Before having children, I was a dedicated, passionate primary school teacher. I felt an enormous sense of responsibility and commitment to my students. Between my own conscientiousness and the demands of the job, though, I realised that teaching wasn’t a sustainable career for me. I was constantly spread too thin, exhausted to my bones, without […]
Let me dream a little here. Ideally, my husband or I would notice something that needs doing, ask one of our sons to do it and they would just do it. No complaining that it’s their brother’s turn to do a job and why do they always have to be the one to do the work. No pleading to do it later, which we all know never comes (at least, not without consistent nagging). No using up my own time and energy getting them to do a job that I could’ve done myself with less effort than I was using trying to get them to do it.
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I’m fortunate that almost all the comments people leave on my essays and social media posts are positive and kind. I don’t think I write anything particularly controversial but my ideas can be unconventional at times and, very occasionally, someone leaves a comment like “that won’t work!” as if I don’t have a clue what […]
When I was expecting my first baby, I devoured baby care books. I used my library card to borrow almost every book that had been written about newborn babies and, from there, chose the best ones to actually purchase. I packed the chosen few along with my birth plan in my hospital suitcase. I was […]
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