Lessons from parenthood

by Parenthood is one of those things that changes everybody and for the most part, for the better. For me personally, it has definitely shaped the person I am today and in particular, highlighted the importance of three key areas in life: […]

The baby’s nursery: a big, happy mess

by I am now into my third trimester and feeling a combination of excitement, anticipation around managing two kids and lower back pain. Everything is going well and I think I need to start packing my hospital bag. Should I include my […]

Raising Bella

by My name is Bella. I am excited to be in Grade 1 and make friends with you. I am autistic. Being autistic means something different for everyone, but for me it means that I see, hear and feel things a lot […]

The pain after birth, that we need to talk about

by Vivianne Kissane is no stranger to pain. After losing her sister-in-law to perinatal mental illness then suffering post natal depression herself, she is acutely aware that many women who experience anxiety during the perinatal period hide their true feelings from family […]

How to win at remote grandparenting

by I live in the Queensland but my grandchildren live in Victoria—1657.1 kilometres (17 hour 44 minutes drive) away. For a long time I lived with a constant pull on my heart strings including restless nights and the weight of guilt; I […]

Reinventing yourself after children

by With Australian women having babies later in life, they are also returning to work at an older age. And that may mean starting all over at 40-plus in the job-seeking market. “It is daunting,” says Jacqueline Smart Ferguson, who recently facilitated […]

Diagnosis: spirited

by I have what they politely call ‘spirited’ children. You know the ones: the type checkout operators suddenly open extra lanes for, that you hear coming before they arrive. Children that, while others sip babycinos on their mother’s laps, are hell-bent trying […]

Tips for a new or struggling grandparent

by How did you feel when you first became a grandparent? If it hasn’t happened, how do you think you will feel? Joyous, elated, reborn, protective, in love with new love? For me all my maternal, protective instincts returned. With this came […]

What I learned from my children

by Breathe. That’s the advice former Brisbane girl, renowned television personality and performer, Shelley Craft wants to share with women everywhere! Shelley will be in Brisbane from 4 – 6 March performing with her band, Animals Rock at the Essential Baby & […]

Stay strong, you’re doing a great job mum

by Stay Strong Mummy! Yes, you… you’re doing a brilliant job. That’s the message from Kimberley Welman, creator of Stay Strong Mummy blog. “I don’t think mums can hear it enough,” Kimberley says. “Its’ a big job, the best job in the […]

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