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

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How to Cope with Bored Children During the School Holidays

It happened again. And, once more, I wasn't prepared. In the week leading up to the school holidays I let myself fantasise about lazy mornings and no schedules. About no school uniforms to wash and no lunch boxes to pack. The kids race through the front door after the last day of term, bristling with a … Continue reading How to Cope with Bored Children During the School Holidays

“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

5 Treatments You May Need to Stop Giving Your Children

As a mother, I always find myself turning straight to the medicine cupboard when one of my children is sick. Desperate to fix them, desperate to keep my child well and healthy. And then, as a pharmacist, I go to work and ironically find myself encouraging people not to take medications. After more than sixteen … Continue reading 5 Treatments You May Need to Stop Giving Your Children

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 Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time

The very first thing I lost, when I became a mother, was my time. I tried to hold onto vague memories of sitting with a book for hours, and wandering the shops for an afternoon, but I was soon overwhelmed by how much time it actually took to take care of just one tiny baby. Fast forward a few … Continue reading The Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time

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

How to Manage the Daylight Savings Adjustment with Children

With the fall of the months, my daughter was five months old when I had to negotiate the Daylight Savings adjustment for the first time as a mother. My baby was already a shocking cat-napper, and she was just entering a stage of waking more often during the night. The thought of yet more disruption and … Continue reading How to Manage the Daylight Savings Adjustment with Children