Family Life

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I’m going in – talking to my daughter about puberty (gulp!)

I’ve been meaning to talk to my daughter about puberty for nearly 18 months now, but somehow it just didn’t happen. We were always...
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The day I lost my young son Peyton to suicide

Parents held their children a little closer after we published David’s post on dealing day-to-day with the death by suicide of his young son...
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The no clue grandmother

I don’t know about you, but when I was in my 40s the last thing I was thinking of was becoming a grandmother. Heavens,...
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Raising my autistic son: Psychologically preparing for Mothers’ Day

As usual I have reminded my kids that I would appreciate a card from each of them – a token of appreciation for the...
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Chaos and Conversation on adoption

Have you ever wanted something so desperately that you actually cannot voice your desire? That the fear of hearing the words out loud is so...
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When every red headed nerdy kid reminds you of your dead...

Peyton complained to teachers and principals about the bullying, but nothing changed. One day, he told his mother, “I should just kill myself.” She...
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Children caught in the crossfire of separation

Whether you’re merely separating from a partner or ending a marriage, and whether your relationship was a short-term or long-term affair, the effect it...
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Teenagers’ freedoms and when to give it to them

Some of the hardest decisions parents of teenagers face are around how much freedom to give and at what age. What is the correct curfew time...
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Why would anyone leave a baby to cry?

Why would anyone leave a baby to cry? I did. Would I do it again? Most probably not if the circumstances were the same, but in...
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Nooo…I don’t think I forgot to have children

I’m rarely asked why I chose not to have children. I’ll admit the idea of missing out on mum politics and a school run...
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Oh my days, the NOISE!

Coming from a family of seven, any expectation of quiet was pretty much null and void. Although it wasn’t something me and my siblings...
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Parenting their toxic friendships

Toxic friendships are draining, be they our own dysfunctional liaisons or our children’s. There is, however, a level of complexity and frustration when the...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...