Making Sense of Menopause

Why are things that are so natural, so innate to our being and biology, often so shrouded in mystery? The answer lies in patriarchy’s long history of power and control, that helped render the natural machinations of a female body – menstruation, sexual desire, child bearing – secret and shameful. Menopause has become something that […]

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13 Survival Strategies for When Your Kid Leaves Home

Whether you’re whooping or grieving, it’s the end of an era like no other.  Whether they’ve hot footed it to Uni, or taken their first dose of independent living and working, here’s your guide on how to face forward and prosper (aka ‘get through’). Stage 1 – the early days Cry!  Having a sob can be […]

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Six tips for parents doing it tough since their kid left home

Some people cruise through it, some suffer in silence, some move on quickly, some do not.  Your kid leaving home is a very personal journey. I read a first-person story on line recently about a woman grieving for her grown daughter who had moved interstate, and with whom she was super close, particularly after being […]

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Three things to know about staying healthy and happy

If we need convincing of the value in staying connected with our adult kids, we can turn to ‘The Harvard Study of Adult Development’. Ignoring the fact that the nearly 80-year long study only looked at men for its first 65 years (it now has women and mid-life children (of the original participants), the findings have helped […]

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“A parent’s love is shown through letting go”

When Cecil Day-Lewis wrote “Walking Away”, he was reflecting, some 18 years after the event, on sending his seven year old son off to boarding school.  He said the memory of it “Gnaws at my mind still”. “… selfhood begins with a walking away, And love is proved in the letting go.” Whether you whooped for […]

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Life after kids – some insights on the marriage bit

A pre-Covid story… It’s been super interesting picking up the ’empty nest’ stories from the northern hemisphere of late – there it is the season of farewells – where wings are being spread in their thousands as little darlings leave for Uni. In the southern hemisphere, the build up is in full swing, for a […]

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