Knowing how to proceed

One of the most difficult challenges in my life at the moment is managing Ripley’s medical and allied health appointments. He has many people involved in his care: GP, Paediatrician, Allergist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist for Feeding, Speech Therapist for Language, Gastroenterologist, Dietician and Haematologist. Beyond the obvious difficulty in managing our time and…

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Why a minimalist approach to toys will help your children

Everyone remembers the Mastercard ad with the baby playing with the cardboard box. I always thought it was an astonishing admission for a credit card company but nevertheless, society has not received the message that children need very little. There are countless articles and books on the topic of toys with many agreeing that ‘less…

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What is grief to you?

What is grief to you? Do you think that you know what it feels like for someone else? Do you think it can be defined? I have been doing some reading and learning more about how grief is defined, and interestingly there is not a clear answer. Although it can be defined as someone experiencing…

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That familiar feeling: overwhelm

Maybe you’ve had a busy week or the kids have been sick, or perhaps you have had a lot of events or obligations to attend to. There are so many times that life can interfere and create a sense of overwhelm. What is overwhelm? The original meaning of the word overwhelm relates to quite literally…

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The Fourth Wave of Feminism

I’m not really the bin your bra and not shave your legs (oh wait, when was the last time I shaved my legs) type but I do love strong and powerful women. I actually wanted to be a journalist, I studied journalism and planned to be a journalist. But what happened? A man. He changed…

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Mindsets: are you stuck?

Your mindset is a critical piece of the puzzle in achieving the life you desire. That sounds pretty simple, but it’s not. One of the simplest ways to change our lives, for the better, is to change the way we view things and perceive things. If you want change, its more important to focus on…

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Vygotsky and parenting

At the moment in my Masters course I’m learning about educational theory. I know a lot of parents don’t think education and parenting have all that much in common but I really have to disagree. Theories abound about child development and learning but there is one particular theorist, Vygotsky, who talks about the Zone of…

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On unfairness

Injustice is a difficult topic. I’m a highly sensitive person and see a lot of injustice around me on a daily basis. Syria, Iraq, poverty, dogs that don’t get walked and my neighbour swearing at her kids… it all gets me going. In my own life, the past two years since Ripley was born have…

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Accomplishments

Ripley was born weighing 2.4kg or 5lb 4oz. He was 48 cms long, his head circumference was 38 cms. He was alive, breathing, and screaming. His could not breathe properly for long and required resuscitation, intubation, CPAP and then he acquired meningitis, was on antibiotics for 4 weeks. He had severe jaundice. He has severe…

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On being vulnerable

It’s nearly two years since Ripley was born and I still can’t shake all of my emotions, disappointment and trauma. I know that’s OK, but I’m tired of being triggered all the time. People around me don’t even realise how I’m feeling inside and it’s very difficult to admit to or open up about my…

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