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Digital Distraction or Just Another Form Of Parenting Shaming?

I had a wonderful childhood! Obviously I grew up in a time before smartphones. So as you could imagine being a child in a  pre-tech-obsessed time my parents gave me their absolute undivided attention at all time. They didn’t have smart phones to distract themselves from enjoying every blissful moment…

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Share The Dignity – #itsinthebag

Share The Dignity is a charity that provides homeless women, or women who have been victims of domestic violence, with essential personal hygiene products. Things like pads and tampons. It’s something I hadn’t even considered until I heard of Share The Dignity. How do you manage a period when you…

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5 Horror Movies I Should Never Have Watched

Last night I had a nightmare about the Stephen King "It" movie that is coming out soon. I haven't even seen the original movie, but all the advertising and hype around this movie has given me the creeps. Yep, I'm so soft and easily frightened that I can get nightmares…

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Please Don’t Boycott The Postal Plebiscite

There’s been a few whispers floating around on social media suggesting that we should boycott the possible upcoming postal vote on marriage equality. We all know this whole process is utter crap and won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on. 

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Larissa Waters Breastfeeding – The No Win Situation For Women

Larissa Waters Breastfeeding In Parliament Shows the No Win Situation For Mothers   Larissa Waters does yet another breastfeeding first https://t.co/A5a18083VE pic.twitter.com/BXMh7vYH5M — Karen Barlow (@KJBar) June 22, 2017   First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion…

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When Mothers Regret Motherhood

The Project recently aired a segment about mothers regretting becoming mums. Which has naturally a divisive topic. But I think it’s an important topic to allow people to talk about. 

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Gendering McDonalds Happy Meal Toys – “Is it for a boy or a girl?”

It seems like an innocent enough question and McDonalds has been doing this for years. Asking parents whether or not the Happy Meal is for a boy or a girl and assigning them a toy based on their gender.

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Target Hits A Sore Spot With Their Latest Catalogue

Admittedly, this a bit of a storm in a teacup, but it’s the school holidays. I am a little bored. So it was interesting and enlightening to watch the drama online as it unfolded.

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Why We Don’t Need More Gilmore Girls

So, I think I’m not the only one who’s first reaction to those final words was to basically panic and search the internet for any kind of indication that they were planning to make more. They can’t end it like this! They can’t. It’s not okay.

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Victim Blaming, Slut Shaming and Rape Culture

I’m so emotionally exhausted victim blaming, slut shaming and the relentlessness of rape culture. They’re constant, and everywhere. It’s perpetuated by men and women, mothers and father, even police.

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Census and Religion – Just Mark The Right Box

The Census is tomorrow and there’s been a few signs around explaining to people that if you are not religious anymore than you should mark the “No Religion” box on the census to provide the most accurate information.

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You’re Entitled To An Opinion But

You’re probably aware that Sonia Kruger made some remarks about stopping Muslim immigration into Australia yesterday, suggesting it should be “stopped now, because I would like to feel safe....”

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How Target Stole Christmas

If you haven’t heard (are you living under a rock?!?! It’s all over Facebook!) Target are not having a "Greatest Toy Sale On Earth" this year. So Target are not offering their usual 6 month layby for Christmas alongside the toy sale that they're not running.

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Boy Falls Into Gorilla Enclosure

People are blaming the mother for "letting" her child fall into the gorilla exhibit. There’s even been a Change.org petition calling for her to be held accountable for the death of the gorilla, 17 year old Harambe.

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Parents Threatened With A Fine For Having A Normal Toddler

So naturally this piece of news has sparked heavy debate online about whether or not it's reasonable to expect that parents refrain from allowing their child to create excessive noise.

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Safe Schools Program

The way I see it, there are two main kinds of people in this world. The ones who like strawberry jam and the ones that don’t. Some people say it’s actually a much broader spectrum than just liking jam or not, but whatever. I’m not judging or anything.

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My Concerns with Gender Selection

Recently a celebrity I’ve never actually heard of before the last few days, in America, spoke about her IVF process and shared that her doctor allowed her and her partner to choose which of their multiple embryos they would use.

