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Share The Dignity – #itsinthebag

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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 don’t have the money to buy those items?

Larissa Waters Breastfeeding – The No Win Situation For Women

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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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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.

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.

Boy Falls Into Gorilla Enclosure

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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.

Safe Schools Program

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.

My Concerns with Gender Selection

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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.

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 some of your questions for you.

No Valid Argument Against Marriage Equality

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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.

Budgets, Babies and Back-Flips – Paid Parental Leave

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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 wage.

KidzAid CPR Challenge

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 – I think all parents and even grandparents or casual babysitters – should empower themselves to be able to handle an emergency and maybe save someone’s life.

50 Shades of Ughhh

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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.

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.

Why I Don’t Like Mark Latham

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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 it was a rant directed at women who choose not to have children (maybe because they’re pursuing a career politics instead – something like that)

Thermomix TM5 – Thermostorm

thermomix TM5

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 warning or notification- even to their consultants. Consultants were told to be available on the day for new training and were then told of the launch. Meaning people who had taken possession of their TM31 even up until the day before paid full price for what is essentially a superseded product.

R U OK?

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 4 people will experience anxiety.

1 in 7 mothers will experience postnatal depression and 1 in 10 mothers will experience antenatal depression. Anxiety is likely to be as, if not more, common.

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 reads:

“Two months ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. I’m madly in love with my son and feel blessed that I was able to have a child and that he is healthy. I know how lucky I am, but I have to admit that I resent what pregnancy has done to my body. I understand that the stretch marks, scars and baby weight are badges of honor, but it doesn’t really change how I feel.”

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 their names on a waiting list – this is non-refundable and not a guarantee of a placement. In contrast only 9% of childcare centres in the outer west suburb of Penrith charge for putting a child on a waiting list and they only charge between $10-$50 per family.

Early Childhood Educators Shortage

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 stay.”

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…

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.

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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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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