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Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Yesterday a young friend alerted me to a teen 'support' group that she belongs to. The group is mostly Aussie girls - a few boys, some kids from other countries, but mostly Australian teen girls. The group is a place for them to ask the kinds of questions they are not...

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

This article lists help for teens in Australia, but if you, or someone you know, are in crisis and urgently need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If you are in immediate danger, call 000 right now. List of crisis help for teens in...

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Do you think your child might be a perfectionist? Do they set high standards and then get cranky when they  don't live up to them? Do they expect a lot from others and then get disappointed when they don't cut it? Are they procrastinating over something because...

A mother’s day

A mother’s day

Wake up and remember. All the things I didn't do yesterday. All the things I meant to do today. Never done. In leaps the calvary, to save me from myself. Can I have, can we do, can you not, can I. Yes, no, yes, yes, no and we'll do that tomorrow instead. Never done....

Why I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day (and what I’m doing about it)

Why I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day (and what I’m doing about it)

I don’t like Mother’s Day. There, I’ve said it. You can disagree with me if you like, and in fact I’d love you to! Because even though we have this one thing – motherhood – in common, we’re all different and can enjoy different things in a variety of ways. But the day...

What’s in our first period kit and some thoughts about starting

What’s in our first period kit and some thoughts about starting

There are many commercial first period kit boxes around these days. Which I find quite amusing as, let's face it, there's really not a lot to it. I saw a first period kit that includes such necessary period items as a charm bracelet, cozy socks and even lip balm....

5 ways to build your parental resilience

5 ways to build your parental resilience

Resilience is a hot topic, almost always in the context of our children. But what about parental resilience? It makes sense that resilient parents have a better chance of raising resilient kids. Schools and parents are doing everything possible to increase the...

6 good books about starting your period

6 good books about starting your period

Can you imagine what it was like starting your period back in the days when nobody talked about periods? Perhaps you would wake in the night to blood-soaked sheets and the thought that you had died in the night and are now a ghost, floating above the murder scene. Or...

5 gentle ways to for mums to practise self-kindness

5 gentle ways to for mums to practise self-kindness

A massive chunk of our role as mums is to be kind. But, while we get very good at treating others well, sometimes we forget to do the same for ourselves. Self-kindness is just not on a mother's To Do list as much as it should be. That was definitely me for a long...

Me-time vs we-time: the fundamental importance of both

Me-time vs we-time: the fundamental importance of both

I spent my children's early years craving me-time - it's what mums do. Amidst the jungle of raising three little kids with big needs, I would raze space for myself. A half hour here to grocery shop alone (the things mothers of very young children find indulgent are...

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You're going to love this slow cooker butter chicken. My kids love butter chicken but before we all decided that butter was a good thing (happy days), I used to panic at the thought of them eating it. It just sounds so… lardy. Then I discovered that butter chicken...

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Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Many of us are (rightfully) focused on taking care of our health, eating nourishing whole foods and trying to be active … while meditating and flossing and taking some time of disconnection, away from devices. These are each a wonderful act of self-care, and they...

How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

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