The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.

My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has got into the habit of requiring a nappy change, just as we’re about to leave the house, and it has the power to push buttons of annoyance, anger and frustration all at once.  It drives me crazy.  Really crazy.  I leave the house these days in a rush and a … More The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.

Let’s NOT teach our children outdated messages about consent & respect.

I write this blog, in a thoughtful but largely light hearted way, about the things that toddlers do that push our buttons.  But something really pushed my buttons this week: when I read that in 2016, young women are still being told to take responsibility for a man’s unwelcome gaze or actions. A deputy principal at a … More Let’s NOT teach our children outdated messages about consent & respect.

This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.

Recently I interviewed Emily Joyce about who pushes her buttons and how she navigates parenthood.  She said one thing in particular that really stuck in my mind:  I wonder whether a lot of parenting is about the loss of control and trying to cope with that. It rang a big old bell for me, and struck … More This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.

But It’s Mine!

There once was a girl with a head full of curls, whose favourite word was ‘mine’. From the moment she woke, whenever she spoke, she would utter the very same line: “That’s mine!” she would whine, all of the time, regardless of what she had seen. A toy, or a hat, a bike or a … More But It’s Mine!