This post first appeared today on Mamamia – check it out here, there are lots of comments! ******************************************* Headlines in newspapers online are written to make you click on them. When I saw the picture of Leiby Kletzy with the words “Lost boy killed after asking for help” I knew what was to come. Not the […]Read more "My response to Leiby Kletzy’s murder"
Just today I did this survey: Can you spot the real smiles from the fake? http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/ Real smiles and fake smiles come from different triggers in the brain. A real smile is unconscious. That’s why different muscles – especially around the eyes – move during real smiles, but often not with a fake smile. Which […]Read more "Beth can’t smile for photos"
Person one: Your local Council, how can I help? Person two: I’d like to report an issue with the road outside my house. P1: I’m the road engineer for the district, what seems to be the problem? P2: There is a pothole outside my house. P1: Impossible. P2: Impossible? P1: Potholes don’t exist. P2: Potholes […]Read more "Potholes and colic: a conversation"
I guess it’s probably an odd skill for a layman like myself to be able to simply glance at the cross section of a head of a twenty-four week old foetus and tell if the ventricles are normal sized or large, but I can. It’s a skill I’d prefer to be ignorant of, the same […]Read more "Odd skills and forest days"
Why is it when I read Miranda Devine’s latest article about the ‘commodification of children’ (and more on that later) do I get the feeling that she doesn’t really care about children. Not about unborn children. Not about living children. What she’s more concerned about is making her choices the only option available. Actually, it […]Read more "Children aren’t shoes. But they are still a choice."
This morning I woke up feeling pretty good. After three weeks of sickness ripping through our family (and around for a second time on poor Beth), I blew my nose and it was clear, brushed my teeth without gagging and held young Beth who had finally returned to her smiling, playful self. Plus it was […]Read more "The Weekend"
Of all the talks, the drug talk is probably the most problematic. The sex talk and the car talk have been cornerstones of teen parenting for decades and of course the internet talk is the new trend conversation between parents and eight year olds. But these talks need to occur because we know that eventually, […]Read more "Drugs and small children"