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Women still pay the parenting penalty

Recent research from Denmark shows that it’s still expensive on a personal level to be a mother, even in a country that is renowned for its egalitarian approach towards parenthood and work

It appears that the gender pay gap has increased over the past 35 years.

Even with “perfectly equal pay for equal work” there would still be large gender inequality in earnings as equal work is not an option for the majority of women, who are faced with the lion’s share of childcare responsibilities.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Sigh.


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Busy 2016

Already heading towards the end of the first half of the year. Goodness, I’m not sure where the weeks have gone!

DD is now 10 and she has discovered activities that she loves to do that work with her need for space and her need for downtime. She acknowledges she loves to spend time with her friends and to do fun things, even if it’s only watching a DVD together. The only drawback is that I end up having to help organise these get-togethers. She feels it dreadfully when friends have to pull out of an activity or their parents decide they’re going to do something else after they’d already committed. I have to do a lot of soothing of hurt feelings then.

Cat show coming up. That means the Washing of the Cat will happen tonight.


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The Politics of Playdates

Heck, it’s hard enough working out playdates with adults (y’know, bromances, girlie crushes, etc.).

When the little critters you’re trying to put together to have fun are in primary school, then it just gets silly. Fortunately DD has some fabulous friends who are so much fun to have over here at our place to play. We walk to a nearby playground, rush round the wetlands, play on the swings and slides and climbing equipment, meet strange dogs and sometimes meet new little kids, too.

And then there are the playdates that make Mummy reach for a Valium or two.

I was amused to read 10 Kids you don’t want to invite for a playmate.

I’m pleased I haven’t met a number of those little horrors (maybe you shouldn’t be eating anything while you read about #1), but let’s say that the kid who thinks it’s ok to rummage through my pantry or my bedroom will not be invited back. Even worse are The Terminator and The Wolf. Those kids find out what my crabby face is. I tell their parents what they’ve done. (That’s not tattling – that’s considered parental networking in Meowmie World.) What’s wrong with these kids? Who said they didn’t have to pay any attention to boundaries? Do they do this at home?

Anyway, such children don’t tend to get invited back.

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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Nutty kids

This really gave me a giggle.
Not that DD would do anything like this since she’s really not that interested in how boys are different. The protective mother part of me roars “And long may that last!”

I do like the drama teacher’s comment, though. 🙂

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

es, the Little Princess is now 7 years old. She’s glorying in getting taller. She reads chapter books that have pictures in them. She refuses to go to sleep if she hasn’t finished reading her book. She leaves LEGO blocks all over the bedroom floor, and her dirty clothes don’t always get to the hamper.

On the other hand, she is kind, amusing, dramatic, funny, thoughtful, sensitive and an all round good gal. She has a wicked twinkle in her eye sometimes and she sees the funny side of many things. (This is what watching “Shaun the Sheep” when you’re 2 years old will do to you.)

She adores the Little Cat Prince, who is growing all the time, and she carries him around like an oversized sack. He looks rather unimpressed at this but generally stays peaceful, just pressing his paws against her nose to indicate that yes, he would really like to have his feet on the ground, preferably right now, if it isn’t any trouble.

Dinner with the family tonight at a restaurant. I am not up to cooking dinner for numbers larger than two. In fact, given how chronically tired I am, I am not really up to going out in the evening either, but one must do these things.

Her Majesty had a super party at a kids’ indoor play park with 8 of her friends. Again, it cost $$ but it was worth it for the sake of my exhaustion. She had a fabulous time and so did her friends. And I didn’t have to clean up afterwards.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Ha! Kids and kittens are so alike!

kid and kittens

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Ack, just go to sleep already!

Last night DD was being highly irritating. In and out of bed, up and down, “I keep having bad dreams”, “I’m not sleepy” and so on.

Well, sweetie, I don’t care if you’re not sleepy. It’s 9.30 pm, I want to watch my own show on TV in peace and quiet, and I deserve some quiet, “me” time as a single parent. Go to bed!

Sometimes I roar. Usually when I am exhausted, need recharging and DD has pushed every button I have. Yes, she’s sweet. Yes, she’s irritating.

I’m not marking this as a Mom Fail. I deserve time for myself. DD gets many good things. DD needs sleep. And we had to get up at o goodness o’clock this morning to take the car for servicing and we’re going to a musical this evening. Consequently, sleep is a necessity for little kids, not to mention grown ups.

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Child Development, children


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