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Three Types Of Bravery I Want My Kids To Have

October 1, 2022

Bravery is a bit like Lady Gaga – it can pull off quite a few different looks. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when my husband Brad and I took our three kids to a big water park – you know, because we hate ourselves (kidding!). At one point, my eight-year-old decided that, despite his life-long fear of heights, he wanted to go on a rather terrifying slide. Needless to say, I was gobsmacked. Still, Brad led him up an enormous set of stairs and queued with him for 15 minutes in the…

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Backstabbing, eyerolls and exclusion: the bully tactics favoured by girls

June 4, 2018

In 1988, when I was fifteen, a classmate had her personal diary stolen out of her school bag, photocopied and taped up on the walls of the senior…

Sunday will be bittersweet ….

May 11, 2018

I wrote this piece three years ago. It is as true today as it was then … **** It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and truth be told if…

Stories about feathers and telephones and grief and a little boy called Hamish …

May 1, 2018

No matter how hard we try, we cannot out-run death or grief. Tomorrow, is the birthday of my goddaughter May who was stillborn nearly two decades ago. Tomorrow…

Dear Duchess Catherine …

April 23, 2018

I’m thinking tonight about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour with her third child. And I thought, I don’t make having three little kids at home sound…

The first six weeks …

April 19, 2018

When my daughter Ava was born I fell madly in love. But that beautiful baby girl nearly unravelled me. She never slept. EVER. And I began to lose…

Last night I saw the captain of the Australian Cricket Team cry on television …

March 30, 2018

We all screw up. Some bigger than others. Some just more public. I was thinking about Steve Smith last night and just wanted to say that while consequences…

Beware the drama cyclone …

March 29, 2018

This past month I’ve been talking to tween and teen girls about walking towards drama cyclones. Every time you join in gossiping about someone either online or in-person…

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

I always wanted a daughter. Always. And when my husband and I discovered our first baby was a girl I was overjoyed. Before she was even born I…

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…

About Bec

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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