If you knew without a doubt when your son or daughter was born, that they would be the Prime Minister of Australia in their 30s, would it change the way you raised them? Continue reading “Mary, Did You Know?”
I love to entertain. I love big, noisy dinner parties with lots of guests, food and good conversation. Yet for many years we did not host Christmas for my husband’s family. The reason? I was still not Italian, not Catholic and not right for Carlo in their eyes and, for me, Christmas with my in-laws was a difficult time. Continue reading “Conflict at Christmas”
Have you heard the term Advent mentioned around Christmas? Have you wondered what it is about? If you are anything like I used to be, you have heard of Advent but thought it was some old-school church concept that didn’t have relevance to me. My perception began to change when I had my daughter. Continue reading “What’s the story with Advent?”
When my firstborn daughter was 3 months old, I went back to work two days a week. I was 23 years old, and had only been working for a year since graduating university when I had her. So my husband and I decided that I would work part time, while my daughter stayed with my mother for one day a week and with him on the other. Continue reading “I Don’t Know How You Do It”
Have you ever felt reallllly sad, mad, or just plain bad? Whether it was feeling terrible about yourself or overwhelmed with life. Perhaps you were extremely tired and you just couldn’t seem to change your mood for the better.
It is hard enough trying to manage our own emotions let alone trying to teach our children to manage theirs. Am I right?! Continue reading “Help! My emotions are owning me!”
When I first had my baby, I discovered that some of my experiences were different from what other mothers had. I would hear mums talking about their big issues, which seemed to be these: Continue reading “Survival”
Tired of listening? Just don’t care anymore?
I’ve got just the list for you! Follow this and we’ll have you not listening in no time! Here we go. Continue reading “The Bad Listeners Guide for Anyone (willing to listen)”
The box of tissues made me laugh.
They were the first thing I noticed when we walked into the marriage counsellor’s office that day. That neat box of tissues, sitting in the middle of the table, between the water jug and two glasses.
I suppressed a chuckle. Does he think we’re going to end up in tears? I wondered silently. Continue reading “The Most Courageous Decision I’ve Ever Made”
I read somewhere recently that there were certain things that you should do in your 20s to avoid regrets in your 30s and 40s.
Well, it’s too late for me, I just turned 41, and so I read on to see what I had missed out on :D. Continue reading “Reframing regret, and other u-turn moments”
So, it’s been a rough few months for our family. We’ve had unexpected things go wrong, new schedules that we can’t keep up with, and seemingly a hundred appointments that I have either forgotten, misplaced or written down as the wrong day. Continue reading “Not okay, and that’s okay”