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  1. The twelve days of school

    We were warned before school started that it would be an enormous adjustment for Miss Five. She’d be exhausted, emotional and downright difficult. We’ve seen glimpses of it, but for the most part, she’s been like a kid at Christmas.

  2. How my daughter’s first day of school exposed a 35 year old family secret

    It’s amazing how many sleepless nights lead up to the first day of school. All those fears. And that’s just the parents.
    But my anxiety turned out to be justified as my daughter’s first day of school unearthed a decades-old family secret.

  3. Junior genius. Are Kindergarten graduations too much too soon?

    My daughter just graduated. From Kindy. Apparently it’s the done thing. But what message does it send? Are we enforcing our expectations and turning up the pressure, even before our kids have started school?

  4. Champagne taste on a beer budget

    Champagne taste on a beer budget

    The sun, blazing a fiery orange, sinking into the Top End sea before us. On the table, a bucket, holding an icy bottle of champers, and two chilled glasses.

  5. Bit by Byte, Technolunacy is taking over

    Ordering a pizza used to be simple. Then some genius invented an App. Welcome to the brave new world, where common sense is being devoured, byte by byte.

  6. Fussy eaters and the 'other' baby food

    I’d love to know how you encourage your kids to try new foods.

  7. Who is your hero? Hopefully not the nude girl on the building site

    Who is your hero? Hopefully not the nude girl on the building site

    Everywhere I go, I see a nude Miley Cyrus. Not that I’m searching for such images. She seems to pop out of every screen I get near.

  8. Celebrating the Cup any way you can

    Celebrating the Cup any way you can

    We have had some of our most enjoyable days on the first Tuesday in November. The laughs never end. And yes, cool drinks are had.

  9. Playing the field. How I win on the Melbourne Cup

    Melbourne Cup. The hardest race to pick a winner. But I’ve walked away with cash in my pocket every year for the past five. Want to know how?

  10. When daughters still dance into dad’s heart

    When daughters still dance into dad’s heart

    Why was this performance so special? Remember, I’ve been watching them jump and twirl since they came up to my knee.

  11. Thank God for our volunteer firemen

    Thank God for our volunteer firemen

    We didn’t get it. Why would a young bloke leave a pub full of cool drinks, to play with fire trucks and big hoses?

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