Unicorns aren’t real but Breast Cancer is.

This Mother's Day, I am dressing up in my unicorn onesie, putting on my runners and carrying a pink unicorn as I am participating in the Mother's Day Classic, in Melbourne and raising funds for breast cancer research. Every extra dollar I raise through fundraising goes towards vital research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. I have the support of a great team Bust-A-Move. Although … [Read more...]

33 Excuses My Son Has For Not Needing A Shower

My son Mr 9. loved showers and baths. Then he started to grow up. "Mum I don't need  a shower tonight because...." I didn't run today I had one yesterday I went swimming I got wet in the rain I sprayed dad's deodorant on me I used a wet wipe under my arms I haven't used the toilet much My spine hurts (on questioning he didn't know where his spine was) My undies are clean -Look! I … [Read more...]

Motherhood and Depression; Help me understand.

  Warning, this post covers the topic of motherhood and depression. As a behaviourist and researcher, my job entails looking at bigger picture as to why people behave the way they do. Do I understand all aspects of human behaviour? Not a chance. The diversity is too great. Can I get my head around motherhood and depression?  Probably not but I hope for a realistic and honest … [Read more...]

Motherhood: Does anyone know this mother?

  I know a mother who tries to get through each day to the best of her ability. Scrap that, all the mothers I know whether they are friends or mothers I work with get through the day the best way they can. Some days are ok, some are not ok and some are total shockers. The days where you feel that you cannot possibly carry on, I know those too. "I hate my life" are words that sadly I hear … [Read more...]

Asking “Why is there such a big age gap between your children?”

Why the Age Gap?  Social mores constantly change. One recent example is questioning a woman if she is pregnant. Today, it’s a faux pas to broach the subject if not raised by the (hopefully!) expectant woman herself. Many firmly believe it’s never okay to ask. “Unless perhaps the baby is crowning.” So is it okay to comment, question or assume about a family’s structure? (Tell someone how many … [Read more...]

Parenting: What would you like your children to remember most about you?

Warning: This Post has Upset some People due to it's nature. The last thing I want is for anyone to feel worse after reading. It is about Life and death and only MY EXPERIENCES.   I think about death. I think about me dying suddenly. Gone forever.  This last year I've seen and lived through people I love die. Good people that were part of my life, people who played a big role in your lives … [Read more...]

Dear Mum

  Dear mum I hope you are as well as can be considering the situation. Me? I'm doing good, still crazy busy at work and loving every moment I'm with children. Very similar to when you use to tell me the wonderful stories of how much you loved working with children as a paediatric nurse. I don't enjoy all the business stuff and grown up decisions but I'm getting there and yes my desk is … [Read more...]