About Mama Mayhem

About Mama Mayhem

Ivy Wise was born in Denmark to Danish and Dutch parents, grew up in Mt Isa and has made Echuca-Moama home since 2005. An insanely happy – and sometimes just insane – single mother of two girls there is never a dull moment. Between parenting and working as a journalist at the Riverine Herald there is always something happening, and going wrong, in her life. From the funny to the endlessly frustrating, Ivy (pronounced Eevoo in the land of her birth) is willing to tell all.

Opinion

If you’re having a...

WHAT a whirlwind week. I have gone from shock to disbelief, to excitement, panic and then back to excitement again. No, I did not win the lotto. I won a Walkley. Yes, I am still coming to terms with it myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever

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Ivy Wise
Sep 25 2017
Opinion

Mama’s Neverending Story of flu symptoms

THE dreaded flu has hit me and I am not coping very well. You see, when I get sick, I don’t just get the 24-hour bug. I come down with all the symptoms — cough, sore throat, headache, blocked nose, chills, aches and pains, night sweats

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Ivy Wise
Sep 04 2017
Opinion

Tough mother’s love backfires on Mama

IVY WISE: Mother of the Year. When my 10-year-old got hit in the finger with a football a couple of weeks ago she begged me to take her to the doctor, but I knew better, and knew this was a time for some of mother’s tough love. I mean come on

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Ivy Wise
Aug 28 2017
Opinion

Once upon a time someone dreamt up these nightmares

I SOMEHOW managed to get through another year of Book Week relatively unscathed. Apart from a little mishap with the superglue and Maya changing her mind every damn minute about who she wanted to be, my sanity remained intact. Just. I was quite

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Ivy Wise
Aug 21 2017
Opinion

Connection lost on new level

I LOST my first game of Connect 4 the other day. Ever. And to a child. I have never been defeated in my 39 years. Not by my parents, sisters, friends or work colleagues. And now I have been beaten by my seven-year-old daughter, Maya. When it

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Ivy Wise
Jul 10 2017
Opinion

I was being robbed by Chucky (insert scream)

MY ELDEST daughter Ayla is like the Energizer bunny — on steroids. She just goes and goes and goes. If I had a quarter of her energy, I’d be doing well. Incredibly, when 7pm comes around, she seems to kick into another gear and her brain

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Ivy Wise
Jul 03 2017
Opinion

Going back in time but how should mama dress?

THIS weekend I am heading back to the ’80s. Yep, I am jumping in the DeLorean time machine and setting the time circuits back 30 years. To a simpler time, when I was nine and Catchit t-shirts and terrycloth shorts were in and perms were

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Ivy Wise
Jun 26 2017
Opinion

The show must go on, even without clothes

THIS is my last shameless plug for Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot which finishes this weekend.. Yesterday was our fourth show and I’m hoping (as I am writing this in advance) it went off without a hitch

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Ivy Wise
May 29 2017
Opinion

This Mama is itching to tell you her issue

I SWEAR to God, if I get another head lice alert from the school I am going to lose it.. We seem to get the same email every week — ‘‘we have reported cases of nits/head lice being present in some of our students’’.. It’s like Groundhog

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Ivy Wise
May 22 2017
Opinion

Do my children have no shame?

I HOPE all the mothers out there had a special day yesterday.. Whether that was getting jumped on at six in the morning, served breakfast in bed, receiving handmade presents or just a thank you for all you do.. Because let’s face it, how often do

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Ivy Wise
May 15 2017
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