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Jean Flynn

Freelance writer

Jean Flynn is a freelance writer based in regional Victoria. Her work has appeared in CHILD magazine, on mamamia.com.au and in several anthologies.
A Letter To The Boy Who Gave Me A Compliment 20 Years

A Letter To The Boy Who Gave Me A Compliment 20 Years Ago

You were a skater, I think. You grew your hair down past your collar, Kurt Cobain style, and wore a tight, beaded necklace like a pro surfer. You got into trouble a lot, but you weren't malicious, just distracted. I was a part-time introvert and a full-time nerd.
19/08/2016 12:36 PM AEST
Moving In With My Partner Made Me Incredibly

Moving In With My Partner Made Me Incredibly Lonely

I moved from inner-city Melbourne to regional Victoria when I was twenty-six. My partner of four years had been living on a farm near Kerang, and we were sick of the 280km commute and weekend-only romance. At first I found my new situation quite exciting. Then winter came, and my tree change quickly lost its novelty.
03/08/2016 2:18 PM AEST
Private Schools Should Be Expelled From The Education

Private Schools Should Be Expelled From The Education System

Parents who can afford to opt for a private school no doubt believe that they are doing what's best. And perhaps they are -- for their own family. However, this "every man for himself" attitude -- although a natural survival instinct -- does not benefit society as a whole.
30/05/2016 5:41 AM AEST
My Daughter Is Just Like Me, And I Hate

My Daughter Is Just Like Me, And I Hate It

Listening to the games makes me cringe with embarrassment. Don't get me wrong -- I love to see the kids playing nicely together, making things up, being creative and so on -- it's the parroting that I can't stand. Because my daughter's characters always sound just like me.
21/02/2016 6:31 AM AEDT
Every School Holidays I Get 'Real Job'

Every School Holidays I Get 'Real Job' Envy

Working from home is great. I can take mornings off to go to BodyCombat, I don't have to attend any staff meetings, I never have to hear anyone say "Can you action this ASAP?" and I can't get the sack. Also, my office is active-wear friendly. So it's a perfect situation. Except in the school holidays...
18/01/2016 5:07 AM AEDT
A Conversation With An Egotist Is Not A

A Conversation With An Egotist Is Not A Conversation

Small children are egocentric. Most people grow out of this kind of behaviour. They come to understand that partaking in discussions is really quite straightforward, and often enjoyable. But others, like pool man and my housemate, just don't get it.
14/01/2016 5:26 AM AEDT
My Husband Thinks I Should See A

My Husband Thinks I Should See A Psychologist

I don't think there's anything over-the-top about my behaviour. I just like to avoid food poisoning. And standing on crumbs. And I want to be in control at all times. Anyway, I've always been like this. It's how I am. It's my normal.
24/12/2015 5:52 AM AEDT
I Might Be 'Established Middle-Class', But Don't Think You Know

I Might Be 'Established Middle-Class', But Don't Think You Know Me

I live in a big house with my husband and two kids. I turn up at school most days in lycra pants and sneakers, and, in cold weather, a sleeveless puffy jacket. I like lattes and green smoothies and chia seeds. But before you pigeonhole me as a posh, trend-following, Lorna-Jane-wearing yummy mummy, read on.
18/12/2015 5:46 AM AEDT