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September 19, 2017

For a lot of children, life can be fun and full of surprise and adventure. 

But for an increasing number of children, life can be stressful and filled with anxious thoughts. For Beatrice Bottomwell, life must be done 'just right' as she NEVER makes mistakes. 

Join Beatri...

August 27, 2017

Ooshies. The latest hysteria inducing trend in the world of Year 2 boys. Preceded by Bey Blades. Preceded by Pokemon cards. You get it. Some of these fads arrive faster than my most recent kilo on the scales! But unlike my unwanted kilos that stick around, some of thes...

August 12, 2017

Captain Brave. That's his new name. And my goodness you should see his smile when I call him that. 

Today was a bit of a landmark day in our house. My superhero seven year old came up with the idea that he would like to ride the "Storm Coaster",  Seaworld's highest and...

April 20, 2017

Rape and sexual assault are criminal offences in Australia. 

Suicide is a tragic act that leaves a trail of devastation behind. 

Yet if your child or young person has been watching the latest Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why", they will have been exposed to graphic depict...

February 23, 2017

If you're starting to feel anxious and you've got ten seconds to spare, try naming as many ice cream flavours as you can. 

This month's issue of Prevention magazine says that this simple task, uses a technique known as 'grounding', which can help bring your brain a...

February 18, 2017

Every now and then there’s a movie that puts a fire in my soul.  

“Hidden Figures” is one of those. It seems to go from strength to strength, honouring equal rights, step parents and good leadership just to touch on a few.

And while I was truly touched by the scene at th...

February 16, 2017

Most of my friends have had the experience of consoling me after I have been dealing with my daughter’s strength. “The force is strong with this one” seems to be a blissful statement that doesn’t even begin to touch on her perception of her capabilities.

I was fighting...

February 13, 2017

If you have children who attend a particular Gold Coast private school, you know about the Lion at the front of the school. I noticed this week that his back is becoming shiny and smooth from all the attention he gets on a very regular basis.  Our children call him Asl...

February 12, 2017

It was worth the wait. 5 years and nearly 1 month it took. But there were definitely moments, when it didn’t seem that way. Let me explain.

My eldest child is a very, very picky eater. Same routine as usual, before I had my own children, I insisted that these children w...

February 5, 2017

3 simple words.

Could have gone either way.

But I’m happy to say it went smoothly.

I was at the local pool the other day with my two small children and they were exuberantly playing in the toddler pool. Splashing around there were giggles aplenty. And….they were outnumber...