This ‘tom boy’ is raising a ‘little princess’

This morning as I was getting my three year old ready for day care, she looked at her wardrobe and said, “Mummy, I want to be a princess today”. This phrase translates to, “I want to wear a twirly skirt”. I replied, “It doesn’t matter what you wear, you’ll always be a princess”. Not the…

My Mother’s Daughter: growing up with mental illness

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been mentally ill. According to my father, she used to be a different woman; a fun loving happy person living a spontaneous and carefree life. Unfortunately I can’t remember ever meeting her. I wish I had some memory of this woman; the woman my father…

My girls, my love, my life

I’ve always wanted to have children, though in my early twenties I would tell everyone I was definitely not interested. I was convinced that if I verbalised my longing, life’s cosmic cruelty wasn’t going to let it happen. In my late twenties I even contemplated going it alone as ‘Mr Right’ hadn’t materialised. Thankfully the…