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The life-changing magic of baking …

October 20, 2018

There is so much emotion tied to food. It really is one of those fundamental ways we can show people we love and care about them. I love that the Duchess of Sussex baked some banana bread in the kitchen of Admiralty House so she could “bring a plate” to the BBQ in Dubbo yesterday. How did it taste? I’m not sure it matters. It’s the gesture that means so much. Did you know baking for others it’s also really great for your mental health? Whipping up that chocolate cake is relaxing, it’s calming, it…

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This week I BOUGHT THE CAKE …

February 10, 2018

When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s in Chapel Hill, Brisbane eggs on toast (or baked beans on toast) was a standard dinner at least…

The book of secrets …

February 5, 2018

Last night, my daughter wrote me a letter. I found it on my bed.  Well, that’s no entirely true. I found a notebook with a handmade post-it note…

My 10 yo daughter wants Instagram. What do I say to her?

February 2, 2018

Yesterday the 10-year-old daughter of a friend of mine asked me when I thought her mum should allow her to have Instagram. The first thing I did was…

A letter to my niece before she starts high school …

January 19, 2018

My gorgeous 12 yo niece Elouise starts high school next week and so this week I sat her down to give her some Aunt-to-niece advice about what i…

#DoItForDolly

January 18, 2018

I remember 14. My life was about watching Young Talent Time, trying to learn the lyrics to the Bangles’ Manic Monday, perming my hair, writing fan letters to…

I want you to join me on #teamgirls …

May 14, 2017

When I was fifteen if you’d asked me what my life purpose was, I would have mumbled something about marrying Kirk Cameron and working as a children’s TV…

Before You Hit Send – social media tips for parents + tweens + teens

February 13, 2017

STEP 1.  BASIC ONLINE DO’S & DONT’S Don’t use your child’s photo or real name when setting up apps or certain social media accounts. Don’t accept friend requests…

The List part 2: resources for tween and teenage boys

September 13, 2016

First up – if you’re looking for my resources list for teenage GIRLS. Click here. So. Houston, we have a problem. Go searching for inspiring, uplifting books, websites…

The List: My go-to resources for tween and teen girls …

August 31, 2016

Here it is. My go-to list. (If you’re looking for my list of resources for teenage BOYS click here) I feel like so many parents are feeling anxious…

"What advice do you have for us for Schoolies Week?"

November 17, 2015

Isn’t that a great question? A SMART QUESTION.  Yesterday I was speaking to the Class of 2015 at Somerville House. So it was me and a room of 200…

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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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