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The Absentee Parent

Um… Are your parents home? Have you noticed there aren’t many parents around on TV these days? Sure, every now and then you get the odd older sibling. Or if parents do exist

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Planning for Mistakes

Raising a human being is tricky business. Maybe you find it as easy as spreading melted butter on hot bread. For me, there have been those moments, but there have been moments when

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It Ain’t That Bad

If you are like most parents, the first few days of the school holidays are great. Time off with the whole family brings much needed bonding and grounding. Then…without

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Becoming Mum

The day I found out I was pregnant filled me with equal parts of joy and fear. I was living 15,000kms away from my momma and even though I had the best mother-in-law in the world,

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All Grown Up

My son turned 18. Apparently, he is now a man. He voted in our last election and in some countries around the world, he could be drafted into mandatory military service. Of

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Working with our stress and anger as parents

When faced with the stresses of family life we can sometimes feel overwhelmed and alone. It can feel like we really have not had sufficient training or preparation for being a

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You’re not the boss of me! Children who want to be in charge

“You’re not the boss of me!” Is this a phrase that sounds familiar to you? It is often hurled at a parent, by a miniature rebel, with little fists on hips, body leaning forward,

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The secret to being a joyful parent

Being a parent, or grandparent, can be a lot of fun but it can also involve a great deal of stress especially when our children don’t do what we would like them to do. Recently, I

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