{Girl Crush Tuesday} The fabulous Mia Freedman

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4

Today we salute Mia Freedman. Mia is a fabulously strong woman who uses her voice through many avenues. She is an editor, writer, author and blogger. She was even the youngest ever editor of Australian Cosmopolitan at the age of 24!

What we love about Mia is that she isn’t afraid to go against the norm and give her opinion regardless of the consequences. She stands by her strong opinions and isn’t naïve enough to believe that everyone will agree with her but instead supports the right of free speech.

If you are a parent with internet access you will have no doubt come across Mia’s websites, Ivillage and Mamamia. These sites are read by thousands and thousands of people every single day. She gives a voice and advice to many who don’t know where to go.

Mia isn’t afraid of standing out from the crowd and uses this power to push many causes close to her heart. These include encouraging women to embrace their bodies and giving support to those who have experienced stillborn births and miscarriages.

Mia has been very open about her own experiences with mental illness and in particular living everyday with anxiety. Brave women like Mia who use their positions to talk more openly about these issues increase awareness and acceptance for even more members of the community.

Mia might not be everyone’s cup of tea but to others she is certainly their glass of champagne.

Thanks Mia for showing our little girls not to be afraid of using their voices loudly and proudly and for teaching them that through hard work and a little perseverance anything is possible.

 

 

{Raising Little People} It’s a boys club…

So, there is this exclusive little club I am not a member of. They speak their own language, have their own rules and eat a bucket load of lasagne.

The little boys club is a world of its own.

My nephew opens my eyes up to the way boys see the world very differently to little girls.

The clever Shauna Anderson has written a very funny eye-opening piece about the ‘7 things mothers of boys will understand‘.

It is quite a humorous eye opener as I sit here surrounded by barbie dolls and pretend make-up..

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Happy reading Nesters!

{Raising Little People} This mum is saying what all of us think about our last baby

If you are a parent, you should read this. It perfectly puts into words the magic that is the last year of firsts.

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While every parent at some point wishes that they could slow down time, you can’t. You can however, savour each, tiny last ‘first’.

Breathe it in. Memorise it.

You can find this wonderfully written piece here – IVillage – ‘The Last Year of Firsts’

Happy reading Nesters x

{Raising Little People} Is your little-birdie ready for school?

Making the decision to send your little-birdie to school is so tough. How do you know when they are ready? What will be expected of them? Is 5 old enough? Or should we wait until he is 6?

I started school when I was 4, my friend started at 6. We both survived. So what’s the right answer?kid-ready-school-jpg

Ivillage have put together a list of indicators that may help you make that decision. You can find it here -> ‘Is my child ready for school?’

While not an absolute checklist, it does assist the decision making.

Did you send your little-birdie early? Or hold them back?