Domestic Noir: The extraordinary in the ordinary

Meeting The Emotional Demands of Becoming a Mum

You’ve painted the nursery and bought the pram – but can you prepare mentally for the trials to come?   Parenting is a tough gig. Even if you’ve never felt symptoms of depression or anxiety before, pregnancy and childbirth can increase the risk of these feelings.  Becoming a parent is an emotional time, shrouded by high, often unrealistic expectations on how your new role will fit into your old life. It is a period of adjustment in your relationship, your work and social life as you adapt to meet your…

Christmas with Kids: Keeping it Real.

Before becoming a parent, Christmas with children seemed like a dreamscape; think angelic children with a twinkle in their eye, frolicking around a colour-coordinated hand-picked tree, opening presents with sheer delight. Yet, Christmas, as with life, doesn’t always play out like a greeting card and can easily decline into a rushed day of family arguments, overtired children and broken dreams. To avoid Christmas feeling like an event you need to survive rather than something you look forward to, here’s some tips on how you can best manage your children’s expectations…

The Night Watch – My Child Magazine

    ‘You want me to get up? But I have work in the morning!’ These words are heard in bedrooms throughout the globe when a baby cries at night. While some relish every precious moment with a newborn (yes, even the ones at 3am) for others, months of broken sleep can feel like torture. So, when both parents are exhausted, who should take responsibility when those midnight cries risk your sanity, and relationship? Here’s five reasons why sharing the night shift is the best thing for both your relationship,…

A Campervan with kids. Craze, or Crazy?

  If you’d rather poke sticks in your eyes than change a Portaloo cassette, campervanning with kids is unlikely to float your boat. But if you like flexibility (from toilet breaks to departure times) and you’re keen to temporarily shed the superfluous – a road-tripping holiday may be your ticket to a cost-effective way to travel. The Advantages: • Think snail – your home is always with you. Unpack once and immediately have that settled feeling. No more sippy cups or phone chargers left in hotels. No more ‘first night…

Want to know how to get published? Or learn tips to help you get there?

  Paths to Publishing Panel at Redcliffe Library 30th November 2018 You’ve written the darn thing. You think its got legs. What now? You have to be famous or know someone in the business to get published, don’t you? NO! I had no claim to fame, no writing degree, and no connections yet managed to be plucked from the slush pile by the biggest publisher in the world. So can you! If you’re sitting on the next THE DRY and don’t quite know what to do with it, come along…

Happy To Be Stuck With You? Or Stuck for the sake of the kids?

  Is staying in a loveless marriage the selfless act of a responsible parent, or a miserable way to spend the only life you get? Those faced with this heart wrenching dilemma may ask themselves if the stress of their marriage is affecting their parenting, and would the kids be better off if they split? A plethora of contradictory statistics on the matter are available online, along with plenty of opinions and judgements on what is ‘best’ for kids long-term. Friends and family also tend to offer their advice, yet…