AHA Parenting– I’ve come across some fantastic parenting pages on Facebook recently. This one regularly brings me clarity – especially when I want to lock them in the cupboard.  The articles are a mix of Dr Laura Markham’s (she is Aha) and other great parenting sites. Think “Peaceful Parenting” but not wishy washy. For parents with kids of all ages right up to adulthood.

The Practice of Peaceful Parenting has also an incredibly resourceful website. Here’s a blurb from it: As both a mum and a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Laura Markham sounds two clear themes in her advice to parents.  The first is that when we feel good, we’re better parents.  Quite simply, we can only give what we have inside. Her other theme is that parenting effectively always depends on our connection to our kids. Without that connection, we have little influence (“My kids won’t listen!”) and, frankly, parenting becomes an exhausting, thankless task. ( It’s realistic, practical, empathetic and inspiring.


GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.

Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action.    GetUp does not back any particular party, but aims to build an accountable and progressive Australia – an Australia with economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability at its core. GetUp is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no money from any political party or the government.

Here’s something to whip up for your big morning tea – a divine rhubarb meringue cake. It featured on Not Quite Nigella which was a finalist in the Best Australian Blogs comp with the Sydney Writers Centre. Seriously, check this cake out it looks soooo good and so does the rest.


Mum’s Gone 2 Aus: Despite her best efforts, when UK writer, Sarah Husslemann first arrived in Sydney with her young family she felt unprepared. Now, feeling more local, she is helping others make the move through her site: Mum’s gone 2 Aus – a labour of family, writing and travel love.

The site deals with all the practicalities families need to know when moving to Australia. Topics range from health, education and childcare to buying nappies and baby food. It even covers things like the emotional baggage that can come with a big move and some of the quirky aspects to life down under. “I believe the site fills a gap in the information currently available” explains Sarah. “When we were planning our move none of the Internet resources I found looked at things from a purely ‘family’ or ‘mummy’ point of view”.

And like so many mums with a passionate purpose, Sarah built her dream while everybody else was sleeping. “Until recently my youngest son was at home full-time so my only writing/site time was evenings and daytime sleeps. I’ve become very good at ignoring everything else when the children are sleeping”.

What do you love about motherhood? “Being a mum brings out the best (and sometimes worst) in me. It has really made me look at who I am and what my beliefs and principals are; especially now my children are getting older and starting school. I can be prone to over analysing and worrying about situations, but because children don’t let you dwell on things, I’ve learnt to get on and enjoy life”.  

Park? “When we arrived we lived above the Grant Reserve in Coogee. We played there all the time. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be living somewhere so beautiful”.

Charity? Plan–Sponsor a Child: I’ve sponsored a child for years and it’s an enjoyable and interesting way to give to charity. We exchange letters and photographs and I get reports regarding Plan’s activities and contributions to the local community.

Family Tune? Mr Ray, Family Ride. Mr Ray is an ex-Meat Loaf guitarist. Before we left London I went to one of his gigs with the boys (Josh was a toddler and Sam a tiny baby). I have fond memories of the show, dancing and singing along with Sam in the baby carrier. Family Ride gets played endlessly in the car – I got a tear in my eye when I watched this YouTube video…it’s cool to see families having such a good time together!”  

Sarah is researching potential site sponsors and contributors. If you’re a specialist in Australian immigration or provide a service for new arrivals down under please get in touch via the Contact Page on her website. She would also welcome any personal stories, tips and tricks from other mums who have moved to Australia.  A fascinating US based organisation focused on addressing critical issues affecting childhood. Great stories by great storytellers. 

…Thanks for sharing Tearza!


I love this lady’s creativity…

Leo’s Feast:

I have a beautiful friend called Leo who is, among other things, quite a foodie. Generally he reviews foodie spots his family go to, many in Sydney. I hope you enjoy his blog as I do.



 Lovely things… 

Children’s YouTube!! Fun, safe environment for children.

SouleMama – The lovely Yasmin Boland recommended this one to me and I love it. Mother of four, crafter and writer. Wonderful photography.  

Mayhem of a Modern Mother – wonderfully warm blog from a mummy who loves to cook food from her garden, drink quality wine that doesn’t cost much, play awesome tunes and share informative views on what not to put in the shopping basket – for the sake of your family…

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