The Regina Phenomenon
You remember Regina George right? The ultimate mean girl? You’ve probably encountered your fair share of “Regina’s” in life. I know I have. But that was in high school right? Yeah, I thought so too. I was so not prepared for the Regina’s of adult life. They are so much worse. Mostly because their mean girl tendencies can’t be played down to immaturity or lack of life experience. No. These are full blown adults who know exactly what they’re doing, and do it anyway. You might encounter them in your work life, in parenting groups, or sometimes, your own family. Rest assured, they are out there.
Dear Daughter, Gaining the title of "Mum" is the greatest honour of my life, that also bares the most overwhelming sense of responsibility.
"Don't you have a wife in there?"
I've had two major identity crisis' in my life. The first was in the months leading up to my wedding. The second, when I fell pregnant.
The paradigm of infant sleep is sending parents insane.
Did you know that you don't have to sleep train a baby? Did you know that sleep is as developmental as walking or talking? Did you know that the sleep training industry makes millions every year by exploiting desperate, sleep deprived parents?
The Illusive Pink Flannel Flower
In December 2019, Australia was on fire. My little hometown of Lithgow NSW is situated at the base of the Blue Mountains, nestled in the valley. Anywhere you stand in town, you are greeted with the view of a mountain in the distance. We are surrounded and it's a lovely, tranquil aspect. Until it burns.
Reflect. Reframe. Revive.
There are so many things people tell you when they find out you're having a baby. The cliche, well-intended advice comes by the truckload. Not surprisingly, most of it from people who have kids themselves.
Old favourites on repeat? Then this...
TV time is sacred. And then you become a parent, and TV time is the holy freaking grail. Gone are the days where endless hours could be wasted bingeing away. It never used to matter that I was watching that episode of Friends for the 1000th time, I could watch something new whenever I wanted, if that time ever came.
A contradictory heart
A heart that’s full, But also heavy. A hand that shakes, But somehow steady. Falling apart, Then coming together, A push and pull,