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Why I Am a Feminist: Lisa Revisits The Beauty Myth

A very warm welcome to first-time guest poster, Lisa Sengelow! I invited Lisa to write this post about the impact of Naomi Wolf’s book on…

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Women Hold Up Half the Sky: Opening Our Eyes to Women in the Bible [Guest]

A very warm welcome to Lindy Jacomb who is introducing us to her social media project to open our eyes to the many women in…

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Talking about Postnatal Depression: Kathryn’s Story [Guest]

A warm welcome to Kathryn, sharing the story of a very difficult year of motherhood. This was originally written several years ago. Next week is…

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Gentle Parenting Tips: 26 Things to Say to Kids Instead of ‘Stop’, ‘Don’t’ and Other Commands

Gentle parenting? I have a love/hate relationship with labels and jargon, in any field. I don't like being put in a labelled box - who…

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Institutional Sexism at the Otago Daily Times

The Otago Daily Times, the only independently-owned major daily newspaper in New Zealand, had this feature teased on the front page this weekend: The paper…

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Talking about Birth and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD: Jenn’s Story [Guest]

The day my daughter was born was the day I began a journey I never imagined would be mine. Let’s rewind a bit. When Matt…

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The Maisy Test [Quick Guide]: 4 Questions to Expose Sexism in Kids’ TV Shows and Movies

Wow! What a lovely response to my post on sexism in kids' TV shows and movies (the whole post is here and it'll make your…

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Sexism in Kids’ TV Shows and Movies: What to look for and what to do about it

This is something of an experimental post, so please be kind in your comments! I'd love your help to hone it. I've been working on…

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Protest is for Everyone: 9 Protest Songs for Kids and Adults

The teachers choosing the song list for my primary schools in the 1980s were clearly a bunch of ex-hippies. We had psychadelia, folk songs and…

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Understanding the Teenage Brain [Guest]

There’s a longstanding joke among the residents of Nebraska. The Midwesterners claim that if you don’t like the weather, you only need to wait 10…

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Refugees Welcome

One of my very favourite places in Melbourne is Sandridge Bridge, home to the Travellers sculptural installation. Enormous steel figures fan out along the bridge (they…

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Making Parenting Easier #7: Tips to Help Siblings Love and Respect Each Other [Guest]

It's a great pleasure to welcome Sumitha Bhandarkar here today, the creator of afineparent.com. Sumitha created the fantastic infographic below, based on Dr Laura Markham's new book,…

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #5: How Can We Help? [Guest]

This is the final post from guest writer Chris Chamberlain. See the whole series list here. We must be careful how we read Scripture What…

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #4: Stories of Hope from Palestine and Israel [Guest]

Religious tensions and friendships The Holy Land is, of course, a coming together of at least three major religions. The Muslim call to prayer that…

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16 Reasons to Get Rid of the Sole Parent Work Test

Bill English announced in yesterday's Budget that 'work readiness' obligations would increase for parents who receive welfare benefits and have young children. Currently, most parents…

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How to rest (do you need to learn?)

Rest like an All Black: take a sabbatical Richie McCaw, the All Black captain some call the best rugby player ever, has a plan for winning…

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My Mum is Brilliant and Amazing

If I'm brilliant and amazing, my Mum has a lot to do with it. Here are six ways she has been a brilliant and amazing mother to…

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Ponytails, Wigs, Money and Myanmar

Before Would you sponsor me to cut off my hair? Even better, let's cut out the causality and put it like this: would you donate…

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Sexism in Kids’ TV Shows and Movies: What to look for and what to do about it

This is something of an experimental post, so please be kind in your comments! I'd love your help to hone it. I've been working on…

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Protest is for Everyone: 9 Protest Songs for Kids and Adults

The teachers choosing the song list for my primary schools in the 1980s were clearly a bunch of ex-hippies. We had psychadelia, folk songs and…

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Refugees Welcome

One of my very favourite places in Melbourne is Sandridge Bridge, home to the Travellers sculptural installation. Enormous steel figures fan out along the bridge (they…

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Working for Free, Full Lives: Our Family is Moving to Asia

On New Year’s Eve, 2014, our daughter Hazel was born at Wellington Hospital, by emergency caesarean section. Gosh, we were lucky. ‘You must be disappointed,’…

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Hard Days with Little Kids: 11 Things I’m Trying to Remember

We're in a tricky patch, just now, at our house. The kind most parents of little kids will recognise: this is a solidarity post with all of…

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Lactation Cookies: 3 Reasons and 12 Recipes to Make Some for a New Parent

They do NOT contain breastmilk. I'm a fan of science, as you know, so I've been reluctant to write about lactation cookies, even though it's…

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Advent with Kids: 76 (or so) Ideas for Getting Ready for Advent

Yay! Advent is my favourite season in the church calendar, and it's almost here! Actually, Lent was pretty cool this year, too, with our superduper…

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Kids for Social Justice: 6 Ways Kids Can Change the World

  Even if you’re little you can do a lot, you Mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you - Matilda the Musical, 'Naughty',…

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Making Parenting Easier #1: 12 Ideas to Make You Feel Better

This is part of a series aiming to help us all go easier on ourselves and make our parenting lives more enjoyable and satisfying. The…

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Co-sleeping Converts: Series Round-Up

Our son, SBJ, is two now, and we are still a co-sleeping family, though he now theoretically has his own bedroom. I'm mulling an update…

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Bon Voyage: 7 Secrets to Happy Flying with Babies and Toddlers

If you're planning to fly with littlies soon, let me be the first to say 'Bon voyage!' You're in for a treat. For one thing,…

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101 Christian Women Speakers to Discover in New Zealand

At Christian conferences and leadership events I go to and speak at, women up the front are always - always - in a small minority.…

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How It Is #10: Like Wearing No Skin

I wrote this a few weeks ago. It's part of a long-running series on my experience of severe postnatal depression, which has been part of…

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(Hopefully Not) Passing on Rape Culture

[Trigger warning: if you have experienced sexual assault, please just be aware that rape and rape culture are discussed in this post. Many of the…

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The Sacrament of Housework #4: My 11 Best Stolen Home Organisation Tips

We'd better start with a couple of Disclaimers, with capital Ds. 1: I write as an enthusiastic student of the art of home organising, not…

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Pentecost Is, Like, For Everyone

Lord, Holy Spirit, You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks, Inside and outside the fences, You blow where you wish to blow. A…

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I Am Brilliant and Amazing

Somewhere on ye internets, a few years ago, I read a great post, by, you know, someone. You'll be astonished to hear I couldn't track…

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Four Things I Choose Not to Have Time For

Nicholas said to me in 2005, using his sharply-tuned crap-o-meter, that saying 'I don't have time for that' is, consciously or otherwise, code for 'I…

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