Mum’s Vs Schools

The school run, parents’ evenings, homework assignments, buying shoes that match school uniform criteria, these challenges for Mum’s start at around age 4 and go on up until age 18(+!).I’m not suggesting it will ever be an easy job to be a Mum and have a child (or children) attending school; but surely schools should be embracing 21st century technology to make life just that little bit easier....more

3 Gifts Your Mum Will Love This Christmas

Christmas is coming, and it’s time to pick up your presents for Mum. But what does she really want? A new cookbook? An apron with a comedy twist? It’s time to get down and take a look at what real mums actually want. I don’t want something silly and generic that I’ll never have any use for! These are the three things I’ll be keeping an eye out for under the Christmas tree this year.Small Jewellery Pieces...more


My mum used to be such an angry woman, with dark moods and a frustrated temper.  She always had an eighties perm and a frown on her face.Mum seemed to be in the kitchen for what seemed to be my entire childhood, making a mess and a fuss over the simplest of meals.  I remember the smell of the ironing and the huge pile of dad's shirts and our school uniforms.  She would set herself up in the corner of the kitchen, the iron hissing as she stared into the surrendered fabric....more


Two parents, newly entwined, two families, merging together, sharing the best of themselves, and their lives, forward focused. Children mixing, relationships forming, a new shared horizon where all complexities and history are put aside,  enabling each member to find their own place in the new ecosystem that is us and our children, that is a modern-day family, spread over miles with a formidable cast of members....more

A Four Year Old's Spirituality

  It was early evening. We often played musical beds at bedtime because the kids liked the security of a sibling or two falling asleep in the same room, especially when older brothers and sisters were still up and having fun. I was nursing Katie, four year old Emily played with my hair and sucked her thumb and David had almost fallen asleep across the room.  David suddenly sat straight up in bed, popped his eyes open and stated, "Someone just called my name....more

Sharing the Reins


In Memory of My Mother I am Going to Plant a Tree

My mother suddenly passed away four years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her dearly. Losing my mother, even though I was in my 40′s, felt like I was being abandoned. I felt a sense of loss that was so paralyzing. I was left unable to take care of myself or make a single decision on my own. I could not fathom that she was actually gone....more

Computers, Internet, Stands and Work, Work, Work

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And You Thought Valentine's Day was Tricky

By Kristin Fast, Lifestyle Editor and In-House Wit-Cracker Forget the time old idea of Mom and apple pie… today’s mother, as you surely know, is not only bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan, but also volunteering for the school carnival committee and getting to the gym 3 afternoons a week. She is a machine that can juggle separate schedules, knows your shoe size and together you share an irrational love for British Rom-coms. She is your mother and she is awesome....more