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The trials of premature menopause

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‘Are you … um … are you okay?’ my gyno asked me hesitantly as she eyed me over. I think she expected me to have some sort of emotional breakdown. ‘Some women take the news … well, it can be upsetting,’ she trailed off. I smiled and shrugged my shoulders…

What to do after a girls’ only holiday

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So, you’ve left your family behind with your children presumably in the care of your partner (though my husband has outsourced this to grandparents on occasion) while you indulge yourself in some sans-children living. Where going to the toilet happens by yourself. Where you can use your phone freely without…

The pressure to be the perfect mum

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Do you feel like you need to be the perfect mum? You are not alone. We are all going through it. According to a latest research, eight in 10 mums feel the pressure to be the perfect parent. This is up from 67 per cent a generation ago. That’s a…

The Guide to Finding Yourself Again

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There is a generation of women who feel as if they are coming last in every aspect of their lives. Their days are filled with the heaviness of looking after everyone else. The concept of self-care or ‘me time’ feels like a cruel luxury only celebrities and the Instagram It-Girls…

Update your skills with these free online courses

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Having a family sometimes means we don’t have the time or resources to upgrade our skills or learn new things. However, with the rise of free online courses these days, there are literally hundreds you can do at your own pace. And at home. These courses are called MOOCs or…

Surviving in a freelance world

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For the last seven years, I’ve managed to maintain a freelance role from home. It’s an awesome, albeit unsecure, job. I don’t have plans to go back to full time work anytime soon. Being able to maintain this lifestyle is important for me. But I also wanted to share some…

Inconvenience is not a problem

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One of my concerns about raising a child in a first world country is that she grows up with very little understanding for those who are not as blessed as she is. We’ve all seen these types of kids – entitled and expecting to have things handed to them. They…

Ask Her: How to help kids cope with divorce part 2

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In our latest Ask Her column, clinical psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson – who specialises in therapy, treatment, and counselling for individuals, couples and families – shares more insight on how to deal with kids and divorce: My husband and I have decided to separate and ultimately get a divorce. I’m not sure…

Ask Her: How to help your kids cope with divorce Part 1

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In our latest Ask Her column, clinical psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson – who specialises in therapy, treatment, and counselling for individuals, couples and families – talks to us about dealing with kids and divorce: My husband and I have decided to separate and ultimately get a divorce. I’m not sure how to…