Category Archives: PARENTING

HSC year is more than just an exam

Tomorrow is the first day of the teen’s last year of school. Yep, she’s bouncing into Year 12, and when I say bouncing, I mean she’s ricocheting off the walls, at times reaching stratospheric heights as she thinks of all … Continue reading

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Sweet 16 is truly sweet

Just 24 hours ago I was standing at my front door waiting to welcome 60 teenagers into my home to celebrate the teen’s 16th birthday. Over the past few weeks I can’t tell you how many parents told me I … Continue reading

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One plus one does not equal two

The teen had NAPLAN this week. She’s in Year 9 and spent three days of her life stuffed into a classroom answering questions that have little relevance to her daily life, or her future in fact. You see the teen … Continue reading

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No side order of brat please

Hallelujah! Restaurants are finally taking charge and taking badly behaved kids off their menus. And it’s about time. Some venues are going a step further and banning children altogether. More power to them. You see, not everyone agrees children should … Continue reading

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Disabled people have feelings too

Disabled people have feelings too No parent should have to bury their child. But that was the reality for Katrina and Rob Young when they said good bye to their seven-year-old daughter Amelia at Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery just over … Continue reading

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Runaway mum

I ran away from home last weekend. Yep, I threw a massive tanty and walked out. It’s not the first time I’ve run away. I fled a couple of years ago and spent half an hour listening to the radio … Continue reading

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Roughing it Gen Z style

She didn’t even make it to the car before her dramatic revelation was blurted out. “Mum, we had to poo and pee in the bush!” Indeed. And how did that work for you darling? I’d just picked madam up from … Continue reading

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Embarrassing the teenagers

Okay, so maybe waving the bra around the kitchen was a little over the top. But carrying an umbrella? Each day I manage to unwittingly contribute an action or a comment which triggers my teen’s latest and favourite mantra. “Don’t … Continue reading

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How about a look before you leap!

Keep To The Left Please. Mind Your Step, Keep To The Left. While Manly Council is considering erecting signs along our beachfront asking people to stick to the right side of their path, or should that be the left, it’s … Continue reading

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The Tween Becomes A Teen

Today I became the proud owner of a brand new teenager. Yep, my baby, turned toddler, turned tweenie, turned tween, has evolved through some sort of miracle into a teen. Yay! Great! Now what do I do? Yes, yes, I’ve … Continue reading

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