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Returning to Work

It’s been a little quiet in my blog land. I’ve been learning to juggle work with my expectations of myself as a mother. Out there in the wider blog land, there are countless mothers commenting on their experiences returning to work. Most of them reluctantly returning to work, wishing they could stay home with their… Read more »

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Baby Survival 0-4mths

Ok, we all know that a baby needs a cot, nappies, wipes etc… Here are some things that I’ve bought that have saved my sanity many times!! (and no, I’m not sponsored by any of these companies)

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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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Touch Me Not!

Rewind eight months and I’m at work, standing at the coffee machine getting my only caffeine fix of the day, my morning ritual. Suddenly I feel something on my very pregnant belly. I look down to see a hand… Not my hand.

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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 »

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Is male circumcision a taboo?

Having a little girl, I’d never given this much thought… But a recent court ruling in Cologne has argued that it should be illegal to circumcise your son for religious reasons, unless he gives consent. This has stirred up great debate amongst religious communities. I hadn’t even considered the religious argument… But then I haven’t… Read more »

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Hairy Maclary

There is a range of books in the Hairy Maclary range. After Little Miss experienced a trip to the vet with our dog, I thought it was apt that we start with Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet.  To be honest, at five months, I think she’s a little young to appreciate this properly. The… Read more »

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Did you know that newborns cry with an accent?

We all know that the Scottish accent sounds completely different to the Australian accent or the New Zealand accent. But what about babies? When exactly do we start to sound different?  According to this article, we sound different from when we are two days old! BBC also have an interesting article on how babies memorise stimuli… Read more »

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At the Mercy of the Midwife

The birth of my daughter went smoothly. I cannot fault the team of doctors and nurses it took to deliver her. That was probably the easiest part of the whole pregnancy – after all, all I did was lie there! (Little Miss was born by caesarian). However, the next 24hours were ones I’d rather not… Read more »

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Looking at Art 1 2 3

Learning to count is inspired through artwork in this great little book. The National Gallery of Australia has released two books in this series – Looking at Art: 1 2 3 and Looking at Art: Colours. Using famous artwork, all found at the National Gallery, your child explores counting and colours in a much more… Read more »