A Conversation With The Psychiatrist


Today I had a phone call from Mercedes’ psychiatrist. My 7-year old has a psychiatrist. In case you were wondering, that doesn’t get any less weird no matter how many times I say it. She had good news. They (the psych registrar and the psych consultant) have spoken with our paediatrician and together they have [...]

My New Toy


For months now, I’ve been coveting a ‘Nifty Fifty’ – a Canon 50mm 1.8f prime lens – but even with it’s relatively tiny pricetag, given how tight money is right now, it’s been a pipe dream. This week, hubby got a fairly decent tax refund and I found an Australian seller on eBay offering them nearly [...]

Getting Ready for World Breastfeeding Week 2014


In a couple of weeks time, it will be a year since I started Five Degrees of Chaos. By complete coincidence, that first week I started the blog, it happened to be World Breastfeeding Week, so one of my first ever posts was about my breastfeeding journey. Twelve months on, I’ve certainly had a lot [...]

Tips and Tools for Tackling Childhood Anxiety


A few weeks ago I read a brilliant post over on My Three Ring Circus sharing tools for helping with childhood anxiety. It sparked quite a bit of conversation on Facebook – turns out childhood anxiety is far more common than you’d think –  and reminded me of a some of the other little tricks and tips we [...]

Words To Live By


This week, I’m guest-hosting The Lounge, the linky where all the awesomest bloggers hang out. This week’s topic is ‘Words to Live By’… A little under a year ago, I wrote this post about being a less-than-perfect parent. It remains one of my most-viewed posts to date. In it, I shared my fundamental philosophy on [...]

The Best Birthday Ever


Being born mid-July, Chiara’s birthday almost always falls in the school holidays. She missed out on a proper party last year for similar reasons to Rosie – Mercedes was going through a rough patch of hospital stays, we had houseguests for several weeks, and money was tight. This year, money is still tight but we [...]

Touched Out.


Don’t get me wrong, I love breastfeeding. I believe in natural term breastfeeding, and letting my child lead the weaning process. It’s just that right now, I don’t LIKE breastfeeding. You see, breastfeeding is supposed to be about two people – mama and babe – but of late my bossy, stroppy toddler has decided that SHE [...]

The War On Sleep


I’ve always been a terrible sleeper. If you believe my mother, that is. I’ve grown up listening to tales of the time she put me in my pram at the bottom of the garden because she couldn’t deal with the incessant screaming. Okay, so I doubt she actually put me in my pram at the [...]