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Book Review & Giveaway! Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston

What would you do if you finally plucked up the courage to leave your philandering husband? Take your teenage daughter and move back into your childhood home in the small town where you spent all of your childhood years? Doesn’t sound so bad… A quick google on your high school crush tells you that he’s a lot… Read more »

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Fence by Meredith Jaffe

Gwen has a lovely home, surrounded by a magnificent garden which she has designed, grown and cared for over many years. Her garden is a part of who she is. Even more so because her neighbour Babs, who she has shared much of her life with, has created memories with her and their families which are… Read more »

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Teach Your Child How to Think by Edward De Bono

There are so many books on the market which purport to be able to teach you how to teach your child to think. Unfortunately many of these books are something akin to Chinese Whispers – the ideas that they aren telling you aren’t anything original. They are simply taking a spin on somebody else’s work… Read more »

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We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Sometimes I need to escape the world with a good book…. and it’s been one of those weeks. So I thought this week I’d share a book with you that I’ve been reading. We Never Asked For Wings is written by New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers. I haven’t read The… Read more »

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How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

Ever wondered how people raise babies in other countries? Or have you just assumed we all do it the same? If you’ve travelled, you’ve probably already realised that certain countries aren’t stroller friendly – and you never see the mums in Africa, on the Discovery Channel, pushing their babies around in a stroller… So how… Read more »

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Teaching Children About War and ANZAC Day

Tomorrow is ANZAC day. We all have different perspectives about war and the special days set aside as a time of remembrance. But no matter what your views, at some point you will be asked some fairly tough questions by your ever curious children. So how do you explain something as complex as war, let… Read more »

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Death threats are not usually something you’d expect to receive as an author, but this was Amy Chua‘s reality after the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’. It is possibly the most controversial book relating to modern parenting. When it was published in 2011, heated discussion… Read more »

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Bringing Up Bébé

When I ask French parents how they discipline their children, it takes them a few beats just to understand what I mean, “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they ask. “Discipline,” I soon realise, is a narrow, seldom-used category that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is… Read more »