I'm a 41 year old mum to four boys, married to an archetypical "Grumpy Old Man" and living in Melbourne, Australia.
Writing is my passion (and the thorn in my side, as well). A couple of years ago I completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and - mad as I am - I'm currently working towards entering a PhD.
I have a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel I'm hoping to see published this year and many other stories, mainly flash fiction, which I churn out on my writing blog The Untamed Voice.
I'm interested in all sort of things metaphysical, spiritual and philosophical.
I also have a taste for social commentary and am not shy about sharing my own.
I'm an Attachment Parent; I co-sleep with my children until they're ready to move into a bed of their own. I breastfeed "full term" (until the child is emotionally ready to move on from breastfeeding). I don't believe smacking, yelling, and generally combative parenting methods are the best mode for encouraging loving, respectful relationships with children (that is not to say I've never yelled or smacked, I certainly have done both, but I don't view these practices as optimal or effective). I believe in gentle birth practices, and throughout my parenting journey I've progressively had less and less intervened births. My fourth and final birth was a midwife attended home birth (I say attended, rather than assisted because while she was present and witnessed the birth, she had no intention of intervening in Ari's emergence into this world unless it became evident he needed assistance - which he certainly did not!). I've worn my babies in a wide variety of carriers and slings, a couple of them until they were over three years of age.
This is me wearing Bryn for a Herald Sun article back in 2007...
Other "less common" parenting practices I've engaged in, some of which I have discontinued doing, but still appreciate the benefits of, have included:
Consciously and after informedly choosing not to vaccinate
Unschooling (my children currently attend school, but only because they continue to express this desire)
Cloth nappy use and elimination communication (following baby's toileting cues instead of using nappies)
No gaming consoles at home (my older boys received their first gaming consoles at the ages of 11 and 9, and I take a great interest in all their technology interactions and use, including having all email and FB messages forward to me inbox and only allowing internet use in common areas of the house under close supervision.
I tend to think too much and then spew forth my thoughts like a Jackson Pollock painting. So, don't stand too close :).