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Recently my friend told me that she heard a women say that she sees me on my laptop and phone all the time and how hard it must be for the kids to have a mum who works so much.
Defensively I reverted back to the fact that my children are well behaved and very loved and that's all that anyone needs to know.
Why am I constantly defending my rights to work?
While fathers are "putting food on the table" I am constantly criticised for my "choices"
When the truth is that working is not a choice for me. Work is a break from what I consider the hardest job in the world, motherhood.
And it's not supposed to be this hard.
I recently heard the statistic that mothers today are spending 65% more time with their children then they did 30 years ago.
Today we are expected to sleep with them, take them to swimming, school, volunteer at the school, teach them fucking French, read to them, let the baby lead the weaning, learn how to talk baby language.... Breast feed them until their 87, or stop straight away because we are creeps if we go beyond a year and on top of everything we are expected to be thin. Because you can totally see how a chubby mum certainly isn't giving her kids the best opportunities in life.
And what makes it worse? All jokes aside... wine doesn't help. Because anyone who's ever had a hangover with kids knows the full meaning of FML.
I work because I used to cry myself to sleep at the thought of being alone with my kids all for another whole day.
I work because the expectations put on my work will never even come close to the expectations put on me as a stay at home mother.
I work because I need financial freedom and not pocket money.
I work because I want my children to see me as a women who follows her dreams while meeting their needs.
I work because we don't live in a village anymore, we parent our kids alone and it's bloody lonely.
And I was one of those children, born 30 years ago who's mum spent 65% less time with and I turned out pretty fucking cool. I can't speak French but I know how to live and I know how to love in parallel.
And I work because I can love my kids more when I'm not overwhelmed by the consistency of living solely for them.
So if you see me at the park, on my laptop, writing or taking a call please come and say hi, create a village with me, laugh with me, meet my kids. Show me how you make not working work for you.
But please don't talk about me or my choices, because you'll never hear me doing that to you.
And we are seriously all in this together, just Queening away, trying to get by 💗👑
It's not the police who need to be retrained, it's the public. We have grown into a mouthy, mobile phone wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of 'it's the other person's fault', 'you owe me'. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.
When an officer says "Put your hands up," then put your hands up! Don't reach for something in your pocket, your lap, your seat. There's plenty of reason for a police officer to feel threatened, there have been multiple assaults and ambushes on police officers lately. Comply with requests from the officer, have your day in court. Don't mouth off, or fight, or refuse to comply... that escalates the situation.
Police officers are our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. They're black, white, brown, all colours, all ethnicities, all faiths, male and female, they are us. They see the worst side of humanity... the raped children, the bloody mangled bodies of traffic victims, the bruised and battered victims of domestic violence, homicide victims, body parts... day after day.
They work holidays while we have festive meals with our families. They miss school events with their kids, birthdays, anniversaries, all those special occasions that we take for granted. They work in all types of weather, under dangerous conditions, for relatively low pay.
They have extensive training, but they are human. When there are numerous attacks on them, they become hyper vigilant for a reason, they have become targets. When a police officer encounters any person... any person, whether at a traffic stop, a street confrontation, an arrest, whatever... that situation has the potential to become life threatening. You, Mr & Mrs/Miss Civilian, also have the responsibility of keeping the situation from getting out of control.
The police are the only thing that stands between us and anarchy in the streets.
If you want to protect your child, teach them respect.
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I am delighted and excited to take over the reins as beyondblue Chair later this year. Jeff Kennett has done an incredible job as beyondblue’s founder and chair – his advocacy has changed the landscape for mental health in Australia. Thank you to the beyondblue board for your trust in me and your support. I am very excited to lead this important and impactful organisation. JG
This week I saw my daughter burst into tears at the school sports carnival.
Not because she lost a race but because didn't even run it.
You see my girl is a dreamer, every report card has always stated that she's off with the fairys, that she struggles to focus, that she giggles and Day dreams out the window, imagination running wild. She always thinks I'll be upset, I never am.
So when they called her name to run in the race, she wasn't paying any attention. And she missed it.
And I went across to see what happened and her little face couldn't contain the disappointment in herself anymore and she burst into tears.
So I asked her, do you know what being a dreamer makes you? It makes you an explorer, a wild one, a rule pusher, a world changer, it makes you everything and anything. Do you know what running a race makes you? A good race runner.
And her wet little eyes smiled.
Coz every kid has their strengths, concentration isn't hers, but you'll never meet a 7 year old as bravely wild and sweet as this one.
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