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Vomit Comet

Over the weekend, two of my children destroyed my car with vomit over the course of a four hour round trip. We missed a very important birthday party, I missed a long awaited/ much needed women’s circle. It was just dreadful altogether. In terms of the vomit horror...

Big Questions and Honesty

My kids started asking questions about sex, death, illness, bodies, relationships and god waaaay earlier than I perhaps imagined. And I was surprised at how giggly and awkward and tongue tied I became at some of these topics. I was surprised at how much my script on...

Taking off the Good-Girl Shoes

When first working in birth, given my personal experience- I really believed the main thing a person needed when entering the birth space was a solid education in childbirth. And I loved to teach it too. Well- I still teach. I still love it and see the value in it. I...

Play before Work

My house is often a wreck because of the importance of play. I have criticised and punished myself internally a million times for the fact that I often have a sink full of dishes/ a machine full of wet washing/ an unswept floor/ four baskets expectantly waiting for...

So the Yelling thing…

I’m not what you’d call an advocate for yelling at kids. Or really any sort of shame, intimidation or punishment as a means of managing behaviour.The reason being that when this is the go to approach… it just flat out doesn’t work. These sorts of responses to...