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DEAR MUM, YOU’D BE SO PROUD

Dear Mum, It’s a big week here. Remember when you and Neville flew over the ditch to visit and meet your first grandchild? That little baby boy is graduating from high school today. I know.

LET TOYS BE TOYS

My first reaction to News Limited front pages today purporting that I was at war with Barbie dolls, with the typical Photoshop job to boot, was to laugh. But it’s actually not really all that funny – we should be able to have a discussion about the ways toys are marketed to children without sensationalist …

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SCARE THE KIDS? WHY NOT?

I am the mother of five children. They range in age from twenty-five down to seven. When my twenty-two year old son came home to visit recently, he made the observation that I don’t frighten my little ones enough. I was horrified. “What?” I stammered. “What on earth do you mean?” He went on to tell …

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CHEATING. SHOULD YOU TELL?

Recently I sat down to watch The View – the U.S. daytime talk show (and my vice – don’t call me when it’s on) starring Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.     Each episode features a potentially fiery segment called “Hot Topics”, and on this particular day, it was …

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BABIES? BAN ‘EM

Babies in restaurants – it’s a hoary old chestnut that has reared its ugly baby-hating head again now that a famed American chef has posed the question about whether babies should be banned in them. Grant Achatz, of the Michelin starred, $200-plus-a-head Alinea restaurant in Chicago had parents bring an 8 month-old baby to his …

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A TRIO OF TALES…

GROWING UP AND AWAY, Lisa Schofield I have a son. He’s 11 years old and is growing up. I know this because there are cracks appearing in our relationship.   They were tiny to start with. I’d get an occasional “don’t, mum,” but the cracks got bigger to “Mum, don’t say that kind of stuff” …

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