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Lana Hirschowitz

Former editor of Mamamia and iVillage in Australia

Lana Hirschowitz is a mother, wife, writer and toast lover. Former editor of Mamamia and iVillage in Australia, Lana is now freelancing, blogging and Instagramming photos of her dinner and her dog – two of her healthiest obsessions. You can read more of her blogs at http://www.sharpestpencil.com.au/
The Birth Of Your Child Is Not The Most Important

The Birth Of Your Child Is Not The Most Important Day

It was more than 15 years ago that I had my only child. Like a lot of other mums, I remember it like it happened yesterday. But unlike a lot of other parents, I don't remember a lot of joy from that day.
19/07/2016 6:08 PM AEST
If Leggings Are Pants, Slippers Can Be

If Leggings Are Pants, Slippers Can Be Shoes

The leggings phenomenon has taken over in such a way that we hardly even look twice when we see people at the supermarket or trotting around the suburbs in lycra-type leggings. So why can't we introduce that same joy to our feet?
10/06/2016 12:09 PM AEST
The Pink Ladies Of The Playground Are

The Pink Ladies Of The Playground Are Precious

I will never forget my son's school orientation. I was genuinely afraid, not at the thought of my little boy going to school, not of the enormity of this milestone and not even because finding parking that day had used every bit of my given quota for patience, but because of the other mums.
01/05/2016 6:37 AM AEST
The 8 Types Of Recipe

The 8 Types Of Recipe Trolls

Quite by chance, I have come across a well of unexpected angst in a corner of the web I thought was reserved for foodies or hungry people. This angst, often manifested as anger, is literally bubbling away in online recipes. Yes, simple solutions for dinner are the new heartland of irate commenters.
18/04/2016 2:43 PM AEST
Vaginal Seeding Might Be A Waste Of Time, But It's A Mother's

Vaginal Seeding Might Be A Waste Of Time, But It's A Mother's Right

Far from becoming more accepting of each other's choices, we are coming up with new ways to compete -- whether it be through an unassisted outdoor birth or a placenta cake served at the baby naming or, you know, rubbing vaginal juices over our babies because we didn't have a vaginal delivery.
25/02/2016 10:57 AM AEDT
Motherhood Is Not A

Motherhood Is Not A Challenge

A motherhood challenge seems to carry its own brand of smugness and competition. Turning that joy and pleasure into a competition to rake up views and entice validation is not going to create any winners in the end.
11/02/2016 5:04 PM AEDT
A Smug Mum Once Told Me Something. She Was

A Smug Mum Once Told Me Something. She Was Right

I am not a fan of the smug, know-it-all kind who tell you how to nurture/care for/raise your kids. The worst is people telling you how you should feel, especially about your own kids. But her words stuck with me for a reason.
11/01/2016 10:39 AM AEDT
What Parents Hear When They Listen To Adele's

What Parents Hear When They Listen To Adele's 'Hello'

There are some truths about parenthood you just can't escape. It's actually quite affirming to know that you are not alone. No matter how isolated you feel sitting on the floor pretending to be Olaf from Frozen, all around the world millions of people are going through the same thing.
22/11/2015 10:10 AM AEDT
Is Barbie Good For Young Girls? Ken

Is Barbie Good For Young Girls? Ken Oath

I played with my Barbie like any child plays with a toy -- I used my imagination. Her body may have been created by a large corporation but her personality and her character were created by me.
02/11/2015 9:17 AM AEDT
When Strangers Invite You To Watch Their

When Strangers Invite You To Watch Their Kids

Our kids might be young and entertaining but that doesn't mean they're not deserving of privacy -- and the respect to live and learn their lessons away from the eyes of strangers.
22/10/2015 1:05 PM AEDT
The 21 Things That Regular Parents

The 21 Things That Regular Parents Do

To avoid any issues with you calling yourself a regular parent only to discover that you aren't (although your child is perfectly fine) let me help you with a list of things that regular parents do.
14/09/2015 1:47 PM AEST
Here's An Excuse Not To Do Homework With Your

Here's An Excuse Not To Do Homework With Your Kids

I think it's important to take an interest in his homework. Call me old-fashioned but I think respecting his day and what he's doing at school teaches him a little about respecting me and others and what we do.
31/08/2015 4:58 PM AEST
How Toddlers Prepare You For

How Toddlers Prepare You For Teenagers

My mother was not the first, or the last, to warn me that what lay ahead of me when I would be responsible for parenting a teen was worse than anything a toddler could offer. But she was wrong.
20/08/2015 2:55 PM AEST