Enough Already! Stop Giving My Kids Toys! (Here’s 7 Other Awesome Alternatives!)
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Drowning in well-intentioned gifts that you don’t want or need? You’ll relate to Kate Lynford’s desperate cry, 'Stop giving my kids toys!' My son has everything. Dozens of stuffed animals, wooden puzzles, Duplo sets, blocks, annoying toys with bells and whistles, piles of musical instruments. You name it, we have it. This stash, it’s worth a fortune and yet he never plays...
International Womens Day: 5 Simple Ways to Teach Equality in Your Home
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We all want equality for women, don’t we? Achieving it starts at home. Here’s how to teach equality. And make a difference.  March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is also my daughter’s birthday. This correlation is always a poignant reminder that my role as the mother of a daughter is a very important one. I want my daughter to...
Mum Calls It on Life Balance: It’s Bullsh*t!
Never has there been such pressure as a Mum to achieve life balance and perfect parenting...  And while we are frantically trying to do it all, there is a new buzzword: balance. It’s everywhere…. There are whole books dedicated to it: Achieving Balance, How to Balance your Life, Balancing Work and Life. Well I call bullshit. Yep. Bullshit on balance. Balance means “a...
Caring About My Career Does Not Make Me a Bad Mother!
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Em Rusciano, you are my hero. Yesterday morning 2Day FM breakfast radio show host Em Rusciano hit back at controversial columnist, Miranda Devine regarding a RendezView article she had written entitled “Don’t let your career make you a bad mother”, a title that personally makes my blood boil before I even read the column. Devine demanded that women should prioritise family...
40 Baby Names That Have Taken a Break: Will They Come Back in Fashion?
Gary said his first word today! Barbara is teething, send help! Geoffrey is finally sleeping through the night! Oh look, Nancy just rolled over... Chances are, you won’t hear these remarks made in mothers groups around the country today. The situations, yes. But the names? Not so much. While your parents’ generation is most likely rich with such monikers, these days nobody is calling...
Yet Another Shocking Ultra Tune Ad Hits the Airwaves. Enough is Enough Surely?
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As a mum I spend my days telling my daughter she can do, be or achieve anything she wants. I tell my son the same. We discuss equality, respect and that women are much more than their bodies. Then Ultra Tune launch an ad campaign like this?! With over 30 official complaints since their launch last week, the Ultra Tune campaign features...
Rant: Have the Older Population Forgotten What it’s Like to be a Young Parent?
Since when do old people have no boundaries? And when did it become okay for them to say whatever the hell they wanted about our parenting skills? Sure they’ve been there, done that, but a little kindness and compassion still goes a long way. I’m sick of the judgement from old people as to how I choose to parent....
This Portuguese School Note to Parents Goes Viral and it’s Not Hard to See Why
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How would you feel if your child’s school published a note confirming they'd only be teaching academics, not manners.  Normal right? Well, check out this Portuguese school note shared to all parents. You can see why it quickly went viral. The authenticity of the post, which has since gone viral, is still up for debate. But, whether it’s actually real or not doesn’t...
The Question That I’ve Stopped Asking My Friends – And You Should Too!
There seems to be a standard set of questions in life that follow a pattern like this: “Are you seeing anyone?” and when you are…“You guys have been together for a while! When are you getting married?” and once you’re married…“How’s married life treating you?” and after a couple of months, with a wink and a nudge…“So, when are you...
Got a Mother In Law From Hell? Here’s Our Wildest Reader Confessions
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Mother in laws. What the actual f*ck. Is there some unwritten agreement amongst them that when their sons get hitched they no longer have to have any kind of filter? We think there must be. Because from what we’re hearing at Mum Central, mothers-in-law feel completely freaking free to say and do whatever the hell they want. Cue the Mother...