I first became the mother of a mother. I felt more than ready. I felt confident, even. But after we moved to our rural property and welcomed a very spirited rescue kitten into our family, I would soon come to realise that I was not at … Continue reading When I First Became the Mother of a Mother

To the Mother at the Swimming Pool with Her Autistic Daughter

I didn't notice you when I first arrived at the local aquatic centre. Amongst the usual commotion of scuttling children and bustling parents, I was too distracted by my two excited little boys, each racing off in different directions. Although I'm at the pool every Wednesday afternoon, taking my sons to their swimming lessons, today was the first time I'd seen … Continue reading To the Mother at the Swimming Pool with Her Autistic Daughter

Why Making New Mum Friends can be More Stressful than Dating

I check my outfit one last time, hoping it will be appropriate for the event, and while feeling every last knot of nerves in my stomach, I grab my bag and buckle my 3 year old into his car seat. The bright morning sunshine lifts my spirits. Although I'm an introvert, I really enjoy meeting new … Continue reading Why Making New Mum Friends can be More Stressful than Dating

“Please Don’t Shout at Me” – What Your Child Wants You to Know

You communicate with me, and connect with me in more ways than you realise. With your eyes when you look at my treasured fish drawings. With your ears when you listen to me singing my songs about lizards. With your touch when you hug me goodnight with a squeezy cuddle for the eleventh time. And with your voice … Continue reading “Please Don’t Shout at Me” – What Your Child Wants You to Know

What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

Forward: Our life literally changed forever when, in 2011, my paramedic husband was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, he is no longer able to work in any profession that may trigger his symptoms, and unfortunately many aspects of day-to-day life cause him intense anxiety. Speaking with children about illness (in our case, mental … Continue reading What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

The Night Our Kids Discovered That We’re Awesome

At a time that is usually bristling with stress and anger, is there anything better than an impromptu moment of hilarity with your children? Dinner time. And a special treat for dessert that night - a few tasty sweets each. Predictably, our three kids each selected and devoured their sweet quotas in an instant. Their … Continue reading The Night Our Kids Discovered That We’re Awesome