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You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.
~William D. Tammeus
Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
By tigtog on November 19, 2010
Fred Vogelstein, parent of a child with epilepsy that’s been unable to be effectively controlled pharmaceutically, describes his family’s positive experience with a ketogenic diet as a treatment regime: a diet that involves a whole lot of fat in a restricted calorie regime that requires measuring food in fractions of grams. The whole story behind this increasingly accepted but horrendously complicated to manage treatment is a fascinating read.
By blue milk on November 3, 2010
The evolution of the whole ‘Mum’ identity in politics is completely fascinating if not also repellent. You can read Judith Warner’s entire piece, “The New Momism” here. It is a pretty thought-provoking article. There was a time when words like “mom” or “mama” weren’t necessarily associated with the traits needed for good political judgment or [...]
By Mindy on November 1, 2010
I was expecting this to have so much fail and was actually pleasantly surprised.
By Guest Hoyden on October 30, 2010
I’m just going to say again what I’ve said lots of times before – we need to construct the rituals and the social rules for talking about and publicly recognising miscarriage, still birth and infant death.
By blue milk on October 28, 2010
Interesting article here in The New York Times, though nothing particularly new in it about the work and family balance and why it isn’t working so well for women. Telling women they have reached parity is like telling an unemployed worker the recession is over. It isn’t true until it feels true. That’s because measuring [...]
By blue milk on October 25, 2010
I am reading Emma Donoghue’s Room at the moment. It is one of those novels that everyone is suddenly talking about. Narrated by a five year old, it is about he and his mother’s very isolated life. The book has an extraordinary premise, which I won’t give away here, but there is another element to the story that everyone can’t help but seem to notice and unpick and that is that the five-year old is still being breastfed.
By blue milk on October 8, 2010
A recent UK internet survey (sample size: 2,500 but non-random) found mothers are more critical of their daughters than their sons. The results sound utterly depressing:
By blue milk on September 22, 2010
This woman was 14 years old when her own daughter was born. She is 27 years old now.
Her daughter is 13 years old and has been sexually assaulted by her grandfather. (It is quite possible that the grandfather is also this woman’s father – you can’t tell from the limited information available).
It is a pretty safe bet that this woman has been through a lot recently.
By tigtog on September 20, 2010
Too many last minute errands before sprog the younger heads off on school trip to France this evening.
By Mindy on August 4, 2010
Jacinta Tynan is asking. Before I unpack this article, I just want to say that I’m very happy that Jacinta is enjoying being a Mum. That is fantastic. However, she is only one woman and her experiences do not reflect those of every woman. Sometimes motherhood really is that hard. I think there may be a [...]
By blue milk on July 18, 2010
Image credit: PM Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan holding some babies. You know when you pick up someone’s baby you have that pleasedon’tcrypleasedon’tcry chant running through your head? I don’t feel it quite so much now that I have babies of my own and I’ve had the opportunity instead to demoralise others with my [...]
By Mindy on June 29, 2010
Bettina Ardnt is trying to whip up a panic about our unmarried but partnered Prime Minister moving into the Lodge, after being elected, with her bloke. It could be a bad role model for young women she says. I say, complete crap, give people more credit than that. Women aren’t going to rush into defacto relationships just [...]