Family Life

Post40Bloggers - Jacki James, Peyton's mum

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...
Post40Bloggers- David James and his son, Peyton

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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Ding ding, school’s out!

THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! Cue kids running around like wild things, teachers sprinting for the school gates like demented things, and parents with...