Mother of a high schooler!

Last month, my eldest started high school. It's been a big adjustment for both of us. It's already a milestone for any family, but I also have the added complexity of raising my children in a country different to the one I grew up in. I'm a dual national Dutch Australian - I went to …

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Meditation Apps for busy parents

Meditation is a good way for busy parents to (try to!) keep calm.  How do you fit it into your day though?  Years ago, when I kept hearing and reading about the benefits of meditation, I had the vague idea that to meditate, you needed to sit crosslegged on the floor, in total peace and …

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Girls toys and boys toys experiment – very interesting eyeopener

There has been much discussion in recent years about girls and boys toys and clothing.  This short experiment from BBC illustrates it really well.  Volunteers were asked to simply play with a young child, but didn't know that the girls were dressed as boys and vice versa.  From a selection of toys, consistently, boys were …

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Movie Review: The Greatest Showman

It's been a long time since I've thoroughly enjoyed a movie.  Thanks to The Greatest Showman for bringing me that pleasure! https://youtu.be/AXCTMGYUg9A I first watched it while on holidays in Australia with my mum, then took my girls the week later while we were in New Zealand.  I don't think I've ever been to a …

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Research on parents and older children whose parents have separated

ARE YOU A PARENT WHO HAS EXPERIENCED SEPARATION?  ARE YOU AN OLDER ADOLESCENT OR YOUNG ADULT WHOSE PARENTS HAVE SEPARATED?  WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES?  Whether these were good, bad or indifferent, they are all important to developing understanding of how families get along together after divorce and separation. Shared care …

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Do you know what drains and recharges you? Topping up your personal battery pack

After a particularly draining day today,  I had the image in my mind that I felt like a battery that was almost empty.  For many parents balancing family and work, this is a long term feeling that we have often learned to live with, right? Does it have to be though?  Do you know how …

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