• Dancing girls

    The sun is shining. “Let’s go out for a walk,” I suggest.“Don’t wanna go out, mum!” my older daughter insists.“We can go and see the chickens, and the pigs,” I wheedle.“Don’t wanna go!” The tone is being ramped up. I cannot face another tantrum. We […]

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  • The Watchful Buddha Boy

    Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught […]

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  • Community and family values

    Many alternative types struggle with the integration issue. For some it is a constant worry, others don’t bat an eyelid. Newer parents can be especially militant: this is my child, I’m doing it my way. Hang your traditions, we have a better way. We only […]

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  • Doctor’s orders

    Laydeez and gentlemen, may I present you with……Drum roll pleeze………..The words of my new hero, DR Tom Smith…“Don’t diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you.”Yes you heard it right.We is allowed to be a little chubby!And, remember, you heard it here on […]

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  • Keeping inside the lines: Why colouring in dominates early years education and what we can do about it…

    WHY HAS COLOURING in taken over education? As a secondary level teacher myself, I was shocked when my son started school this September. His homework – homework, on the first night of Junior Infants! – was to colour in a snake. On the back of […]

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  • Mindful consumption

    Is sugar a drug?There are those who would have you believe that it is as dangerous as crack cocaine. I have seen vitriolic online debates where people refer to it as a poison, and that they would rather feed rat poison to their child than […]

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  • Instant Weight Loss Program… **GUARANTEED SUCCESS**

    This is the time of year for self improvement. Take yourself in hand… Want to shift a couple of post Christmas or post natal pounds? Try my guaranteed weight loss recipe for instant success. Guaranteed to shift 5 pounds in a month. And no need […]

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  • Gold for Kevin Pearce

    As the anniversary of his accident comes around, my cousin Kevin is much on my mind. What a journey he has been on. As have we all who held our breaths and prayed and waited for news. Day after day, last January. Few of us […]

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  • Our Christmas by Numbers

    Family members in house: 6 Family members with vomiting bug: 6Family members with swine flu: 6Number of pukes between us: 24Number of plane tickets re-booked: 1Nights with more than 3 hours straight sleep: 0Number of tantrums on Christmas Day: 0Number of Christmas trees procured: 0Pairs […]

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  • You are not a victim

    A message for those in turmoil or mental crisis Greetings. You have been blessed with a journey few are deemed wise enough to take. A journey to the dark side of the mind. Treat your opportunity as such… THIS is the moment you life has […]

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