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Do What You Can For Who You Can – #LetThemStay

Do What You Can For Who You Can – #LetThemStay   This has been on my mind for a few days, I’m not sure I’m going to express this quite right, because I’m super passionate about this, but I also genuinely want to encourage people to give some thought to…

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No Contraception No Dole – No Deal

Former ferderal Labour MP Gary Johns has written a book titled “No Contraception - No Dole”. This is not a new line for Gary Johns, he wrote a column for The Australian back in December 2014, of the same title.

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No One Is Stealing Christmas

Have you ever played that board game, Fact or Crap? The one where you have to sort out the truth from the absolute rubbish? Christmas is getting kind of like that.

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Your Nutella Fail

Dear Nutella, We have to talk. Firstly, I want to tell you that I do I love you - and I hope we can work this out. Up until now I felt like we’ve had a pretty good relationship.

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Sesame Street and Autism

One of the happiest moments for me this week, was news that the awesome people at Sesame street, had introduced a new Muppet named Julia.

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Nanny Pilot Programme Coming Soon

The Australian Government is investing $246 million over two years for the Nanny Pilot Programme to assist families with the cost of in home childcare.

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Stephen Acott – “Who Breastfeeds a Three Year Old?”

I recently read your opinion piece published by The Daily Telegraph and I noticed you asked a lot of interesting questions. Perhaps you were being rhetorical but clearly this entire post came from a place of genuinely not understanding and so I would like to take this opportunity to answer…

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No Valid Argument Against Marriage Equality

This is something I’ve thought about writing for a while and the main reason I haven’t is it feels like it is so incredibly obvious that it really should go without saying. BUT here goes. I’ll say it. There is absolutely no valid argument against marriage equality.

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Mother Banned From Breastfeeding Because of Tattoo

A NSW Family Court has overturned Federal Circuit Court Judge Matthew Myers' decision to grant an injunction to stop a mother from breastfeeding her son. The father of the baby raised concerns about the baby’s safety after the mother got a tattoo last month.

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Recent “Helicopter Parenting” Study

“Helicopter Parenting” is back in the news as a recent study at Brigham Young University has shown that even with parental warmth and love “Helicopter Parenting” may still have a negative impact on a child.

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Budgets, Babies and Back-Flips – Paid Parental Leave

Everyone is buzzing with the talk of the budget and specifically, the changes to the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme. The government Paid Parental Leave scheme was first introduced by the Labor government in 2011 and granted all working women 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the national minimum…

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Oh, For The Love of Brelfies

For those of you who haven't heard it's a term to describe pictures of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Selfies. Brelfies.

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KidzAid CPR Challenge

Today we went along and participated in the KidzAid CPR Challenge, which was to set the world record for the most people learning pediatric CPR in the same place in an 8 hour period. I was keen to go along and get involved, it’s something that I’m passionate about myself…

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50 Shades of Ughhh

50 Shades of Ughhhhh…..not really my thing. He stalks her, taps her phone, he’s manipulative and intimidating, he’s not big on gaining true and informed consent and even though he’s a hot billionaire, he does not float my boat, for all of the above mentioned reasons.

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Boys Toys and Girls Toys

With Christmas fast approaching I am faced with an issue that is really bugging me. The whole gendered toy thing. Being a former day carer I completely believe all toys are for all children.

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Why I Don’t Like Mark Latham

Mark Latham recently wrote an opinion piece directed at Lisa Pryor, titled “Why Left Feminists Don’t Like Kids”. As a lefty and a feminist, I had to click on it. I’ll admit I knew going into it that I wasn’t going to like what he wrote, but I was imagining…

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Feminism is the new F-word

Julie Bishop was raised on a South Australian cherry farm. She grew up and studied hard, eventually graduating with a Law degree. She worked her way up through the ranks of a couple of law firms (notably Clayton Utz where she attained managing partnership) before entering federal politics. She is…

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Thermomix TM5 – Thermostorm

The Thermomix is known for its ability to help you cook up a storm in the kitchen, but the recent launch of the newest model, the Thermomix TM5, has caused a storm of a very different nature. In a nutshell, the new model was launched by Vorwerk without any advance…

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R U OK?

