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Worrying before it happens?

Surely every parent does this. Your kid says something daft at home and you worry that she’ll say it at preschool and OMG what will they think?

Then it gets worse. You read an article like this one and wonder “What will technology be like when my kid is in her teens? Will she be safe online? Will she be savvy enough to know that people lie their pants off when they have online anonymity?”

My only hope is to stay up-to-date myself, to help DD build up her own image and confidence and common sense so that she is the best and most resilient she can be. And a healthy dose of scepticism now and then doesn’t hurt.

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Child Development


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Childcare – child left behind

News item here.

A mother arrived at a Darwin childcare centre, apparently 10 minutes before the centre normally would close, to find that it was locked up and there was no sign of her little eight-month-old son. She thought other relatives had picked him up but couldn’t get in touch with them. At 7 pm she went back to the centre and heard her son screaming inside the locked centre.

Why was the centre closed early and why was a little kid left inside on his own?

Even if a parent arrives late (I do not know if the mother was on time, early or late, although she says she was early), there’s no reason why a staff member should not wait for the parent. There are policies in place in every centre that I know of to cover these situations, including fining the parents for being late.

And why was the sign in/sign out sheet not checked before staff left for the day? That’s one of the simplest ways to keep track. Parents sign in their children, with the time and their signature. Same process in the afternoon when they collect them. Something seems very odd about this.

I admit that I am paranoid about this and I make sure that I pick up DD from childcare well before the closing time.


Posted by on January 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


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If your ovaries fall off …

You may have a plush uterus.

Seriously, there is a recall notice for the Plush Uterus, because:

the 2008 Plush Uterus has failed a pull test. The ovaries may detach when pulled, becoming a potential small part choking hazard for young children. No one has been harmed.

This is from the company I Heart Guts, with plush toys, for example, kidney, pancreas, liver, etc. Just the present for the person who has everything.


Posted by on January 19, 2009 in Defies description, Uncategorized


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Road Safety in the Holiday Season

Article from The Sydney Morning Herald here.

A woman crashed her car while driving last night in Sydney. Nothing unusual there. The thing that caught my eye was that she was allegedly six times over the legal drink-driving limit and she had her three year old daughter in the car. She had been to a university function, apparently.

What would lead a woman to drive with that much alcohol in her system with her dear daughter in the same car? According to The Daily Telegraph, she had her dog in the car also.

I’m honestly amazed that she drove that far before having an accident, and relieved that only the cars were damaged.

At this time of year, road safety becomes a more visible topic in newspapers, on the television and the radio. It should also become a big topic at parties. If you see someone drinking steadily, offer to get them a taxi and assure them that their vehicle can be retrieved the next day. Road safety is everyone’s business.

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Posted by on December 11, 2008 in cats, Children's Health, Education, Uncategorized


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What would I save?

Patricia Fuentes Burns’s post about what she would save in case of a house fire caught my attention. After getting children and animals out of the house, what would I grab? Patricia mentions her laptop (all the jewels of happy events captured on the hard disk) and her daughter’s much-loved Bunny who still gives comfort after five years of hard work.

I went through a similar thought several years ago when bushfires threatened our city, especially those of us who live in outer suburbs. (This was before DD was born.) It was a return to fear that I’d experienced as a kid living in the bush. The sight of smoke spiralling into the sky and forming a grey cloud of apprehension would make my heart sink like a stone. Standing in the school’s playground, we’d all point to far-off smoke and wonder who’s farm was threatened.

As an adult who hasn’t lived on the land for years, I was gripped with panic again on those hot January days. No idle fear, that. Over 500 houses were burnt down, Mt Stromlo Observatory was reduced to ashes, and four people lost their lives.

Between filling the gutters with water and hurriedly sweeping up gum leaves from the front garden, I packed a box ready for evacuation which I placed beside the front door, next to the cat carrier. In the box I had my childhood photo album, our wedding album, insurance and mortgage documents, a few more photos, some albums of sheet music, a battery-operated radio and that was it. In retrospect, it seems that I assumed I’d have time to run to get my jewellery (such as it is!). No clothes, no books, no electrical items, no toys.

That’s right. None of my childhood toys that were sitting in the hall cupboard. My brown woollen teddy bear, knitted by Mum’s best friend, would have been left behind. Ditto my two dolls.

Now as a mum, I have to say that the contents of the box would remain pretty much the same, but my daughter’s much-loved comforting kitty would be there, too. How could I put a price on a knitted cat that helps my daughter sleep, helps her deal with sickness or simply a rough day? Although I have lost touch with the person who gave her the kitty, I still think fondly of her when I see the happiness that one stuffed toy can give a girl.

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Posted by on August 8, 2008 in Life Matters, Motherhood


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