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2709, 2022

Who Determines Your Culture?

By |September 27th, 2022|

Ahhh… reminiscing. Remember when your first child was born, and you held that precious bundle of possibility? Remember the emotions that welled up inside, the pride and joy of this beautiful new life? The thoughts that passed through your mind that you really weren’t sure what to do, because this ...

1909, 2022
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Culture: Constantly Talked About – Not Often Thought About

By |September 19th, 2022|

It’s become one of the major focuses for business in the last few years. Sports teams are constantly talking about it and whenever there are issues in society, it becomes a major focus. So what about the family? The basic building block of a strong society? It’s interesting that the ...

1309, 2022
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Get the Fast Food Facts

By |September 13th, 2022|

It might seem harmless -- a quick drive-through on the run home to pick up a cheap meal that satisfies hordes of hungry tummies and delays dirty dishes for another night. Yes, it might be fast and convenient -- but the truth is, takeaway food can come at a huge ...

1009, 2022
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My Journey From a Teacher to a Homeschooling Parent

By |September 10th, 2022|

Homeschooling has enriched this family's life, reducing stress and creating room for personal flourishing. My name is Heidi; my husband Ben and I are currently on a homeschool journey with our three children aged 7, 10 and 12. I am a qualified teacher and I was teaching casually at the ...

609, 2022
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My Children Have Two Mums

By |September 6th, 2022|

One twin wakes up from his afternoon nap and is inconsolable. He doesn’t want his bottle or pillow pet. A cuddle does nothing. As I work through all the possibilities, I keep my cool, constantly just trying to find a way to help my son through this moment. Things eventually ...

209, 2022
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Father’s Day Chocolate Plane Craft

By |September 2nd, 2022|

This Father’s Day Chocolate Plane Craft is easy for kids to make as an edible gift for Dad! Am I the only one who sometimes struggles to find the right gift for Father’s Day? Whether it’s for my dad or my husband, they both like practical gifts, but sometimes I ...

3008, 2022
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The Unsurprise

By |August 30th, 2022|

‘Shhhhh,’ I whispered. ‘Don’t spoil the surprise.’ ‘Okay.’ He whispered back, conspiratorially, as we tucked hubby’s Father’s Day present away in the storage room. ‘Remember, it’s our secret, okay? Don’t spoil the surprise.’ I continued, shutting the door. Only to hear his excited footsteps on the stairs before I’d even ...

2308, 2022
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Choices

By |August 23rd, 2022|

I was driving to a playdate with the two-year-old twins in the car, having just dropped off my four-year-old at kindy, when ka-klunk! Something was wrong with the back passenger-side wheel. I knew it was looking dodgy beforehand, so suspected it had gone flat. But I wasn’t really sure. After ...

1808, 2022
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Let’s Stick Together

By |August 18th, 2022|

“For an increasing number of long-term marriages, it’s no longer a case of ‘until death do us part,’ it’s a matter of until the children depart from the family nest,” writes Rachel Browne in a Sydney Morning Herald article, “Parents wait until children go, then do the same thing.” Suddenly ...

1108, 2022
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The Most Powerful Movie Moment of All Time… In My Opinion

By |August 11th, 2022|

It’s one of the most powerful movie moments in history -- in my opinion. Not because of special effects, cinematography, eloquent scripting or romantic fervour. It happened deep within the ruins of the World Trade Centre, during the 2006 Olive Stone movie of the same name. Sergeant John McLoughlin is ...

208, 2022
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Sugar-Sweet Kids Urged to Cut Back

By |August 2nd, 2022|

Whether it fizzes, gives you wings or opens happiness -- the truth is, it’s packed with sugar and it could be causing serious health problems in children. Figures show 1 in 6 Queensland kids are drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily. That’s not limited to soft drink either -- ...

2707, 2022
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Never, Never Never, Never Give In

By |July 27th, 2022|

It’s the middle of Winter. It’s cold. The TV is jampacked full of all your favourite shows. It’s cold. The aroma of lasagne or hot chocolate wafts through the house. Did I mention it’s cold? This is when you have to make a choice: dressing gown and comfort food… or ...

