Real Men Wear Skirts


The boy is nearly two. He does normal nearly two things. He plays with dinosaurs, builds with blocks, and runs outside. And he cuddles teddies, pushes dolls in a stroller, and dances in a tutu. One morning last week he chose what he wanted to wear for the day, straight from the washing pile. And this is what he chose. He Continue Reading

Beyond RU OK Day


How can you help people who are not OK? * Do more than ask the question "RU OK?" today. Ask it every day. Follow it up. Actually listen to the answers. Be prepared for the answers. I’m a supporter of  RU OK day. Any time our world brings mental health issues into discussion, I think we’re all better for it. But it’s important to be consistent Continue Reading

Happy World Breastfeeding Week

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I'ts World Breastfeeding Week!  (August 1-7, 2011) A great opportunity to celebrate breastfeeding throughout the world. And for me personally, it’s a timely reminder of the beautiful part breastfeeding has played in my life over the last 3 years. Firstly, let me say that I love breastfeeding. I love how it benefits babies, mothers, and the Continue Reading

Peace on Earth


Peace on earth. It sounds like a throw-away line, an unattainable utopia, a tired old cliché. But I’m beginning to believe it isn’t that far out of reach. One of the reasons why I write so passionately about parenting is that I am blown away by its importance to peace on this planet. When I became a mother three years ago, I was struck Continue Reading

Good-bye Baby Girl


It hit me like a tonne of bricks today. My little girl is not a baby anymore. I’ve known this for awhile. But it still hit me. Miss Nearly Three spent her first day at child care today. First day ever in the care of someone else who is not a friend or family. It may not sound like a big deal to some. But it was a huge deal for Continue Reading

Shout Shout Let it all Out


I am becoming the mother I never wanted to be. The mother that shouts at her children. Yelling and shouting at my kids, in my opinion, is unacceptable. In all my efforts to connect with them and parent positively and gently, this is my stumbling block. But it happens. And lately, far too often. Last week my temper boiled over every single Continue Reading

The Tremendous Twos


I really dislike the term ‘terrible twos’. It makes me feel like my child has suddenly become an unruly brat. When people, well-meaning as they are, say to me “Ah, the terrible twos” in reference to Miss A doing something irrational, I do my best to bite my tongue. I’ve taken to saying, “She’s not terrible, we love the twos”. What I really Continue Reading