When I was 26 years old I did this course called ‘The Happiness Program.’  I know it sounds really naff when people say this, but it changed my life.  It really did.  When I registered for the course I didn’t realise just how much I needed it.   I’d spent so many years of my life being really busy.  I was constantly trying to fit in as much as I could.  I was an addicted multi-tasker and a high achiever – basically your classic Type A personality....

  You’d think that telling your kid that they’re a good boy/girl is a good thing right?  Well, since Joshua was born it’s been something I’ve consciously avoided saying to him.  I’ve never quite been able to explain why, I just felt really drawn to not using the expression.  I’ve also felt a bit weird whenever people have asked me if he’s a good boy.  I mean, what mum’s going to say her kid’s not?   I...

I know of mums who dealt with their kids’ cradle cap really early and others who never did anything about it. You really don’t need to do anything unless it becomes itchy and starts bleeding, (which is very rare) or if bothers you of course. Treatment: I waited until Joshi was 15 months before I did anything about his.  You couldn’t see it because it was hidden under his hair and I wasn’t bothered by it, but I reached a stage where thought it would...

If you’re not sleeping well at night then you’re probably spending a lot of your days feeling irritable and wishing you had more energy.  It’s not rocket science and you’ve probably heard it before – but getting high-quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  So, as a parent who regularly wakes through the night to attend to your child, what can you do to reduce the debilitating feeling of having your body’s natural...

Twelve years ago when I was traveling around India I spent a few weeks with a group of travellers in this really beautiful, remote place. We were living in caves or tents in the middle of nowhere. For food, a couple of us would hike a few hours down to the nearest village and bring back supplies on the back of a donkey. At that time, I’d just started becoming more aware of what goes into the products I’d been using on my body for years, such at the sodium lauryl...

I’m still in shock – Joshi (who’s 15 months old now) slept 7 hours in a row for the first time ever.  It’s probably coincidental, but that same day I started Dr Sears “Baby Sleep Book,”(affiliate link) and decided to implement some of his toddlers sleep tips. Since then our evenings have quite a different feel to them. Usually we’d do a huge evening clean-up until Joshi shows tired signs, and then take him out for a walk in the carrier until he nods off....

I can’t tell you how often I’ve been asked this question in the last 14 months.  There’ve even been times when meeting another mum for the first time she’s skipped the ‘hi, what’s your name and how old’s your baby” stuff and gone straight for the big question.  What everyone’s really asking is, “Does your little darling sleep through the night?”   Joshi’s almost 15 months and ever since he was born he’s...

When Joshi first started walking I was in no hurry to get him shoes.  It felt right to be ensuring that he got 3 months of running around totally barefoot, mostly on the grass and down at the beach. So three months passed before I went shoe shopping.  Somehow, when he reached 14 months the need for protective shoes seemed to get a little urgent because suddenly he was running everywhere, including over some really rough surfaces. After a few weeks of procrastination I impulsively...

I think we must’ve temporarily lost our minds because we decided to go with Joshi to the Sydney light show (Vivid) this week. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s a massive light show projected onto Sydney’s landmark buildings. After a few nights of deliberating around whether or not to go we decided we would, just to be done with it and move past the procrastination.  Yes, a ridiculous reason to venture out into the cold with a toddler to one of the...

For the past 13 months we’ve been practicing elimination communication (EC) with Joshi. There have been times when it’s been easy, times when it’s been hard and then really exciting times like last Tuesday when I feel that it’s paid off huge as we move into a whole new place with it.  Again Kate, thanks heaps for letting me know about this before Joshi was born.  (Kate has a great blog and writes about EC’ing too … click here to read...

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