Bringing minimalism to life

Practicing minimalism is helpful for me as a mother as it allows me the space to play with my child, to reduce the amount of time I spend cleaning or organising and most importantly for me, it reduces the stress I feel from a busy life.   However, items invariably start stacking up again in…

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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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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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Dear Ripley

This post has been coming for a long time, but as the days pass and his second birthday gets closer, I find myself reliving those early days of his life and feeling many emotions. It’s very personal but it encapsulates how hard it is for parents who are separated from their new babies in hospital….

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Why gentle parenting is important

There are always new memes going around the internet but there has been one, in particular, a newspaper column in the US which basically claims that the problem with our society stems from too permissive/passive parenting techniques and the way we prioritise our kids. Carly aka Grubby Mummy summarised my thoughts so well overnight that there…

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How busyness + parenting impacts relationships

There are so many articles on the internet about the impact early parenthood has on relationships. I know that I am unlikely to contribute anything new, but part of me wants to share anyway in case it’s in some way relatable to anyone reading. Being a parent is hard. It’s hard for everyone. When you…

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On being outside

My son loves to be outdoors. Two days ago we went to a small town called Forrest in the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Australia. It’s a short 1 hour drive from our home and the perfect nap time for our son. He’s only 20 months but he plays like he’s at least three. He climbs…

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Why a child with GORD makes Christmas difficult

I thought I’d share some things that make Christmas difficult for parents of a child that has some medical issues. Can’t go anywhere at nighttime due to the screaming and difficulty getting child to sleep anywhere but in my arms So tired from very little sleep so going anywhere is hard anyway due to the…

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