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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...

Great ideas for lockdown school holidays from a happiness expert

Great ideas for lockdown school holidays from a happiness expert

Lockdown school holidays are upon us again. In pre-pandemic days, many parents and carers would be busily planning holidays interstate or overseas, booking in play dates, organising day trips or tee-ing up visits to family and friends. Instead, a significant amount of...

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

We know that we need to talk to teens about consent. Actually, we need to talk to all kids about consent. It needs to be a routine discussion, where we ask them things like, "Do you mind if I give you a hug?" and they get to say "Not today" and that's the end of the...

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

Are you like me - a discarded parent looking for ideas on how to bond with your teen? Sometimes we can go a full week without so much as a good morning from our self-absorbed teenagers. When I asked Mumlyfe readers what they most needed advice on when raising older...

3 important things thriving families do

3 important things thriving families do

A thriving family is a happy, connected family where each member feels respected and heard. Of course, every family has its ups and downs, its tensions and challenges, and its good days and bad. Parents get frustrated and kids fight. There are misunderstandings, hurt...

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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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