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  • 29 May 2014

    5 Budget Holiday Ideas

    Keen to take a break but not sure the budget will stretch to a week in the Maldives?! Family holidays can be prohibitively expensive once you’ve added up all the extras and sometimes it feels like what cash you’ve got is better spent on the essentials. But a family holiday is enhancing on many levels, giving everyone a chance to step off the treadmill and really connect with one another. […] more

  • 20 May 2014

    The framework of Addiction

    I can’t pretend to be an expert, though if my limited experience has taught me anything about this it’s that there aren’t really any experts. From the AA to Alanon; from a well meaning doctor to a concerned friend; from one addict to another; there are no rules and there are no “cures”. Each recovery, or potential for recovery, is as unique as the person struggling to get there. More significantly, the reasons many people find themselves struggling with addiction in the first place are equally unique. […] more

  • 15 May 2014

    Is there a ‘Free Range’ option when it comes to childcare?

    It’s a familiar scene for modern parents. One minute you were holding your brand new baby and suddenly you find yourself surveying the minefield of childcare. What are the options and do we fully understand them? […] more

  • 7 May 2014

    Feminism and Abortion

    One of the most contentious issues in the modern world, the subject of abortion is no less divisive when it comes to feminist rhetoric. In fact, if recent media scandals are anything to go by it is perhaps more controversial when feminists opt to weigh in. For the most part, the general feminist sentiment when it comes to abortion is that it is ultimately the woman’s decision since it is her body. Therefore, abortions should be legal in order to keep women safe and they should not be subject to extensive questions or moral persuasion. […] more

  • 7 May 2014

    5 things not to say to teenagers

    Chatting with friends recently, the conversation turned to what not to say to teenagers. Some of these friends are parents of teens; others, like me, have younger children but remember being a teenager all too well. After much discussion, we came up with a list of things that really don’t help to hear when you’re going through the tumultuous hormonal, physical and emotional upheaval of teenage-hood. Teenagers are some of the most maligned and misunderstood members of our society, in a kind of limbo-land without respect or standing in life and with no means yet of gaining it. […] more

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