Posted by rosanne on Jan 18, 2013 in Challenges, Gender

Last night was one of those discussions that makes you wonder whether anything you say is getting through.

“We’re going to have lots of dancing and dresses but no Barbies, because you hate Barbies,” she says, earnestly.

“That’s right,” I say, thinking ‘all right, she’s hearing me!’ Read more…



Posted by rosanne on Jan 1, 2013 in Developmental Milestones, Educational, Technology

I was a “gifted” child. My mother says I could read at three and I was learning German at school by age six to stave off the boredom.

I’m pretty sure my daughter is too, although I don’t want to give her any IQ tests unless it becomes obvious that someone along the line isn’t going to help her get what she needs without it. Read more…


Harper’s 4th birthday

Posted by admin on Dec 31, 2012 in Administrivia

Harper’s decided to have a Rainbows and Unicorns party for her 4th birthday.

This information is primarily for those who have received an invitation to the actual event but anyone who wants to buy her a present is welcome to read this! Read more…


Prime number!

Posted by admin on Jul 22, 2012 in Educational

(With apologies to my dad, who was a product of his time and didn’t mean it.)

It’s been an interesting few weeks, what with Marissa Mayer’s appointment as the new CEO of Yahoo! followed swiftly by her announcement that she’s pregnant and plans to take hardly any or no maternity leave, and Thora Arnorsdottir challenging (and losing) the Icelandic presidency with a four-week-old child.

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The coming out post

Posted by admin on Apr 10, 2012 in Challenges

I’ve been dreading writing this post. And I thought it would be a few years down the track, to be honest. Maybe at school. Here’s the nub of it: my partner and I are queer, poly, pagan people. Somehow, that doesn’t feel like a good fit for the conservative, predominantly Christian and Muslim, overwhelmingly monogamous outer suburbs of Sydney.
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International Women’s Day 2012

Posted by admin on Mar 10, 2012 in Work/Life Balance

I haven’t posted for close to six months because just after that last post, I got a new job. It’s an intense job, where I am the manager of a network of web sites with just over 200 people contributing text and photographs. The thinking space I’m in during my work day is very different from my family space. Read more…



The roads won’t be safe

Posted by rosanne on Aug 2, 2011 in Developmental Milestones

I knew this day would come but I didn’t think it would come so soon. My daughter is sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, hands on the wheel. She has wound the window down all the way as the day is quite warm. “Come on,” she says. “We have to go.” Read more…


End of an era

Posted by admin on Mar 29, 2011 in Developmental Milestones

It’s hard to know how I feel tonight. After two years, two months and two days of breast-feeding my daughter to sleep every night, tonight her bedtime routine was missing that previously essential “Mama milk” moment. I expected tears on both our parts, even though I’ve been preparing her for weeks (it’s my decision, not hers). Instead, it was almost too easy. Read more…

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Moving cities

Posted by admin on Mar 21, 2011 in Challenges

I’m sitting in a lounge room surrounded by boxes. I had plans for packing some more but decided I’m sick of writing Modern Mama posts in my head and never posting them. The irony is that for the last six months I’ve been contracting and so I had (theoretically) more time to blog. Now, we’re moving to Sydney because I got a job with Greenpeace.
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You can hear? Good girl!

Posted by rosanne on Nov 15, 2010 in Challenges

The good news is that Harper’s hearing test went swimmingly. Although the line on the machine was still flat (no pressure in the system means no pressure peak to test), she turned her head to see the puppet at even some of the quietest sounds. She also said a bunch of words, showed that she knew where the doors were and bits of her body and so on and so forth. The audiologist was thrilled. And kept saying “good girl”. Which brings us to *that* post… about unconditional parenting and the enervating jabbering of “good job” that is a constant hum in the background of modern childhood. Read more…

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