Family

Family

When you think about abuse of children and the dreadful consequences this could have on a child's wellbeing, what do you think of? Sexual abuse? Physical abuse? Well a couple of weeks ago, to my amazement and horror I found out that recent research shows that emotional neglect is in…
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may not be your pin up parents but they just took yet another massive step up in my book yesterday when they told USA Today that they believe in complete honesty in their family. "There are no secrets at our house," says Pitt, now starring…
A new report has found that Australia has become a take-away Nation. New data shows Australia now has more than 1250 Subways, 845 Domino's, 780 McDonald's and 300 Hungry Jacks and 600 KFCs here and in New Zealand. And we’re getting fatter. A correlation? Perhaps! Now anyone who knows me…
We discussed this on Sunrise this morning- click HERE to watch the segment There are a few topics that are certain to stir up passions and tension.... and misinformation. Immunizations, food allergies and ADHD. In Melbourne at the moment, an artist by the name of Sean O'Carroll has opened an…
These are the nutritional sins committed by the loving, well-educated, nurturing, family-minded parents in my practice; Vegie-free zone. The most popular diet sin for kids today is the vegetable-aversion led diet that excludes all foods grown in the ground. Why present food that will be unanimously rejected, right? Night feeding.…
Here in Australia we're a few weeks into a new school year. Some little ones have started school and within minutes have embraced the thrill of the new playmates, routine and playgruond equipment. At the other extreme, some little ones are white with fear and have to be physically removed…
Get ready with your guns and your vicious emails. I’m putting it out there; I support women who bottle feed. Before you decide that I have a death wish against babies, let me explain. The evidence for the wellbeing of babies who are breastfed is good. I myself loved breastfeeding…
Toilet training? You think you’re doing it tough? Hmmm, consider yourself lucky- you have yourself a walk in the park compared to what’s ahead of you; Facebook training. I’m there now and it’s no laughing matter. This is a whole parenting domain tragically short on references. That’s possibly because parenting…
Silver Lining by David Mansberg Whenever Nana smiled her face gathered into a hundred pleated, yellow folds and her eyes almost disappeared. Her fine silvery hairs would dance merrily on her head. And her gums, pink now and liberated of those recently discarded ill fitting false teeth would reveal themselves…