I have always taken a conservative approach to extra-curricular activities, believing that children should have as much free play time as possible in childhood. I stuck by this for a long time, waiting until my two oldest children began expressing an interest in sport.
Over 20 years ago, when I was a new parent with my baby in my arms, I looked across the street into the dining room window of my neighbor’s house. Every evening, there was a candle lit, and I could see the adults at
I recently had to return to work full-time after seven years at home with my three children. I knew going back would be a challenge on many levels, but I also knew that I was well fortified. I have family and friends to support
My milk is slowly diminishing. My sweet baby boy is active, busy, too interested in the world around him to breastfeed non-stop like he used to. We still have our moments, daily, but they are slowly spreading out. He doesn’t spend as much time
As parents, feeding our children is one of the main aspects of our caretaking, and of course we want to do it right. Unfortunately, what should be a simple and pleasant task can turn into a confusing experience. Advice from nutrition experts can be
I have five children, and five children is a lot in these modern times. Five children means a larger car, a hard and expensive time booking holiday accommodation and mountains of washing and food. It means four school lunches to pack each morning and
Recently, my two-year-old son was separated from my mother-in-law whilst at the shopping mall. It took thirty minutes for him to be found: he was happily wandering around, quite a large distance away from where they first became separated. Apparently he very happily took
I’ve been trying to write about my struggle with postpartum depression for many weeks. I begin to write. Stop. Begin again. The truth is, I’m afraid to write these words. I’m afraid to have even felt these feelings. Never before has my façade of
In natural birth and Attachment Parenting circles, it seems to be de rigueur to have siblings at subsequent births. This practice has become more than just a fad relegated to more alternative women. I hear women everywhere discussing issues around siblings at their upcoming
“We’re all always doing the best we can.” Channeling some wise Zen master from another lifetime, my husband tried to comfort me on yet another evening when I was feeling inadequate as a mother. Skeptic that I am, I wondered, “is that really true?