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Parenting Glossary

How to Speak ‘parent’ and ‘Internet parent’


Becoming a parent opens you up to a whole new world of vocabulary. Before you know it you’ll be dream-feeding your LO while DD1 is self-settling (thanks to that CIO method you used). Being a STM is so much easier than being a FTM, unless your DS2 happens to suffer from GERD…at least that’s what your CHN seems to think.

…and if you understood all that without even blinking, you don’t need this! Or maybe you do, just for the fun of reflecting on how thoroughly immersed in this world and language of parenting you are. It’s good to laugh at ourselves.

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Tantrums

**This is an older post I forgot to publish! Curly is now 4.5 and I see that pre-frontal cortex development making strides in emotional regulation :). Time to practice what I preach with number 2.

You know when number 1 comes along, and everyone wants to give you advice? I was like, “butt out, I’ve got this, I’ll work it out on my own thanks!” or maybe that was just me. Now? Number 1 is  3.5 and I’ll sidle up to strangers if there’s a chance for some free parenting 101. I thought I’d prepared her well with boundaries and consequences…but nothing quite prepared me for being screamed at by a little red face with clenched fists, “NO! NO! NO!” Continue reading


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Day One (and only) of our potty training…

Friday night it was decided. Saturday and Sunday H. and I would co-run an intensive potty training program for our almost-2 year old. Never one to shy away from deep end dives, Curly woke up Saturday morning to be greeted with a pair of ‘big-girl knickers!’ Towels were laid out on carpet, stickers were strategically placed for reward incentive, wipes, dolly and toy potty ready to go for wee wee sing alongs. Continue reading


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The ultimate tribal human

In my quest for physical health and wellbeing through nutrition I am very familiar with the circling arguments that appear online. A common trend on all sides (and not just in regards to nutrition) is this search for the mystical ‘natural man’. Some kind of ultimate tribal man who existed as God or evolution intended him to exist and should therefore be the pinnacle of human actualisation. Continue reading