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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.

fzmclaren September 5, 2021

Another thing you need to add is the number of eggs you get does not always translate to a high number of viable embryos

fzmclaren August 19, 2021

@swatters I found that too. I struggled to fall pregnant and multiple rounds of IVF I finally fell pregnant and carried successfully to term in my early 40’s. The unexpected benefit was the amount of leave I accrued over the years that I can now use and financially and career wise am in a better place. It has been a silver lining after our struggles

fzmclaren August 19, 2021

Melbourne went through this last year when childcare’s were closed for essential workers. Your child needs the socialisation, you and your husband need the support to do your job and you older son needs to do school. I would far rather people followed the restrictions and allowed the youngest of our children to the support they need than for people to ignore the restrictions and go about as normal. They are the ones who should feel guilty, not you

fzmclaren August 12, 2021

You need to look after your mental health. And it’s okay to acknowledge how hard it is for you even when you have things you are grateful for. What you’re grateful for doesn’t always make up for what you’re going through

fzmclaren August 6, 2021

I have loved watching this along with the American and Chinese gymnastic teams showing such support for each other.  Shows there are some selfless people out there

fzmclaren August 6, 2021

@cherryblossom And we need regional Victoria to be open to financially support the areas that need to be locked down.  We need them to be open so less business go broke; less people become unemployed and less people end up with physical and mental health issues putting pressure on our health systems.  The hard thing with it is, they tried it last year and too many Melbourne people moved to their holiday houses, spreading the disease around rather than staying home as they were asked

fzmclaren July 30, 2021

You handled that with so much grace and compassion

fzmclaren July 29, 2021

Simone herself said the only reason for performing at these Olympics was because she the sole gymnast left who had been sexually abused by the USA gymnastic doctor and she did not want the fact that it had happened to so many gymnasts and enabled by so many involved with USA gymnastics, to be brushed under the carpet. She doesn’t just have the hopes of the work with winning medals, she is ensuring over 300 gymnasts stories of being sexually abused isn’t forgotten. That is a weight beyond what anyone should have to carry and she has done it with such grace and kindness to others. She is inspirational to many who have pushed themselves because others have demanded it for themselves not because it was best for them. Simone is showing it is more than okay to take care of yourself first. She does not owe anyone anything.


fzmclaren July 27, 2021

@cat Historically that is what has happened with every pandemic. Everyone is trying to prevent that from happening. That’s why the UK is being watched because then people can see if having much of the population vaccinated works, and will allow people some hope that perpetually lockdowns won’t be the new normal. Being in lockdown has not had too much of a negative impact on me financially but I do know people who have or are almost on the point of losing their business. And loss of business means no money for food or shelter and that is scary, especially when you have children. I am not saying to stop all lockdowns at the moment as we don’t have enough vaccinated but I do hope the UK can show that whilst people may still get it, they aren’t as sick and the death rate lowers with it. The US has already started to show that. I wish our government would open up the vaccinations for everyone as there are a lot of people who want to get vaccinated but can’t as they’re in their 20’s. 

fzmclaren July 27, 2021

@gu3st I would expect that too. They didn’t have that option 100 years ago and I don’t think the roll out of vaccinations has been handled well by our country and I think it could have been handled much better. COVID won’t disappear any time soon but the vaccinations will mean you can get the illness and survive it instead of being seriously unwell with it or dying.  And it will hopefully mean one day that people will see it as an illness like the flu not as a deadly disease like the flu once was. At the very beginning of all this someone asked how did they get out of the Spanish flu and it was two ways - immunity from either vaccinations or natural immunity and the second was people got used to it and learned to live with it on a social level. At some point we will need to reach that level