Today – and any day – is a good day to ask people that simple question; “R U OK” You might start a conversation that could change someone's life. According to Beyond Blue in Australia: 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage in their lives. 1 in…

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Children, Respect and Saying No

This letter was written by 9 year old Chloe. It says: “Dear Parents, It seems you both are a little overly strict tonight. Therefore I do not wish to read with you tonight. But if you change your additude I will be happy to. Goodnight.  From Chloe L Smith.” It’s…

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Diaper Boy Doll Kerfuffle

A mother bought a doll from Toys’R’Us. This doll was dressed in blue, and labelled as “Diaper Boy Doll” with also the words “Baby cries when he wets” on the front of the packaging. So, this a boy doll that can wee. Now, I can understand having a bit of…

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There is Nothing Wrong with Modern Parenting

Emma Jenna has been a nanny for 20 years, she is the author of “Keep Calm and Parent On” and she’ has recently written a blog post  “5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting Is In Crisis” which has gained a lot of attention from parents both applauding her and disagreeing with what she has to…

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If You’re Not Nice On The Internet

If you're not nice on the internet, you're not nice. Simple enough idea, right? On Friday, Sunrise ran a segment about Alexis Rodriguez, executive director of public relations for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and mother, who wrote an article for Yahoo, titled “Beauty after baby: The Honest Truth” The opening paragraph…

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Nurse-In at Westmead Children’s Hospital

Tomorrow (6th of June 2014) between 1pm-2pm Lactivists Australia are hosting a Nurse-In at Westmead’s Children’s Hospital after a mother, Alison Smith, was told by staff in the sibling childcare centre of the hospital that she couldn’t breastfeed her crying child there – she was told she would bother the…

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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

So, there’s this women in the UK who’s breastfeeding her 5 year old. Her picture is all over social media. People have been commenting “That’s sick!” “There’s no nutritional value!” “Who is it for, the mum or the child?!” and so on

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Ban Childcare Waiting List Fees

National parent advocacy group The Parenthood is launching a campaign to see all childcare centre waiting list fees banned in Australia. Their data found that in Sydney, in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt 60% of childcare centres are charging parents between $15 and $100 per child just to put…

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“Helicopter Parenting” is on the Rise.

We've been hearing for a while now that "Helicopter Parenting" (or the academic term "Intensive Parenting" ) may have a detrimental effect on children. By hovering, and managing children's play times, parents may be interrupting their child's creativity and problem solving. Then by swooping in to save children from any…

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Dr Christian’s Embarrassing Comments

Dr Christian Jessen is quoted in the magazine as saying: “Breast milk boosts a baby’s immune system, but only for the first six months. After that, it has no effect. As long as they child is having a healthy diet, there’s no harm in breastfeeding. But breastfed older children risk…

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Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat

The Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price  is one of those things that when you’re exhausted, and baby or toddler will not let you put them down for long enough to pee (and you’re sick of either peeing with someone small screaming at door OR peeing with someone small…

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Paid to Breastfeed

Under a pilot scheme in the UK, mothers will be paid to breastfeed their own babies.Mothers involved in the initial trial will be paid $340 in food vouchers in instalments at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months if they continue to breastfeed

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Why are we angry with Disneyland?

Disneyland has just recently changed their rules about lining up for rides with disabled children. If you had a child with disabilities, they were given top priority to cut to the front of the line.

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Early Childhood Educators Shortage

Childcare and Nanny Agencies have to recruiting early childhood educators from overseas to meet childcare needs in Australia. As reported by News.com.au, Michael Crosby, from the Childcare union United Voice said “Educators are leaving at the rate of 180 every week. They love the work, but they cannot afford to…

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Lose That Baby Weight!

