Lauren’s postnatal depression story

Lauren's postnatal depression story - life on wallace

I’ve recently posted about my experience of my sister, Lauren’s, struggle with postnatal depression. Lauren is a huge advocate of parents speaking more openly and honestly about the challenges of parenting and the need to support parents’ mental health. After all, parenting is tough and perinatal depression can affect anyone. This is Lauren’s postnatal depression story. The babyRead more

My sister had postnatal depression

my sister had postnatal depression - life on wallace

I’ll always remember the day my niece was born. The phone rang one morning as I was doing the dishes. It was my little sister Lauren. She said, with no joy, ‘you have a niece’. The baby wasn’t due for about another four weeks. I panicked, firing off random questions, mostly about whether everyone wasRead more

Driving while distracted by kids

driving while distracted by kids - Life on Wallace

Life changes when you have kids, in so many unpredictable ways! I’d never have predicted how utterly awful my driving would become. I used to be a reasonable driver, but my word it is terrible these days. Driving around with three precious lives in the backseat should make me a more attentive driver. Holy smoke,Read more

Parenting like an FBI hostage negotiator

parenting like an FBI hostage negotiator

Anyone else have battles getting their kids dressed? Here’s how we currently roll. The littlest lad is the most compliant, yet even he wriggles around and squawks a bit. The middle lad is the trickiest, he loves hanging out in his pjs. Every single day he insists that the biggest lad get dressed first. ThenRead more

Being the default parent is relentless

being the default parent is relentless - life on wallace

Picture this, if you dare. It’s a Saturday morning and I am dashing about the house wearing only my knickers, still damp from the shower. Why? One of my boys requested paper, pencils and sticky tape. The other parent in our house was going about his business unaware of the happenings around him. You know whatRead more

Letter to my future Grandma self

Open letter to my future grandma self

Dear future Grandma self, Congratulations, you’re a Grandma! Your rascal sons have grown into men and are now becoming fathers. What a strange thought. As you write this you can barely imagine those smooth baby cheeks sprouting stubble. Future Grandma self, here’s some important information from 35 year old Claire. Ignore it at your peril.Read more

Pre-schoolers and school holidays don’t mix

Pre-schoolers and school holidays don't mix - Life on Wallace

School holidays are here. Before I had kids I figured school holidays were only important once your kids went to school. Not so, I tell you. Pre-schoolers and school holidays don’t mix, they are rough on mum’s of pre-school aged kids. No doubt parents of school kids are muttering ‘just you wait’! But here’s whyRead more

Preparing for a Catholic Primary School interview

Catholic Primary School interview - Life on Wallace

I can hardly believe that our biggest lad is five and off to school next year. After much angst, we decided to send him to the local Catholic Primary School. It’s standard practice to require prospective parents and their child to attend an interview before the child is accepted into the school. Not being religious,Read more