Moving focuses mind on what matters

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I’M writing this column from my home office crammed with boxes. Those boxes are bulging with the work and memories of the past 12 years of my life. We moved house on Saturday. There’s nothing like a big shift to focus your mind on the passing of time; on how quickly the years fly by; on how much life changes year to year. We arrived to this house the month prior to … [Read more...]

In search of joy

Marie Kondo

I looked at the calendar and was horrified. It's already June. Shouty advertisements announcing the end of financial year sales are assaulting our eyes and our ears and the middle of year is nearly here. Where has the first half of 2016 gone? What have we achieved? What do we have to show for the time? Dear world, please stop, I want to get off. I don’t know about … [Read more...]

Early experiences vital for children

This parenting gig is a tough one. There are plenty of books advising us on the right way and the wrong way to raise our children but ultimately (for me at least) it's a work in progress. One area I feel we could have done better in the early years was engendering a love of reading in our boys. Sure we read to them but neither have developed a real passion for reading. I … [Read more...]

Welcome to Boonah, my community.

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I've been working as a journalist since 1994. That's a long time and I can honestly say I've enjoyed most days of my writing career. However the majority of my experience has been in print publications. I'm a voracious consumer of publications - magazines, newspapers, online news sites, blogs ... you'll often find me reading some form of print media. My husband can't quite … [Read more...]

Are we there yet? 10 ways to deal with school holiday boredom.

Parenting Panel ABC

Seven weeks down. One to go. Summer holidays are nearly over. You can probably hear the cries of 'Thanks God!' from parents everywhere. How do you plan for extended school holiday breaks? Are you a militant scheduler of family-friendly activities, or do you prescribe to the 'boredom creates initiative' method? I've adopted a bit of half/half. We've had two weeks of … [Read more...]