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HE’S TWO DAYS OLD AND HEROIN-ADDICTED – BONDING WITH A BABE IN A SLING

The call arrived late one afternoon in August 2010.  Similar phone calls had been made for thousands of other babies across NSW over the years, and would continue to do so.  But for us, this was our family’s first experience of such a request. 

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‘He’s two days old and heroin-addicted​’ BONDING WITH A BABE IN A SLING

The call arrived late one afternoon in August 2010.  Similar phone calls had been made for thousands of other babies across NSW over the years and would continue to do so.  But for us, this was our family’s first experience of such a request.  

Becoming foster carers had felt like a long wait, but now all our training was complete, we were considered accredited for the task.  Read more

SIX KIDS – CHEAPER BY THE (HALF) DOZEN

It’s budget time and the pollies are hard at work with their spin and rhetoric about how they’re going to spend the money that you and I worked hard for last year.

When you have a big family, the money left over (after tax) needs to be spent a little thoughtfully.  But, does life with a big family mean it’s all about rationed minced-meat, porridge and misery?

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FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY – WHO’S IT FOR?

It was a stiletto-shod, champagne-pouring, ribbon sandwich, mini quiche-type affair. 

You know the one – complete with the multi-layered fondant-lacquered cake, metallic pink helium balloons and floral arrangements with lengths (and lengths) of pink… bunting.

Just a regular snotty-nosed kid’s first birthday, but one that would make a Kardashian blush.

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OUT WITH SIX KIDS, ON-TIME OR THEREABOUTS

The exercise of getting out and about with any number of kids can feel like purgatory and you might think the more kids you have the more gnashing of teeth you’re in for.

Some ask, ‘how do you do it?’

‘What?’ I ask

‘Get out of the house with six kids?’  Read more