I’m Not The Mother In Those “Letters” Any More; or, The One Thing I Want Mothers To Stop Saying

I’m Not The Mother In Those “Letters” Any More; or, The One Thing I Want Mothers To Stop Saying

About a year or so ago I wrote a little post on working and stay-at-home mothers. I had few followers on my blog at the time; blogging was something I did for “fun” and to practise my writing skills. I sat down one evening to 

One Day At A Time; or I Don’t Know How I Did It

One Day At A Time; or I Don’t Know How I Did It

I hate to jinx it, but very recently my children have become easier, for want of a better word. They are five and two now, and are the best of friends. They play adorable games together which allows me to have cups of tea in 

The Joy of Juggling

The Joy of Juggling

At the start of this week I wasn’t feeling very good about myself. I was facing a week of extraordinary juggling of roles and responsibilities, and to put it plainly, I was grumpy. Grumpy that I had so much on, grumpy, even, that I had said 

Why I’m Grateful For Crises

Why I’m Grateful For Crises

Two days ago, during a meeting, I got the dreaded phone call from kindergarten. “She’s had an anaphylactic reaction”, they said. “The ambulance is on its way. How soon can you get here?” It turns out they meant an allergic reaction, thankfully, but still that 

Dear Working Father: Here’s How You Can “Pay” Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dear Working Father: Here’s How You Can “Pay” Your Stay-At-Home Wife

This is Part I of my thoughts to that lovely post by a father who calculated what his stay-at-home wife and mother to his toddler would cost him if he had to pay for all the services she provides. But really it’s an open letter to 

To My Children: Thank You For My “Career Disruption”

To My Children: Thank You For My “Career Disruption”

It’s official. I’ve had 2.61 years of career disruption due to kids. I have all the dates; I even have a signed letter from my supervisor to confirm my years of maternity leave and part-time candidature. I need this for my fellowship application, because my “research 

The Day I Ordered A Fairy Door

The Day I Ordered A Fairy Door

When my daughter turned four, I asked for birthday gift ideas. One was for a fairy door. A miniature door attached to the wall, where imaginary fairies emerge from. Given she is a huge fan of fairies in general, I went with this idea. Instead 

Lessons in Slowing Down: How I Plan On Managing My Time

Lessons in Slowing Down: How I Plan On Managing My Time

Time is a funny thing. When I became a parent, and then a working parent, it became a precious commodity. I am obsessed with it. Each half-hour of my life is carefully plotted out on an Outlook calendar. Like Annabel Crabb, I use the whole day 

Lessons in Slowing Down: The Ship Metaphor

Lessons in Slowing Down: The Ship Metaphor

I’ve been thinking a lot about this mission of mine to slow down in 2015. I’ve had lots of metaphors going, but the ship metaphor has been my favourite. It doesn’t just apply to slowing down – it applies to many areas of my life that 

Our Unplugged Family Holiday, and What I Really Want For the New Year

Our Unplugged Family Holiday, and What I Really Want For the New Year

We went away, for three days. With no access to the internet and no phone reception. Which turned out to be a wonderful experience, as I was thinking about what I want for 2015. I reflected on 2014 and felt a sense of pride that we