What happens once it’s just you with a brand new tiny human at home?
There's a lot of comfort food in the world, but in my mind nothing comes close to rice pudding.
This particular rice pudding is magical because it's specially crafted for brand new mothers (but anyone can enjoy it). The recipe is a very old one, and there are similar variations all around the world. The pudding is especially magical because even women who hate rice pudding enjoy this recipe in the days after giving birth.
There needs to be space for all dads to be included. But what are the best ways for dads to be involved? When mum is at home with a newborn, dad could feel excluded. He may be at work in the office for much of the day, or he can even be up on a mine site for a stint and physically removed from home for weeks.
Widely known as The Queen of Common Sense, Maggie is in high demand as a speaker and author and advocates for children of all ages. She grew up in rural West Australia and has raised her own four boys. She worked for decades with families and children building resilience in different ways. Her wide ranging background (and general amazingness) means she communicates her own sensible level headed wisdom in the most funny and down to earth way.
There are two things on my mind about breastfeeding. I think that the health benefits have now been well promoted. The more I learn about breast milk, the more I am amazed by how cleverly a body can provide for a child. I love the hormonal interplay and bonding that happens, it can be a blessing for a mama to have this time to chill out with her babe. But there are some things I don't love.
There are a lot of expectations that we have for ourselves, and expectations that mamas (and everyone) can feel from society. These can weigh heavily, but often the naming and understanding an expectation can take some of its power away. The pattern that I've seen play out over and over is one that my friends and I call "The Reverse Cinderella Complex". See if this sounds familiar for you:
I think of myself as equal parts 'science nerd' and 'crunchy hippy', and I'm lucky enough to have friends through the spectrum from way more 'science' to way more 'hippy'. I was having lunch the other day with a dear friend of mine who is a boardroom engineer (the most logical you could find). Our conversation went like this: