Time to Unfold

By Laurie Morrissey So the boy has been starkers since approximately 6.30pm last night.  He didn’t fancy putting on his pyjamas, wasn’t pushed when it came to getting dressed this morning and is now happily enjoying a post-lunch nap, au natural. In fairness, it’s been...
The Struggle of Identity as an Artist

The Struggle of Identity as an Artist

By Melissa Lipnick If I’m being honest, I went to graduate school to obtain a title. I had a need for validation, and only three little letters next to my name could provide what I was seeking: M.F.A. Growing up, I drew and painted, sang and performed, and...
Teaching Post Pandemic

Teaching Post Pandemic

No teacher, parent, SNA or principal will ever forget the 12th of March 2020. The day we were all told we had one hour to close our buildings down and organise three weeks of work for the entire school. Cue sweat, internal tears and a lot of queuing at the...
It Starts With Us

It Starts With Us

I remember that morning so well. My daughter, 23 months old, I shouted, she covered her face with both of her hands, my heart sank. In that moment I could see history was repeating itself and that my stress was negatively impacting my parenting and in turn my...
Selectively Social

Selectively Social

By Laurie Morrissey Have I ever mentioned I’m a very sociable introvert? Well I am. And so, of course I should have tonnes of empathy for others with similar social tendencies. Except that my vanity and striving to appear ‘nice’ to people makes it trickier than you...

Boundaries

“I was fifty years old before I learned to say the word no” my mother said and it was true. I vowed that I would do my best to ensure this didn’t become a family tradition. Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing our identity and is a crucial aspect of...