2207, 2022

Victory for Mothers and Fathers

By |July 22nd, 2022|

Believe it or not, any victory for mothers is also a victory for fathers, and ultimately for children. Sall Dover, a new young mother, after protesting on Twitter about the forced use of the Orwellian phrase "birthing parent", has scored a victory for motherhood. It takes a man and a ...

2007, 2022
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Boys and Internet Pornography

By |July 20th, 2022|

A concerned mother reflects on how she can best protect her young sons from the lure of internet pornography. I don’t have a blueprint for this brave new online world, where just typing ‘breastfeeding’ into a search engine produces a minefield of lurid possibilities. Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys ...

1307, 2022
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The Best Me I Can Be

By |July 13th, 2022|

All right, all right… I admit it… I’m a perfectionist. I take pride in a job well done. I’m a mum, I’m a wife, I’m a worker, a house cleaner, a seamstress, a medic, a teacher -- the list is a mile long. And somewhere in amongst all of these ...

407, 2022
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Families – Don’t Open the Door to Secondhand Smoke

By |July 4th, 2022|

Shield your children from the malign effects of tobacco smoke, which can infiltrate all corners of a family home. The stats are shocking. Almost one Queenslander a day will die from inhaling tobacco smoke this year, without ever having smoked a cigarette in their life. The effects of secondhand smoke ...

2806, 2022
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Top 5 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mum

By |June 28th, 2022|

Being a mum can be a challenging role, but we parents have been entrusted with the vital task of raising the next generation, and it is totally worth it. Here are 5 life lessons about parenting and family life. 1. Tomorrow is a New Day! Cue little red-haired, ringlet-topped Annie ...

2106, 2022
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One of Those Days

By |June 21st, 2022|

It started with an alarm I forgot to set the night before. That meant I was awoken unceremoniously by my little boy precisely half an hour late. Of course, this was the day I had a 9 am deadline and an 8.45 am start at playgroup (where I help set ...

1406, 2022
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My Unlikely Journey Toward Happiness

By |June 14th, 2022|

During the first year of my daughter’s life, I found motherhood quite difficult. I felt swamped by my new role, and somewhere along the way, I lost myself. I felt I had been transformed into a breastfeeding, nappy-changing, baby-burping robot. I had put on about 30 kilos while pregnant and ...

706, 2022
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Stress Signals

By |June 7th, 2022|

Life is full of situations that cause stress! However, stress isn’t always a bad thing. It can be the motivation to get us moving -- to write that report, make the ballet costume, perform in the play or make that important speech, etc. But when you are constantly functioning with ...

3105, 2022
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Teaching Gratitude

By |May 31st, 2022|

Gratitude is one way to ensure that life is always experienced in the positive. It’s a choice that takes practice and as such, is a skill that can be taught. I believe that learning the basics of good old-fashioned “please” and “thank you” is the foundation for learning gratitude. When ...

2405, 2022
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The Gift of Gratitude

By |May 24th, 2022|

Modelling gratitude to your children helps them form the habit of being thankful and displaying appreciation to those around them. I am sure you have all witnessed your own child or someone else’s at Christmas, receiving so many gifts that they are not even excited or thankful by the end ...

1805, 2022
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Fit Mum, Healthy Mind

By |May 18th, 2022|

When you’re feeling low, exercise is often far from your imagination. But, if you can get yourself started -- maybe ask a friend, family member or your partner to join you, the benefits are amazing! Like: You’ll feel better about yourself. Meeting small goals along the way and watching your ...

1005, 2022
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Making Peace with My Post-Birth Body

By |May 10th, 2022|

Getting used to your post-birth body can be challenging -- here is a video to see it in a whole new perspective, appreciating its true beauty. I would never have called myself ‘skinny,’ even before kids. But my new ‘post-baby’ body has taken some getting used to. I think a ...

705, 2022
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The Incredible Importance of Mothers

By |May 7th, 2022|

Happy Mother’s Day! James E Faust said, “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” Film star Leonardo DiCaprio said, “My mother is a walking miracle.” Did you know the word "mother" is the most beautiful word in the English language? A British Council ...

605, 2022
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Video: A New Perspective For Mums

By |May 6th, 2022|

A lovely video to share as we celebrate mums this Mother's Day weekend. Any mother will tell you that being a mum is a full-time job. And sometimes, the job can really test you. Some feel as though they have no patience left, or that they’re somehow failing as a ...

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