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How to make a chatterbox...

How to make a chatterbox…

Maybe it’s because I’m such a chatterbox or I just love words, but I’m often asked how to encourage communication in children, particularly when they are preschool/primary school-aged. I believe that one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child is to listen to them. To really listen. During the busyness of our...
I Can No Longer Love You the Same Way

I Can No Longer Love You the Same Way

You, my darling son, are now 13 years old. You sit on the cusp of manhood. Puberty is in full swing. You have hair growing everywhere, your voice is deep, your shoulders are broadening and you are at least 15 centimetres taller than me. You have become fiercely independent and private. I am tremendously proud...
Losing your right arm...

Losing your right arm…

We’ve made a huge decision. After eight very happy years in our home, we’ve decided to sell it. It’s time for a change. It goes on the market on Wednesday 29 April and I can’t wait to share the details with you, including how we are inching ever closer to our dream of moving permanently to...
Sharenting or, enough already!

Sharenting or, enough already!

A quick share with you this afternoon of an interview I did with ABC Perth on sharenting.* To listen just press play….. What’s your view? Do you think sharing images of your child is OK or a big no-no?  Do you worry about the digital footprint you are creating for them? And yes, I do...
Bittergreens, Dahlias and Double Bass

Bittergreens, Dahlias and Double Bass

Today autumn managed to show herself. She’s been hiding under a shroud of humidity for three weeks and I haven’t liked it, not one little bit. Autumn in New South Wales should be a time of impossibly blue skies, crisp evenings, foggy mornings and a fantastic array of turning leaves of every hue showing off throughout...
A tutor or a house elf?

A tutor or a house elf?

I don’t know about you but I’ve given up pretending that I can help my kids with homework. Their maths now resembles something Sheldon of Big Bang Theory might have on a whiteboard somewhere; wading through Shakespeare is like trying to figure out the rules of a cryptic crossword (Shakespeare should be seen, not read...
94 +12 = an enriched life

94 +12 = an enriched life

A couple of years ago I wrote about the importance of  ‘people variety’ in a child’s life. My view remains that children benefit tremendously from spending time with people who can provide differing experiences to those that they receive with their parents or carers. I think it’s vital that we provide them with access to a rich...
A tale of seven toasters...

A tale of seven toasters…

After nearly 16 years of marriage, I’ve finally accepted that my husband and I take a very different view about the storage capacity of our home. It’s not a deal-breaker, but I can’t tell you how frustrated I get by his ‘depression mentality’, which he doesn’t apply to money as I’m yet to find any...
A letter for my Tweens...

A letter for my Tweens…

My darlings, As the famous Astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “My wonder button is being pushed all the time.” I think that what he meant by this is that it’s great to be alive because the world is full of wonder and it can be found in the simplest of places. It’s not necessarily the...
Basil 101

Basil 101

A few things you might not know about basil including a recipe for my basil insect spray. Basil is the common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum of the family Lamiaceae. It is sometimes referred to as Saint Joseph’s Wort. Mints are also in the Lamiaceae family. I love basil. It’s one of my...
How to fill up a gluten-free Tween

How to fill up a gluten-free Tween

Today I realised that when I was growing up, afternoon tea must have been a battle for Mum. With five children, a loaf of bread could (and would) disappear as quickly as a dropped chip on Manly promenade. The fruit bowl was always crying out to be refilled. Pears were gone in a blink. Bananas rarely...
Mojo and Soba...

Mojo and Soba…

Today I regained my cooking mojo. She had gone AWOL during the summer break, appearing only sporadically, resisting the thought of joining me even when people visited. Mostly, she eagerly handed me the phone to dial take-out or led me to the sandwich maker. Arsey bugger. But with the sun making a welcome return and with a couple of...

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