Is anyone else just completely fed up with the pressure to be thin, sexy, and beautiful – all the time? I’m over it! Completely and utterly OVER IT. Even Facebook keeps telling me, on a daily basis, that I have to lose my baby weight...

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The BIG Latch on 2013

"The Big Latch on” will be held at hundreds of sites around the world, with mother’s breastfeeding for one minute.

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Got to Love Royalty!

Well if you have had your head buried in dirt the past 24-48hrs. You would of heard that the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. A nice 8pounder. News reports say it was a natural birth, and they are still discussing names.

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Australian University finds father’s Sperm link to children obesity

Researchers have found obese father’s sperm could increase the risk of their children in being overweight. Dr Tod Fullston, of University of Adelaide, has revealed in a study, using mice, a connection between the father’s sperm and obesity and diabetes-like symptoms in up to two generations of offspring. Dr Fullston…

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Fair Work Australia to Review Childcare Wages

United Voice, the union which represents childcare working, has lodged a complaint with Fair Work Australia to increase early childhood educators wages by $10 an hour.

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Royal Baby Watching

After reading about the history of breasting in the British monarchy I started to wonder how much choice and freedom will Kate and Will have to decide how they parent their own baby.

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“Clueless” Star Promotes Milk Sharing

“Clueless” Star Promotes Milk Sharing Two weeks ago, Alicia Silverstone, star of the movie “Clueless”, started a milk share on her blog The Kind Life, inviting mums to share or ask for donated breast milk for their babies, also providing a platform for mothers to ask specific questions about the donor…

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Blood Test for PND

As reported in the Telegraph, doctors in the UK have developed a blood test which may be an early indicator of post natal depression.

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Barbie is Unrealistic

As great as it was to see an average person doll made, and to see the differences in Barbie and the every day woman. I think we have forgotten that Barbie, was never meant to be REALISTIC. She was meant to be a character, a make believe being like a…

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Michael Jackson enticed “Lost boys”

Michael Jackson enticed “Lost boys” After reading this article by “The Mirror UK”  – I am beginning to, no longer be a sit on the fence person when coming to Michael Jackson, and the victims of Neverland. More then 10 kids have come forward over the years, and it’s been a long…

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Child dies after swallowing battery

Child dies after swallowing battery A four year old Tewantin girl, died after swallowing a button sized lithium battery on Sunday night. She was rushed to hospital than air lifted to Brisbane, but could not be saved. Within one to two hours of becoming lodged in a position, Lithium Batteries, start…

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“Ban The Bottle” – A Formula For Disaster

In Venezuela, law-makers will be discussing legislation which would deny parents access to formula, with exceptions including mothers with limited milk supply or in the case of the death of the mother.

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Finnish Babies, Cardboard Boxes and the Baby Bonus

A recent article on the BBC website caught my eye - Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes - and upon reading it I was surprised to discover in Finland every expectant mother is given the option of a Baby Box

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Merida’s “Brave” Makeover

The makeover of Princess Merida from Disney’s Brave has created some controversy, many people, including the director of Brave, Brenda Chapman, saying that:

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Nurse In at KB Thai

Nurse In at  KB Thai On Friday 10th of May, Bruce Sands posted this message on KB Thai, a restaurant on the Woy Woy, NSW, Facebook Page: According to Bruce’s message his wife, Ling Sands, was breastfeeding their three month old baby at KB Thai restaurant, a staff member had approached them and…

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Mother Drowns Her Two Sons (Reponse)

On Facebook this morning, I came across a friends post about a case currently in the media where a woman with severe mental health issues drowned her two young sons, and I wanted to discuss depression and what should happen to someone who did this to their own children. Click…

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Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology

Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology The turn out was great, a lot of mums, dads, beautiful babies and toddlers, members of the community and media came out to Satellite Cafe this morning to show their support to Reagan Matthews who was discriminated against by the owner of this…

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Nurse In At Satellite Cafe

Yesterday in Sydney, in a Newtown Café, a mother was asked by a staff member to stop breastfeeding her baby following complaints made by other patrons.

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