Salute to Single Mums

Evie Farrell In 2015 I was a solo mum to a five-year-old daughter, working full time in the city to pay a mortgage and spending much less time with Emmie than I wanted. Something had to change. I decided that the… Continue Reading >

8 MINUTES A DAY? – Quality Time

I’ve heard it said spending just 8 minutes of your day with (each of your) children is sufficient to sustain and build healthy relationships. I’m thinking “just eight minutes? I spend heaps more time than that…” Then I really start… Continue Reading >

Body Image… What are you really teaching your children?

The sad reality is that children younger and younger are expressing concerns about body image. Negative body image can cause significant distress and low self-esteem. Research has indicated that children as young as 8 and 9 are vulnerable to negative… Continue Reading >

How to talk same-sex with your kids.

As a gay dad lots of parents in the schoolyard or sports field seek me out for advice on how to talk to their children about homosexuality – apparently as a gay man I’m an expert in all things gay,… Continue Reading >

Connecting Beyond a Digital World

Almost everyone knows how to live a healthy life. Eat vegetables, get good sleep, move our bodies, and be kind. Most of us also know the digital world doesn’t replace the need for in-person interactions. But what do we do… Continue Reading >

Reach Better Life Balance Through Regular Exercise!

Being a parent brings boundless love and an abundant array of so many other amazing gifts to our life…. but let’s not sugar-coat this gig too much…. it can also be tough…. especially if you’re a single parent like me!… Continue Reading >

Life challenges ….in Relationships……with a focus on the family

Some parents have challenges with their children. And, to tell the truth, some children have challenges with their parents. That’s tricky. We’ve heard the phrase….” You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”. It works both ways…. Continue Reading >

Bringing back community, connectedness

  As a mum, we tend to be always juggling things in the air, til we can’t. When we can’t any more, we have to look to our tribe, our village of people around us; to help us when we… Continue Reading >

What is a Doula and what are the benefits of hiring one?

Traditionally, a Doula was a woman offering non-medical support and information to other women and their partners during birth and the postnatal period. ‘Doula‘ is a Greek word that came to mean “woman’s servant”. I believe that a Doula is a support and information bank… Continue Reading >

Play is the way!

By Emma McKay, Occupational Therapist, Youthrive Springfield   What is play? Play is an important way children learn about their environment, bodies, and place in the world around them. Play helps to assist a child’s brain with healthy development. Engaging… Continue Reading >