Yes, they're royal. But they are also about to be first time parents, so give them some space to enjoy that... (and freak out a little). By ALYS GAGNON We need to leave Wills and Kate alone for a while, guys. I know we’re all super curious about the royal baby, and *squee* newborn! Really, though, we need to leave them alone. You know why? Because babies are scary. Yep – teeny, tiny and terrifying. Don’t be fooled by how helpless, adorable and deliciously squishy babies appear at first glance.... more
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Alys Gagnon is a mother, a wife and works in politics. She is the daughter of an ordained Anglican priest, grew up in the Anglican tradition and is a former member of the Anglican Synod of Canberra Goulburn Diocese.
Alys Gagnon By ALYS GAGNON The things that are pissing me off the most about the Retro Mummy debate are a) the fact that the damn thing is capitalised (seriously, can we stop putting people in boxes?) and b) there is a bit of judgement about the choices made by mothers coming from women who are not parents. New York Magazine published an article in March with the tag line feminists who say they’re having it all – by choosing to stay home. At the time, Lisa Miller wrote: Far from the Bible Belt’s... more
Alys Gagnon by ALYS GAGNON Who said there were rules about how to parent your child? Sure, there are some things that are certainly black and white. Don’t shake the baby comes to mind. That. But let’s explore a few of the “rules” of modern parenting. 1. You’re a good parent if your baby sleeps/sleeps in your room/co-sleeps etc Actually, you’re a good parent if, whatever decision you make about where or how the baby is sleeping or even if the baby is not sleeping, you manage to get through the day without... more
Alys with her son by ALYS GAGNON I’ll never forget being asked if I was comfortable topping my hungry baby up with formula... At 17 months, my baby boy is no longer. He’s a walking, almost talking little boy struggling for independence… and the telly remote. He’s the apple of my eye and centre of my heart. But like many first time mothers I spent his first few days filled with unadulterated panic. Will was a teeny tiny helpless baby unable to communicate his needs but whose... more
Alys' wedding. by ALYS GAGNON As a married person, as a woman and a feminist - and as a lifelong Anglican - I have watched with horror as the Anglican Diocese of Sydney have insisted on the archaic notion that women 'obey' their husbands. Julia Baird, in the National Times, writes; “Sydney Anglicans are introducing a new, supposedly more modern marriage vow, where women promise to "submit" to their husbands (instead of to obey, which, you will have noticed, means exactly the same... more