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Is it hard these days to parent intentionally?

By Kylie McGillivray Have you ever had that sinking feeling that you are so over committed that you’re barely surviving? You have so much to do that you are parenting by reaction instead of intentionally! Just recently I spent the whole day in Sydney and got home just before tea time. By the time I got home I was exhausted; …

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Self-nurture vs selfish

by Michelle Powell Something that I have heard from pretty much every woman I have coached over the years and most males too for that matter, is that they feel they cannot give time, energy, love, money or anything else to themselves because it is SELFISH. Now I beg to differ! We have been brought up in a modern world …

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A mother no go zone

by Sarah Tolmie The gap between boy and man is a perilous zone. It is a minefield particularly unsafe for mothers. My sixteen year old and I are currently occupying territory on either side of an exclusion zone. It feels like an ancient battle – like the Middle East – I don’t know how it started, it really wasn’t either …

The baby bubble

by Leanna McNeil Sometimes it takes more effort to tie up a loose end than to let it flap in the wind. If I had to choose a motto for my current life experience as a parent, that would be it. I find myself constantly holding multiple loops open in my head every day…the laundry I want to put away, …

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Positive emotions may provide good health

by Dr Rodney Beckwith Recent research from Pennsylvania State University suggests that a positive attitude to life leads to better health. Positive people are more likely to actively participate in activities which contributed to their wellbeing, such as exercise. The study specifically looked at people with heart disease. Patients who reported higher positive psychological states were more likely to be …

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Helpful comments – not always so helpful

by Maryanne Sayers A Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you were able to take some time out and exhale from your busy lifestyles and spend some much-needed quality time with family, friends and loved ones. I hope 2016 brings you all that you wish for…and for many families with babies and young children – top of …

Looking for a marriage miracle

By Sarah Tolmie I’ll get straight to the nitty gritty. In your marriage has the spark gone? Are you growing in parallel silos or unevenly or in different directions? Not talking anymore or only about the kids and home chores?  Are you missing the affection, intimacy and thrill? Are you feeling bored, unappreciated or even taken for granted? Are you …

The art of imitation

by Philippa Macken Last week as I cleaned my daughter’s room (because, let’s face it, she’s genetically challenged in that department), I came across a scribbled paragraph in her creative writing workbook. It’s funny how easy it is to feel alone in a playground full of kids. Sometimes I wonder if my friends understand me. I had to smile because …

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Birth choices – your choice

by Janet Rourke I could not agree more with the words of January Harshe: “I do not care what kind of birth you have…a home birth, scheduled caesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer.  I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were …

The lowdown on threadworms

by Sally Maxwell It was the small subtle changes in my nearly four year old that caught my eye. The constant urge to put a hand down the back of his pants, a sudden drop in appetite, difficulty falling asleep and a temper to shame the Hulk. Initially I put all these symptoms down to new clothing, being over tired …