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fzmclaren August 3, 2022

I think you need to look at the whole school life of a child. A child may be ready to start at 4 turning 5 but what are they going to be like in high school and when puberty hits or when puberty hits their friends but not them. I think the changes are in the right direction and sound like it’ll make it easier for parents to start their children at school later if it’s needed

fzmclaren July 24, 2022

I had to laugh at your last one of it’ll just happen if you relax. I finally pregnant with IVF when I was at my most stressed, at my least healthiest, most heaviest weight.I never fell pregnant when I tried to do everything right. IVF works when the universe decides and for no other reason. All the rest is to make yourself feel like you’re doing all the right things when it doesn’t make any difference at all.

fzmclaren June 21, 2022

I think he’s also very inclusive. On Lego Masters he includes the contestants in his jokes and build their confidence and comfortability on TV. His jokes never go beyond what the contestants are comfortable with. There is a real comraderie that Hamish facilitates with the contestants and viewers alike. And I don’t think many people have that ability. It’s a real gift of his

fzmclaren May 28, 2022

@becky It did give a chance for so many other children who didn't get a voice to see some parent in the same situation will give their child a voice.  It gave them a chance to tell their stories.  I'm not big on posting online but I do respect the authors desire to be held accountable for her behavior and I respect her for acknowledging what she did

fzmclaren May 28, 2022

The baby stage didn’t bother me but am dreading the teen years. I can cope with sleepless nights and not being to go out as easily etc but I’m not looking forward to the emotional roller coaster of teen years. There is so much that can go wrong 

fzmclaren January 28, 2022

@grumpier monster And at times it's learning how to roll with that lack of control

fzmclaren January 28, 2022

I think the hardest part about parenting will be different for every parent. I had a baby who woke hourly every night, but as an insomniac, I could cope with that.  My friend had a baby with colic but she said she could cope with colic better than a baby who did not sleep as she needed to sleep 8 hours a night and her baby slept through the night from an early age.  I would have struggled with a baby that cried for 15 hours each day with colic.  Different things are hard for different people.  I think also there are hard things and easy things at all the different ages and stages kids go through.  There will be some things you love about different ages and some things you are thankful that ends as the child gets older.  It's a hard question to answer 

fzmclaren January 18, 2022

I am profoundly grateful social media and the internet weren’t around in my youth and remember having this conversation with my 14 (at the time) year old niece. I think you guys have it much harder with online bullying and technology than we did. And I hope your generation does a better job than the previous ones

fzmclaren January 7, 2022

I think there is a lot of people who are trying to avoid getting it and are minimising their social contacts. We are as I have a child who can’t get immunised (due to age). And I know and work with people who have been getting tested before every visit they have with someone who is vulnerable. Yes it’s likely we will all get it at some point but that doesn’t mean I can’t do what I can to support the vulnerable in our community

fzmclaren November 30, 2021

We only started this last year and my son has reached the age where he doesn’t believe in Santa any more. He’s now asked for the job of moving the elf each night for us. Have happily bequeathed the job on!

fzmclaren November 11, 2021

Dance concerts and that’s not even as a parent. Why does every dance concert have to be 3.5 hours long. Dance teachers need to think short and sweet not how long can we make this concert!  Record is 3 concerts in a row for different nieces. True act of love.  So glad my child hates performing.  And no 20 days wish my child told me about their day. They are too busy living in the moment and moving onto the next thing to tell me what happened 5 hours earlier!

fzmclaren November 2, 2021

I am so glad Cleo has been found

fzmclaren October 31, 2021

I have rarely experienced and in fact my experience has been the opposite. We renovated our house (two bathrooms, kitchen, painting and flooring) this year and overwhelming the tradies and bank were more than happy to deal with me and did so on a regular consistent basis and were overall great and easy to deal with. I’m glad that it hasn’t been and isn’t an issue. 

fzmclaren October 29, 2021

Thank you for this

fzmclaren October 14, 2021

This is absolutely disgusting and what we are going through at the moment does not even begin to compare with Holocaust and suffering and trauma that Jewish people went through then and earlier. I am so sorry you’ve had to deal with this. 

fzmclaren October 14, 2021

It’s hard. I’ve been on both sides of the fence with this one; as a patient and as a nurse. The hardest part is there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop the miscarriage. The only thing anyone can do is show grace and understanding

fzmclaren September 22, 2021

I think you have a typo in your comment that 1 in 5 children have had a jab between the ages of 5 and 11. I would hope that’s not true given there has not been a safe roll out of a vaccine for that age group. Did you mean 12 to 16 instead?

fzmclaren September 22, 2021

Thank you for sharing your story

fzmclaren September 19, 2021

I don’t think you can blame men for you and your friends tearing down a woman for the way they look and completely sympathised with your partner for feeling attacked over it. He is doing everything that can be done and I would feel defensive if the shoe was on the other foot.

fzmclaren September 7, 2021

@han in my experience perpetrators offend because so many around them turn a blind eye to the behaviour happening in front of them. They don’t tend to do this out of malice but because they haven’t dealt or worked through their own pain and need for healing from when they were abused. Sexual abuse is very generational in families and people either deny or refuse to face what is happening. Only a small percentage will face it and work through their pain with it and then look at how to prevent it for the next generation, so the cycle continues.