When it comes to work/life balance, the days don’t matter so much

Days Don't Matter

Last week Josh Spector* shared an article by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from Thrive Global called Work-Life Balance Is About Years, Not Days. This is basically a fresh take on the 'tilting' theory of finding balance, something I first read on Planning with Kids years ago and was recently reminded of by Brooke at Slow Your Home. I like to think I've ...

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How I unspoiled my kids

Mary's House

I shared an article on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, that was shared again and again. There is a lot about the article that I don't agree with (the headline, for one thing), but there was a lot in there that really resonated with me. I am hyper-aware of how it is all-too easy to spoil our kids these days. In many, many ways, my kids ...

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Work and life and living

Work Life Balance

Ages ago I wrote a post about how having it all felt a bit like shit and it was a big one. Lots and lots and lots of mums could relate. The interesting thing about writing that, though, was that I think I missed the point. Or, at least I didn't write the point very well. See, there were loads of lovely comments on that post and social media ...

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Weekend Rewind | School holiday blues

Medieval Badoo

We are almost half-way through the school hols already and I don't know how I feel about it. It's been a bit of a struggle to readjust to being a working mum and billeting out the children  to make the holidays work. Holidays are not happy times for working mums. Unless we happen to be on hols as well. Otherwise it's just a bit sad. So, the ...

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Parenting by heart | The kind of mother I am…

"I should have... " "It would have been better if..." "I wish I was..." "I'm going to..." "I never..." "If only..." How often do you catch yourself using these statements? If you're anything like me, the answer is "all too often". I like myself, I really do. So I'm not sure why I think I'm never quite good enough, especially at ...

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Secret Working Mums Business: WMP

Much like the kid who wants to be an actor but trains to be a plumber, every mother needs a second job.  It's a self-esteem thing, but not as you might think.Yes, it's busy being a working mother. Busy, busy, busy. It requires the strategic planning power of a General and the stamina of his army, but...But.This could just be me, but the ...

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Work / life integration

My life as a 'working mother' is not something that I talk about half as much as I'd like on my blog. Naturally it comes up from time to time, but to give it the same amount of focus that it has in my real life, well... I think my corporate job would bore the pants of half of you and make the other half cringe at my 'working for the man' status. ...

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Postie delivery: The art of the working mother – more Picasso than Monet

Rzrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... sorry, that was my attempt at copying the mosquito whine of our postman's motorbike. Doesn't really sound like that, does it? Today I've delivered a post over at Planning with Kids. Nicole asked me to share some tips for working mothers, but I've already been there with regretfully bitchy results, ...

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Those wretched little moments

The Badoo was really sick last night. It started at around 11pm and went on until just after 3am. Vomiting every ten minutes until she was feebily retching and heaving every ten instead. "I don't want to do this anymore, mummy," said my weak little trouper at one point. My heart coiled.How helpless and worried and pained I felt. And at the back of ...

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Things I learned this week including that cupcakes can bake themselves

Happy Friyay! Another week, another... week. I overnighted in Adelaide on Sunday night for a shoot on Monday, collapsed exhausted on Tuesday following major work announcements, spent Wednesday night laughing at a home BBQ with my soon-to-be-ex colleagues and spent Thursday night baking into the wee small hours. Hello working Mum. Here's what I ...

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