Her Life

My black dog

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About 15 years ago I was walking home from school when a stray black dog started to follow me. He looked as though no one cared for him; mangy, unwashed and rather ugly. I tried to shoo him away but he persisted and followed me all the way home. I don’t…

The Aussie mums helping Syrian mums feed their children

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From June 19-25, 2016 thousands of Australians will survive on modest serves of rice, flour, lentils and sardines. No, it’s not a new fad diet, it’s Act for Peace’s Ration Challenge. These are exactly the same rations that Syrian families survive on every single week in refugee camps in Jordan….

A not so walk in the park

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Yes, it’s not a walk in the park. We wheel it. We’re a wheelie family. What is a wheelie family? For us, we have a special needs, wheelchair-assisted, not quite bound, child.  We are not your average family but we are family. Life has been trying. From the moment we…

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…