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It’s raining, but at least it’s not raining bullets

It’s raining, but at least it’s not raining bullets

"I used to love the rain, but now I hate it so much. Why won't it stop raining?!" my youngest moans. "At least it's not raining bullets," I answer. Perhaps a little too abruptly, but I've honestly run out of patience.  I hate the rain, too. Unlike my daughter,...

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint

When my kids were little, I used to be eager to get to the 'next phase'. Next stop rolling, walking, talking, solids, potty, preschool, letters, school, sight words, reading... On and on it went. I didn't yet realise that parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. When we...

Dear Children: Here’s an easy way to make your mum feel better

Dear Children: Here’s an easy way to make your mum feel better

Here's the thing, my darling kiddos. You definitely do need to do something to make your mum feel better. Parenting is a bloody frustrating gig. No one does what they say they'll do, when they said they'd do it. "In a minute" is the phrase a mother is most likely to...

5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

5 ways to go high when your kid goes low

It's seriously hard to Michelle Obama it in and go high when your kid goes low, or is that just me? Nothing pushes my buttons quite like an ungrateful, privileged kid trying to tell me how the world works. Worse, an ungrateful, privileged kid who we have raised to be...

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Collective wisdom for thriving as a single mother

Jacinta Tynan has a new book out that is full of love for being a single mother. The Single Mother's Social Club is both a dispenser of practical parenting advice and tissues. Jacinta herself has been a single mum of two boys for years, a role she prioritises over her...

What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

There are plenty of frustrated parents out there who are tired of hearing their child grunt 'professional gamer' whenever they are asked about future ambitions. Pro gamer? Is that even a thing? Or is wanting to become a professional gamer simply an excuse to play...

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

Oh boy, where to begin!? Do I just come out and say it? I hate that my daughter has a sex life. There you go, it's out, just like that. I hate, hate, hate it. This post was written by an anonymous Mumlyfe reader To begin, I never thought I'd write an anonymous story...

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

So many of us have experienced the heartache of learning that our tween or teen is being bullied. In fact, three in five Australian kids will experience bullying at school or online. It's a painful feeling of helplessness, sadness and dread. We know how this is...

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Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Years ago, when the children were small and there were only two of them, we would talk about our best and worst parts of the day at dinnertime. Gathered around our timber dining table, a candle burning, night falling, we started a tradition that has since become a...

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

If you've got a high school-aged kid, chances are that the Netflix show Heartstopper will be on your radar. Everyone is watching it. Everyone is falling in love with it. And that's a very good thing indeed. It may as well be called Heartwarmer, because this show is...

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

I've fallen so far behind in everything in life (I know you've been there). I was supposed to introduce you to this marvellous apple and blackberry pie from Sophie Hanson's new book at least a month ago. Yet here we are. Don't let my delayed introduction put you off...

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