We have a Moving Date!

Yikes, we have a moving Date……a Date that is about 8 weeks away and now I am offically freaking out. We have pictures of our new home that I will not post here at present since I am not currently the resident in the home, but we are happy, very happy with the home we have been allocated in our new community by Queensland Education.

Now all I have to do is pack up this place……well thats a lie acutally I don’t have to pack it, I have to sort it. The movers pack it for us. But sorting this crazy mess it not going to be fun……..

We have decided to have a Huge cull, a room by room cull and my back patio is where everything getting culled is going at present and its not a pretty sight as you can see.20121115-094143.jpg20121103-104713.jpg

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This is a new start for us…..We are no longer fostercarers, we need a new start, a new community that every time we go to the shopping mall we are not running into a child we have cared for, or a birth family that hates us…..

My husband wants to be challenged more in his teaching, Learn new styles, and we want to teach our children about Indigenous Culture, Life and Community, Not from a book or from a white person view but from the Elders and community members who love their communities and people.

We are not nieve we know that life is going to be very different for us, that we will have to earn respect and a place within the community, we know that we are white people, that our intentions will be under close observation and respect is hard to earn but easy lost.

We can’t wait to experience the good, bad and maybe even a bit of ugly(which will likely be from me if the internet ever goes down, or the mail can’t be flown in due to bad weather LOL), we know that we will experience some of each but we also know that most of what we will experience will be good and that is because the community we are going to has respected Elders who are ensuring that culture is kept, that language is kept and that their beautiful community moves in the right direction.

Next year is going to be a time of change, challenges and joy for us, we can’t wait to get moved and settled.

Keep Safe and Look out for each other,

Nicki

 

 

 

I’m Breastfeeding, and you need to get Educated!

How is it that we are losing what it is to be compassionate humans?

Why is it that Breastfeeding education is not given to people who will deal with babies on a daily basis in their jobs?

Why do some people see it as a sexual act?

How is the picture below (my Precious Miss Boo at 1 day old) or any mother breastfeeding her child deemed as Sexual?


When did a mother enjoying breastfeeding become some how a sexualized behavior dangerous to her baby? Well sadly that day is today! I have been contacted by a personal friend who’s life was turned upside down by a Child protection Agency, when she was made to feel like she was sexually abusing her newborn child by breastfeeding her.

Today I shake my head in shame that a Tax funded State run Child protection agency is so way off the mark, I cringe at their uneducated and shameful attitudes towards breastfeeding mothers and babies.

I cringe at their lack of education around the needs, cues and desires of a newborn baby when it comes to breastfeeding.

I cringe at their uneducated, shameful attitudes towards my friend.

I am ashamed that I live in a country that removes children from their parents with only a “possibility of Emotional Neglect” and then tells that mother she is emotionally neglecting her baby because she is not shoving a plastic bottle down its throat but instead is trying to breastfeeding it, all the while being observed by Social workers who know nothing about breastfeeding or how a Breastfeed baby behaves.

People, Breastfeeding is by its very nature a act of stimulation, Basically the baby stimulates the mothers hormones to produce milk and let down by sucking her Nipples, That is not sick, that is not perverted that is not shameful… its basic human 101!!!

What is shameful is that this agency would deny this baby its basic human rights to receive its mothers perfect breast milk and that, that same agency would stop a baby for being able to suck at its mother’s breast because she fears you will call her a child molester.

Tears for my friend tonight, Hugs Nicki