Anxiety

Family

Trust Your Instincts – Even If You’re Wrong

When my daughter was ten months old, after a particularly restless night with her awake every hour, I stood in my kitchen like a zombie preparing my three year old son’s breakfast. He had also woken up a couple of times that night. I was wrecked. My daughter was sitting…

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Children Articles

Homework: How much is too much or too soon?

I hate homework. I hate homework more as a parent than I did as a student (and trust me, I wasn’t a fan of it then either). I’d even say I hate homework more than my children do now. HATE it. Yet, I still attempt to enforce it at home.

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General Health

Protect Home Doctor Services – House Call Doctor

Home doctor services are incredibly important service for our community. They provide bulk billed, after hours, GP services in your home. There have been several times if we couldn't get a home visit doctor to come to us we would have unnecessarily taken our children to hospital.

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Children Articles

5 Tips To Get To School On Time

have a confession to make - I’m usually the parent hurling their kids out of the car onto the footpath in the drop-and-run zone as the bell goes at 9:00am (give or take a couple of minutes!) It’s a rare morning that my kid doesn’t have to run to class.

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Health

Anxiety Attacks – What Not To Say (And how to really help)

I get you just want to help. I really do. This is no way a critism of anyone who's ever said any of these things to me. I really really understand you mean to be supportive, but sometimes it has the opposite affect.

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Birthing Articles

Birth Trauma Matters

Exactly how you give birth might not matter; a csection, vaginal birth, home birth, or in hospital, whether it was hands off birth or you had lots of intervention. What happened doesn't matter nearly as much as how you felt during and after giving birth.

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Diet and Exercise

Body Image and Weight Loss

Surely I can’t be the only person who’s thought: “I’d love my body if I weighed X amount” “I’d love my body if I wear X size clothing” “I’d love my body if it looked exactly how I want it to look.”

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Health

Nobody Can Make You Feel Guilty

I read this article - Why I Refuse to Feel Guilty About Mum Guilt by Emily Hawker and I relate to every. Single. Word. of it. I knew I would from the title alone. As sick of feeling irrationally guilty about motherhood, I’m sick of being told I need to…

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Baby Articles

I didn’t Cherish My Babies And That’s Okay

I love babies. I’m ridiculously excited when my friend are pregnant and even more so when the baby arrive. I fuss, I knit them blankets that take me 40 hours, I love the smell of babies so much that even milky newborn baby spew smells good to me.

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Family

Medela – “Motherhood is different for everybody”

I was recently involved in filming a clip for Medela - "Motherhood is different for everybody". I was so nervous with filming that it sounds like I was about to cry and I discovered I'm not destined for a life in television given how utterly wigged out I was by…

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Family

Anxiety As A Blogger

So, in the last month I’ve only published one thing written by me. I don’t know if anyone has actually noticed - and it’s totally okay if you haven’t - I’ve gone to some effort to conceal my “writer's block”; frequently posting amusing memes on social media and sharing guest…

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Family

Awkward Responses to Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Witty, well thought out responses to unsolicited parenting advice are all well and good - if you have the alertness and sassy personality to pull it off. I do not.

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Health

6 Things I’ve learned about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

My own journey with Anxiety has been going on for 7 years - not continuously - but my anxiety does come back from time to time since my children were born (my son is 7 and my daughter is 3) and there are a lot of things that I've learned…

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Health

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 2015

So, this week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (From the 15th to the 21st of November). I’m going to write a few posts on the topic and publish them throughout the week, but I thought I’d start by sharing a bit about why this week is really important…

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Family

Uh oh. What happened????

Within MOMENTS, before even the fluid had reached the other end of the visual window, that line came up. It was DARK. It was definite. There was no squinting involved. No inverse colours on the phone. It was all too clear.

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Children Articles

In The Deep End – Learning to swim

My eldest who is now 6, had done swimming lessons from mid last year, to the beginning of this year. He loved it. Followed instruction pretty well. But couldn't focus or hold on to wait his turn as the instructor taught the other 2 children in his group.

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Baby Articles

To Myself 3 Years Ago – Parenting Gets Easier

(Firstly, to provide a little context for this letter, my kids right now are 3 and a half and nearly 7, so 3 years ago they were 6 months old and nearly 4) Hey Rach, how are you going?

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Family

What Other People Think Of Me Is None Of My Business

So, a couple of days ago someone told me something that had been said about me that wasn’t very nice. Actually, it was pretty horrible. Also extremely unfair and simply untrue. Nonetheless, it was said. It was told from one person to another person and then that other person told…

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Family

Please Don’t Assume My Kids Love Dogs

I like dogs, I really do. My kids like dogs too, but only when the dog is on a lead, is close to their owner and isn’t acting like a lunatic.

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Family

10 Ways To Relax When You’re a Parent

It can be so hard to relax, and find any kind of inner - or outer - peace with out busy lives and with children around. It can feel almost impossible to get the time out we need to really recharge and revive ourselves. So I've come up with a…

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Family

Getting My Drivers Licence

I’m going for my driving test tomorrow - and I won't lie, I’m more than a little nervous. I’ve been on my Ls for about 7 years (so, not long - ha) I’ve always been a little anxious around cars - both in them and just in general. I have…

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Family

Just Take The Compliment

I have an major issue with accepting compliments, I seem to habitually disagree with the person who is trying to genuinely trying to offer me a compliment, so I thought, I should write myself an open letter and share it because I’ve noticed I’m not the only person who does…

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Family

Was He Planned?

"Was he planned" is one of the most ridiculous (also rude) questions I’ve ever been asked and still after 7 years of being asked it I’m still not entirely sure what kind of answer people are looking for... But the question itself is completely absurd, because the only answer there…

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Family

I Don’t Believe In Ghosts But…

I’m not really sure what it was about that apartment, but there was always an underlying feeling of unease there. It wasn't anything to do with how the apartment looked - it wasn't an older place. It didn't have any bad history. It was a nice apartment in a nice…

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Mental Health Stories

My Secret Fight Against Anxiety

In April 2014 I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is one of the most common health conditions in Australia. For men, anxiety is even more common than depression – 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some point

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Mental Health Stories

Bonding with Baby – Love as a Journey

I’ve started writing about my experience of bonding with my son countless times, it’s something I’ve wanted to share, but I haven’t felt ready to share all of it. I've wanted to put it out there so that anyone who might have experienced it can know they're not alone, but…

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Mental Health Stories

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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Parenting Articles

In A Hospital Hallway

To the man who sat next to me in a hospital hallway, We didn't talk, but we shared an hour of our lives. Not just any hour, but an hour that I’m sure felt like a lifetime for you as much as it did for me. We didn’t speak. We…

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Parenting Articles

Warrior Mum

One of my fears has been that I've had so many "false alarms" - what if there is something wrong and I don't act quickly enough, because I've been wrong so many times that I second guess myself.

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