Books – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Library These Holidays
Dec18

Books – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Library These Holidays

Books, books and books – I didn’t like books, I remember my parents saying to me how important they were and that I should read, but I was never really into it. Then everything changed when my older sister started reading to me, Pollyanna (by Eleanor H. Porter) was her choice, and to be honest, I don’t recall very well what it was about. Only that the little girl invented a game where she was always glad. What I can...

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Meet: CEO of Holdsworth Community and mother of two, Ruth Kestermann
Dec14

Meet: CEO of Holdsworth Community and mother of two, Ruth Kestermann

I met with Ruth Kestermann, CEO of Holdsworth Community. It was on International Day for People with Disability and we spoke how Holdsworth works to foster a more inclusive community and her journey as a mother and CEO.  Holdsworth Community has been operating for over 30 years in Woollahra and provides services for people across the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. They have over 85 programs and services, ranging from after-school care for...

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Feeling Charitable? 3 Tips for Businesses to Get the Most out of Giving
Nov16

Feeling Charitable? 3 Tips for Businesses to Get the Most out of Giving

Let’s face it when you’re starting out in business or even a couple of years in – you put everything you have into it. Time, money, energy, blood, sweat and a lot of tears!  So, what’s left to give to a charity or needy cause? Not much really but businesses can still find creative ways to give back. The most common feedback from small to medium size businesses who donate to a charity or cause is they don’t feel adequately recognised...

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A Best Kept Secret – Q Station Historical Tour
Oct19

A Best Kept Secret – Q Station Historical Tour

Spring has certainly arrived, Summer is in the air and the city of Sydney is buzzing. First swims of the season, lazy lunches, catch ups with family and friends, hitting the beach…the list goes on. I absolutely love this time of the year to start doing fun outdoor activities with my husband and kids. The kids, in particular, seem to get a new lease of life after hibernating through winter. Last month SydneyMum stayed at Q Station and...

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Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN
Aug31

Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN

I was a Government schooled child who attended a quite a few (four primary and three high schools), in mostly poorer areas. Despite the less than ideal experience, I always felt I had options, and more importantly the space to learn, fail, change, grow and try again. It’s a luxury our kids can not afford in the current schooling system, especially when it comes to NAPLAN. NAPLAN, from my understanding, was introduced by the Gillard...

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Kids and epilepsy
Mar30

Kids and epilepsy

“I’m not sure all the teachers realise that he isn’t not listening. It’s often hard to know when he is having a seizure. I do because I know him so well”. This was the paraphrased conversation I had casually joined at the school gate yesterday.   Her son has multiple Focal (partial) seizures during the day. A form of epilepsy that often goes unnoticed because the person could simple look like they are...

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Kids Holiday Programs in Sydney – Delicious
Mar28

Kids Holiday Programs in Sydney – Delicious

Sydney Mums are always looking for holiday programs to do with kids. We was contacted by the awesome guys – how cool are these holiday work shops?! Kids getting in and amongst soil. plants. seeds and the environment around them, right in the heart of Sydney in Dulwich Hill. There are different programs on offer and registration and bookings are essential. You can find the form below… DD Holiday Workshops A3 flyer v3...

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Mums supporting Mums
Dec12

Mums supporting Mums

Saturday was Human Rights Day, although I was enjoying the day among friends my thoughts did drift to those in this life who are really doing it tough. Tough because they are not choosing to be persecuted or discriminated against but that it is being imposed on them – the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, a LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous Peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of...

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Sydney Mum continues talking education
Dec05

Sydney Mum continues talking education

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new reforms hitting the HSC and NAPLAN from 2017 and my thoughts how it will impact our family and my role as a mum. Since I have come across some interesting articles that talk about the importance of early intervention, in particular the possibility of NSW schools implementing a phonics test at the end of year 1. It would seem that Australian government schools could be taking a page out of...

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Early detection is your best protection
Dec02

Early detection is your best protection

Cancer, it’s the leading cause of death in Australia and knows no impunity and is non-discriminate. We all know someone who knows someone who knows someone and so on. Surfing the social media wave this week Sydney Mum came across this amazing story of Daniella, an inspirational woman sharing her very personal journey with breast cancer. She is on a mission and using Facebook as a launch pad, she has set a challenge to woman (and men)...

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