Is my child ready for childcare?

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It’s easy to write about things with the benefit of hindsight. It’s easy to pretend to be well-travelled when you’ve already lived through, experienced, managed, failed, juggled, drowned in or triumphed over certain of life’s offerings. So I’m challenging myself to write about something while I’m right in the middle of it, tripping over it…I’m not certain that my baby boy is ready for nursery. Continue reading

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Baltic amber necklaces for teething – hogwash?

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Both of my children really teeth. There is no easy arrival of a tooth. Each is preceded by weeks of drooling, irritability, biting hands, biting anything, refusing food, refusing sippy cups, interrupted sleep, inconsolable crying, nappy rash, horrible poos, and an insatiable desperation for boob and snuggles. My partner jokingly threatened to leave me if I bought my daughter one of the amber necklaces so many of my friends had around their teeny children’s necks in London. He thought the whole thing was laughingly ridiculous, with no scientific merit whatsoever, on a par with homeopathy which he also considers ludicrous. Continue reading

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A Fair Weather Blogger – In the midst of the mire of motherhood

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I didn’t create this blog last year with a view to only writing when things were rosy. I thought it would be a good, bad and the ugly type affair. But it seems I haven’t written since October. I have been very aware of not writing. The not writing has almost been an active past time. I have been at war with myself and struggling with who I was, who I now am and who I want to be in the midst of the mire of motherhood. Continue reading

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I’d hate to be an asylum seeker coming to Australia by boat

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It seems that the same refugee conversation has been going on for many years now in Australia. If one takes a moment to Google the asylum issue, it appears that there are a huge number of articles and forums debating this hot topic. Much of the discussion is regurgitated slogans and headlines, policies and opinions but rarely is any of it couched in any real evidence and most of it entirely overlooks the reality of the asylum seeker’s predicament. Asylum seekers are dehumanised. The voting public has virtually no contact with them, as they’re hidden away in detention centres and their faces barely make it into the news. We are rarely exposed to their plight. To really get to grips with the issues, we either need to immerse ourselves in a refugee community to see for ourselves how these people have come to be here, or we need to dig a little deeper for some genuine information; some facts and figures. It really did not take me long to source some government figures from the past five or so years, which paint a very interesting picture indeed about the actual numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat as opposed to those who arrive by air, about their countries of origin, and the percentages of those who have been granted protection visas. The numbers speak for themselves. Continue reading

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Babies are hard work for the first twelve months

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My girl turned three a week or so ago. HOW. THE. HELL. DID. THAT. HAPPEN? I’m not saying it flew by. I have felt every minute of these past three years, particular the last nine months with the arrival of one small brother. I guess I just mean that now she’s a walking, talking, singing, whirling, twirling, colourful, imaginative, creative, stubbornly independent, demanding, challenging, engaging, frustrating, intelligent wee force of nature…well suddenly she’s kinda way more interesting. Continue reading

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Savoury courgetty, cheesy, olivey, hammy muffins

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I went to a friend’s house for morning tea recently and rather than bake a cake or cupcakes or cookies, she had made some absolutely delicious savoury muffins. I’m a savoury girl. Love a bit of cake but would go savoury by choice. So she gave me her recipe and today, as I had a couple of gals over with their bubs, I thought I’d put it to the test. I was missing some ingredients so I substituted with others and added a few extras in for good measure. They were a hit with biggies and liddlies alike and I’m currently baking a fresh batch for the freezer. Great finger food for bubs, toddlers and mums on the go. Continue reading

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Gina Ford: Two Dirty Words… and a confession

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‘Gina Ford’. Two dirty words. If you follow her routines and schedules you must not have a motherly instinct in your body, right? Your poor, poor babies are fed on a schedule and put to bed or woken up at certain times of the day and night, regardless of what they might appear to want. Mothered by Hitler. Poor baby… There’s something so very uncool about Gina isn’t there? No children of her own for a start. Actually, there’s something uncool about admitting that you are routiney and that you don’t just roll with your baby’s every punch. I think some folk assume that if you endorse Gina or follow a schedule, you somehow relinquish responsibility for making your own decisions based on your own maternal/parental instincts for your own child…. Continue reading

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My blog post featured on Mamapedia.com

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My earlier blog post, “I Do Not Love Being A Mum” is featured today on the big American mum site mamapedia.com in their Voices section. I’m quite chuffed a it’s the first little thing I’ve sent out there and truly didn’t expect to hear back. The editor has chopped it down a tad because I do like to bang on a bit but in general it is the full shebang! Continue reading

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Five Minute Friday: Present

I was inspired by another blog I chanced upon where … Continue reading…

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Sugar-free banana and fruit muffins/cake – baby finger food and toddler snack

My daughter was a fairly fussy eater in the early days. Now she is great (most of the time). But back then I had to get creative because she largely refused purees but was interested in finger foods. I didn’t have the patience for pure baby led weaning, but I was up for finger foods in a big way…sneaking in mushed stuff whenever I could. This sugar-free recipe is a fantastic way of getting fruit into your bubbas and toddlers. Mae went for these muffins in a big way and I always had a batch in the freezer for quick defrosting. Continue reading

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