Blogs: Susan Devoy- Super Mum

Letter from London

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As I sit in some dingy cafe in Portobello Rd in London trying to figure out how to use these internet cafes I am trying to decide if I am completely bonkers!

I have always said to my four sons that adventure is the champagne of life, so 18 months ago when everyone was talking about travelling to Europe to see the Rugby World Cup, a seed was sown that we should take the trip of our lifetime and rather than see the World Cup we would just see the world.

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Hormones and self control

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I live in a world surrounded by males. With six brothers and no sisters, four sons and no daughters and a husband, you could say that I have been well and truly punished for all the terrible things I’ve said about men in my life.

Occasionally I reflect on what life might be like if I had a female kindred spirit, someone to accompany me shopping.  Let’s face it, it’s not cool if you are a teenage boy to be seen in any women’s fashion store. That’s not to say that boys don’t like shopping, but it’s mostly sports shops, electronics, bikes and of course, the trendy surf shops.

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Child abuse and values

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I was deeply disturbed when I heard that another child had been abused and was in a serious condition in Starship hospital. I can’t bear to think of that poor defenceless little girl and the torture she endured; equally I struggle to understand how human beings can actually do this to anyone, let alone their own flesh and blood.

Child abuse has reached crisis point in this country, and it is difficult as individuals to know what to do when it appears that central government has taken no leadership on this issue aside from the “Anti Smacking Bill” .

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The birds and the bees

The birds and the bees

I was trying to recall how and when I learnt about the birds and the bees. I know for sure there was never any mother-daughter, or for that matter father-daughter, confidential chat to educate me on the facts of life. It was a combination of girl chatter at school and in the changing rooms at various squash clubs around the country.

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What’s important

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In September our family is taking the trip of a lifetime or at least I am hoping it will be. When we talked about the possibility last year we received a number of different reactions from people. There were those who without directly saying so thought it was one of those ideas that would never eventuate, then there were those who resentfully said “well, it’s alright for some”, and then there were those who were genuinely as enthusiastic and excited as we were at the prospect.

Missing my Mum on Mother’s Day

Missing my Mum on Mothers Day

Often I wonder if I’m a good Mum? Perhaps the only real measure is reflected in what sort of young men and women our children become, and whether or not our own Mums would be proud of the job we’ve done. I’m thinking about my Mum… It must be Mother’s Day.

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Sibling rivalry

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The catalyst for my column this month was provided by a Member who wrote in with concerns regarding her all-boy family and their intense sibling rivalry.

I’m not sure that I can really provide any useful advice, but I can assure you that it sounds fairly typical of an all-boy family – or should I say it closely resembles the testosterone battle-zone we experience on a daily basis.

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Active kids

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Having four children contributes to a heavy workload and I often say that I have too many children and not enough husbands. Or, as someone corrected me recently, not enough wives! John (my husband) travels out of town on a regular yet unpredictable basis which often means there is only one taxi driver, one chef, and no one to do the maths homework. Continue reading »

New Goals for Back to school

Back to school goals

I enjoy the holidays but with 4 boys at home I have definitely run out of ideas to keep them busy and active without depleting all our financial resources.

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The meaning of Christmas

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I sense my 8 and 10 year old sons are struggling to believe that Santa Claus is really real. This year there have been no requests for Santa’s direct line to the North Pole and no long lists of preferred items for their sacks. Instead, yours truly has been fielding many challenging questions such as “Mummy, if Santa is real then why do we need the Salvation Army?”

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