Author Archives: greenleftyidealist

About greenleftyidealist

Green, left and idealistic. A mum, a runner, a rogainer, a public servant and wanna be writer. My dog is golden.

Heigh-ho heigh-ho it’s off to work I go… if I can get childcare!

Childcare: It’s a vexed issue. Do you? Don’t you? And if you manage to get beyond the initial loaded question of whether to put your kids in care then there’s a whole barrage of other issues waiting for you. With … Continue reading

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Learning to play

Are you one of the 9 million + people who have shared one of the latest quirky wall posts doing the rounds of Facebook? I didn’t share it, but I must admit to thinking that the photos two parents took … Continue reading

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Red Nose Day

Like many people I have suffered “awareness day fatigue”. There is red ribbon day, white ribbon day, pink ribbon day and teal ribbon day; all important in their own right, but the list of awareness colours does go on and … Continue reading

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Snug as a bug in a rug ain’t all it’s wrapped up to be

Wrapping or swaddling babies has traditionally been used as a means to help settle them to sleep. Wrapping is thought to mimic the atmosphere of the womb and confines the limbs of young babies to avoid the ‘moro’ or startle … Continue reading

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Can tweaking the male breadwinner model ever lead to equity?

Apparently the male breadwinner is alive and kicking in Australia. This comes as no surprise. The latest statistics show that women make up just 35% of the full time work force in Australia but women comprise the majority (70%) of … Continue reading

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The real purpose of Mother’s Day: Remembrance

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. We know it from the catalogues that invade our letterboxes. We know it from the gift guides in the newspapers. We know it from the primary school stalls filled with $5 or less trinkets (usually … Continue reading

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Why words matter

Recently there was a mild furore in the blogosphere about a post on kidspot 4 ways to fold a fitted sheet (including the RIGHT one). Normally I wouldn’t have clicked anywhere near such a post but I’ll admit the fitted … Continue reading

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