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

It’s a day to...

WEDNESDAY, November 15, will be a day to remember. A day I will be able to tell my children I was there for it, and did my bit to help achieve it. It was a momentous day where love won over hate, equality conquered inequality and inclusion overcame

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Ivy Wise
Nov 20 2017
Opinion

We all scream (except Mama) for ice cream

YOU know it’s time to get fit when you can’t catch your seven-year-old daughter in a game of tiggy. Or when your 10-year-old daughter says ‘I’m not saying you need to but maybe we should go running together’. Hint

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Ivy Wise
Oct 30 2017
Opinion

Will I ever say ‘I do’

I HAVE a big decision to make in the coming weeks. Should I or shouldn’t I? No, I’m not considering buying a house (I wish I could), getting married (never again, unless they’re rich with a bum ticker) or plastic surgery (ask me

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Ivy Wise
Oct 23 2017
Opinion

Back to (school) mayhem

I THOUGHT back to school would see some normality return to my crazy life. Ha. No such luck. Because there was absolutely nothing normal about the first week back to school. I thought I was prepared, that I had planned for every eventuality. The

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Ivy Wise
Oct 16 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

Paranoia runs deep

I THINK I have been watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds. Because if I’m not thinking about the unspeakable atrocities committed by countless psychopaths, sociopaths and mass murderers, I’m dreaming about them. On a side note, I

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Ivy Wise
Jul 24 2017
Opinion

Bali or chilblains is a no brainer

THIS past week I have been trying to distract myself from the obvious. My children are in Bali and I’m not. The girls jetsetted off on their first overseas trip last week with their father, stepmum and little sister. Right now, they’re

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Ivy Wise
Jul 17 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
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