Why Single Motherhood Wasn’t For Me

I met Lisa when I was three months pregnant with Master C. He was to be my final child: the one I intended on raising completely on my own. Years of co-parenting my older three kids had worn me down emotionally, and I was determined not to have to share this little one with anyone. … Continue reading Why Single Motherhood Wasn’t For Me

One Hit Wonder

There are those who go about life with care and caution: considering all the options, weighing up the pros and cons, and making careful, rational decisions. So organised, considered and correct. Like the main character, Macon, from Anne Tyler’s An Accidental Tourist, these folk plan out every inch of their existence, and usually even possess … Continue reading One Hit Wonder

The Positive Side To Having Two Houses

I have spent years feeling guilty. Guilty for making my eldest three children live two distinct lives, at two different houses. Guilty that they have to traipse themselves and all their belongings between the two places, and negotiate with two sets of parents all the rules and regulations at each location. Guilty that nothing is … Continue reading The Positive Side To Having Two Houses

The Valentine’s Vacuum

Call me unromantic, and at the risk of being browbeaten, anyone else get really frustrated with feeling pressured into buying expensive gifts for Valentine’s Day? I’m all for romance and appreciating one another, but do we need to fork out our hard earned dollars for overpriced flowers and chocolates that none of us actually need? … Continue reading The Valentine’s Vacuum

Early Introductions

I’ve had more time than I normally do with my Master C, who is four, over the past couple of Summer months. We have been to many playgrounds, movies and shopping centres, where he, being a very social creature, inevitably meets new ‘shriends’ (friends). What I have found incredibly interesting is observing the manner in … Continue reading Early Introductions

How’s the Serenity?

In the spirit of the New Year, I’ve been looking into all the fuss surrounding the Marie Kondo ‘movement’. For those who haven’t heard of her, Marie Kondo is a five-foot-nothing Japanese powerhouse of tidy who penned the Japanese best-seller "Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up'.  She teaches people how to ‘free themselves’ of clutter, … Continue reading How’s the Serenity?

A Christmas Perspective

The theme of vomiting on holidays continued for us on Christmas Day, with poor Miss D waking us at 4:30am to tell us she had been sick everywhere in the bathroom. One expects to be woken early on Christmas morning, but not quite this early, and not quite for this reason. It was so bad … Continue reading A Christmas Perspective

Off Duty

The Emergency Department is never a fun place to spend time. Let alone when it is the night before your proposed honeymoon and your 17 month old is literally heaving and retching all over you as you attempt to give her details to the Triage Nurse. As I stood there unable to move, and feeling … Continue reading Off Duty

Down time

This is going to sound terribly strange. I have a week’s holiday soon – my honeymoon actually – CHILDFREE – and I’m petrified. It’s been so very long since I have had time without the kids, that I have no clue how I’m going to go with so much…FREE TIME. Lis and I have had … Continue reading Down time

Sharp Reality

Students had a needle at school recently. What a production! I know they are young, I know it’s scary and I know there is the element of mass hysteria to consider. But seriously? It is a tiny little jab. A minute piercing of the outer layers of skin. So much drama. Not just from the … Continue reading Sharp Reality