(BSW, MSW by research, PhD)

When Grandparents Become The Third Parent on Kidspot

When Grandparents Become The Third Parent Image courtesy of Kidspot.com.au, Source iStock Do you feel that you are the third parent when looking after your grandchildren? Many people do, and with so many grandparents in Australia now looking after their grandchildren, I decided to pen this column for Kidspot.com.au, Australia’s No1. parenting site. Looking after your… Continue reading When Grandparents Become The Third Parent on Kidspot

Learn More about Maternal Ambivalence with Raising Wildlings Podcast

Do you want to learn more about maternal ambivalence?  Do you want to learn more about maternal ambivalence?    It was truly rewarding to record a podcast on the subject with Vicci Oliver from Wildlings Forest School.   We spoke about the different feelings a lot of mums have behind their normal daily struggles with their children,… Continue reading Learn More about Maternal Ambivalence with Raising Wildlings Podcast

Lifting the lid on the motherhood paradox with The Australian

Lifting the lid on the motherhood paradox with The Australian It’s not every day an author receives a review in the flagship newspaper The Australian, so I was very excited (with a little bit of trepidation!) to see my review appear today titled ‘Lifting the lid on the motherhood paradox.” Reviewer Jess Malcolm described my new… Continue reading Lifting the lid on the motherhood paradox with The Australian

Is hate too strong a word when you are talking about a mother’s relationship with her children?

Is hate too strong a word when you’re talking about a mother’s relationship with her children? Is hate too strong a word when you are talking about a mother’s relationship with her children? This thought-provoking question, and many more, were raised at my speech to the Sydney chapter of the Australian Friends of Tel Aviv… Continue reading Is hate too strong a word when you are talking about a mother’s relationship with her children?

International Women’s Day 2021 with Mum for Mum

Challenging Traditional Attitudes About Mothering on International Women’s Day 2021 with Mum for Mum Mum For Mum is an organisation bringing together volunteers who support new mothers in their last three months of pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life. It was an honour to speak to them – on International Women’s Day no… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2021 with Mum for Mum

We need to talk more about the gritty side of motherhood and share unfiltered stories

We need to talk more about the gritty side of motherhood and share unfiltered stories Being a mother is a tough gig. Sleepless nights, tantrums and the endless worry when your child is sick.   But the incredible feeling of love for your children makes up for it all, right?   Most of the time,… Continue reading We need to talk more about the gritty side of motherhood and share unfiltered stories

Maternal ambivalence: Why we can feel both love and hate for our children

Maternal ambivalence: Why we can feel both love and hate for our children An excited Zoe, 16, is dressed and ready for her best friend’s long awaited birthday party.   She’s wearing a new dress (her dad thinks it is a little too tight), high heels and make-up. She’s so excited she can’t eat her… Continue reading Maternal ambivalence: Why we can feel both love and hate for our children

Love and a little hate. Why so many mothers find it hard to talk about this subject.

Love and a little hate. Why so many mothers find it hard to talk about this subject. https://youtu.be/aa0vJekrSCs Dr Margo Lowy is a psychotherapist who has recently released a book called The Maternal Experience: Encounters With Ambivalence And Love.   She defines maternal ambivalence as a mother’s loving and hating feelings about her child –… Continue reading Love and a little hate. Why so many mothers find it hard to talk about this subject.