Entries by The Meddler

Shocking diagnosis for 3-year-old with “common cold”

It’s cold and flu season, which means it’s germopalooza time, especially at daycare centres and schools. Kids are routinely being sent home with sore tummies, warm foreheads and chirpy coughs. So when local mum Tammy Leitch got a call from her kindy in Robina saying her son Blaise had a temperature, she wasn’t overly concerned. […]

Should we shield our kids from regrets?

In the last week, I’ve encountered two scenarios where the parents were desperately trying to shield their children from “having regrets”. The first was fictional, in the debut episode of Big Little Lies season two: this is not a plot spoiler in any way, shape or form, but in this episode, Reese Witherspoon’s character blows […]

9 ways you can save a life – in just 60 seconds

“I’d give everything but my eyes. I don’t want someone else seeing out of my eyes.” It was an unusual comment from my friend Gemma, but in the context of our discussion – organ donation – it wasn’t too strange. Upon her passing, she shared that she might be okay with donating her organs, except […]

Money expert shares perfect pocket money amount

Confession: I grew up in a household that struggled financially. We weren’t ‘poor’ poor. I never remember going without a meal, we always had a roof over our heads and I always had clothes (albeit mostly sourced second-hand or from Kmart). But we struggled. My parents lived pay cheque to pay cheque, often running out […]

How Afterpay is making us poor

Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services are making it easier than ever to get into financial trouble. With these types of schemes, Aussies are “knowingly getting themselves into debt – and banks and financial providers are benefitting as a result,” says Tribeca Financial CEO Ryan Watson. I see this happening a lot with my friends. […]