domestic violence, mental health, Parenting

Domestic Violence and the Queensland Court system

If you struggle to understand the complexities of family and domestic violence legislation, you aren't alone - for many people living with violence in their intimate relationships, it can feel too hard to understand the system to reach out and get help.  So, congratulations to the Queensland Courts website for putting together this series of… Continue reading Domestic Violence and the Queensland Court system

fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

So many of the women and men I speak with are coming to terms with having lost their much wanted and loved babies - sometimes at a relatively early stage in the pregnancy, and sometimes right at the end, in an unexpected term stillbirth. Parents who should be celebrating their joy, find themselves trying to… Continue reading The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Solo mums

How much sleep does your baby need?

If there are 2 questions that torment new parents more than any other, they must be: 1) is my baby getting enough to eat? 2) is my baby getting enough sleep? Particularly when we are trying to function on a sleep defunct ourselves during that newborn stage, it can be really hard to work out… Continue reading How much sleep does your baby need?

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

Quite frequently, I speak to women who are feeling incredibly guilty and anxious about the fact they dislike the experience pregnancy, and sometimes, they are lacking any sense of connectedness to the baby growing inside their bellies.  These women have usually heard/read all the stories about "mummy love" this feeling that all women are supposed… Continue reading What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

mental health, Parenting, Solo mums

Parenthood and sleep deprivation

Anyone who has had the experience of having a brand new baby in the house will remember the agony of those first 6 or so weeks where you are so totally sleep deprived you spend most of the time feeling like you are having an out of body experience.  For most new parents you just… Continue reading Parenthood and sleep deprivation

domestic violence, mental health

Who are the perpetrators of domestic violence?

Well to be honest, DV offenders don't look much different to anyone else - and they might be living very near you.  This is a very uncomfortable and confronting video from men who were previously violent towards their  partners but have gone through offender programs and now want to change the culture of violence.  We… Continue reading Who are the perpetrators of domestic violence?

mental health, mental illness

Mindfulness and self esteem

Have you been feeling like your self esteem is not quite as robust as you would like? Recent research has been suggesting that mindfulness can play a part in building a more positive self esteem by reducing the degree to which we compare ourselves (critically) to those around us. Read more about this research here. https://www.mindful.org/feeling-self-critical-try-mindfulness/?utm_content=buffer02ef7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

health, In the news, mental health

Gratitude

I know I share a lot of articles and information on this blog - because that's the primary reason I started it. But this morning I thought it might be nice to make it a little more personal and show that (at least some of the time) I do try to practice what I preach.  And… Continue reading Gratitude

grief, In the news, mental health, Parenting

Helping kids cope with traumatic news

Its is beginning to feel like every time we turn on the TV, radio or social media, there is another terrible event being reported, and with the advent of 24 hour, 7day a week news services, it is a little inescapable.  All of this bad news can feel terrible for adults, but for kids the… Continue reading Helping kids cope with traumatic news

mental health, mental illness, Parenting

Who is most stressed? Married or single women?

Yep, you guessed it, married women with children are much more likely to be experiencing higher levels of stress than their single childless friends, but there are some simple things you can do about it.  This short article by the American Psychological Society gives the following tips: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/supermom.aspx Strategies to help mothers manage stress: Understand how… Continue reading Who is most stressed? Married or single women?