In this moment

In this moment

October 2, 2014

I hear his quick little footsteps across the wood floor, then I see his little face pop around the edge of the half opened door. “What are you doing here?” I ask him. “I’m not fweepy” he tells me. I frown at him… It’s late, everyone else is in bed, if not asleep, and I am trying to sneak in a few minutes at the computer, wrestling some code from my fuzzy brain in an […]

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3D Drawings

3D Drawings

September 30, 2014

“Can we paint?” “yeah! can we paint!!??” It was an hour before dinner, I really didn’t want to get out the paints. I needed an activity that was more exciting than painting for the big kids, was doable for my four year, was quick to set up, and wouldn’t make a huge mess. For a moment I thought this was an impossible predicament, but then I remembered an activity that I did when I was […]

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Crazy Lump Cookies

Crazy Lump Cookies

September 29, 2014

It’s become a bit of a school holiday tradition – when Dad is on night shift, we hire some DVDs, make some crazy over the top, snack and settle in for a night of movie watching together. The last few movie nights we’ve made crazy gooey cookie bars, but these holidays we made something new. We made something new, crazy, and totally over the top sweet. We made crazy lump cookies! These crazy cookies are […]

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It's ok to make different choices.

It’s ok to make different choices.

September 25, 2014

I have a friend. This friend has three awesome kids. These three awesome kids are homeschooled. I have four awesome kids. My awesome kids are not homeschooled. My four awesome kids go (or will go, in the case of the little one) to our local primary school. My kids go to school, her kids do not. We choose conventional education for our kids, they chose unschooling. Does it matter? Does it mean that we can’t […]

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Monster Blow Painting

Monster Blow Painting

September 23, 2014

We first had a go at blow painting a long time ago, when my girls were still small, my big boy just a baby, and the baby not even born yet! When my kids were little, art was all about the process and not so much about the product, and blow painting was all about learning to blow not suck, and moving the paint around on the paper. Now that they are getting older, they […]

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Eat What You Grow - Spinach and Potato Slice

Eat What You Grow – Spinach and Potato Slice

September 22, 2014

We’ve got a lot of ‘green stuff’ growing in our garden at the moment. ‘Green stuff’ is the generic term used by my children to describe any green leafy vegetable. It could be spinach, kale, silverbeet (chard), pak choy – if it’s has lots of green leaves and it’s edible, it is ‘green stuff’. Despite giving it a fairly disparaging name, all my kids eat ‘green stuff’, which is a good thing as at this […]

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I've got a few questions for you...

I’ve got a few questions for you…

September 19, 2014

The other week I decided I wanted to ‘chat’ with you guys a little more often and I started the ball rolling with some questions about puberty, periods and parenting. Nothing like starting off with a fun topic hey?! Thanks so much to all of you who joined in the conversation, shared stories, offered wisdom or just related to the scariness of facing puberty as a parent. This week I’ve got some more questions to […]

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How Being Not Quite Perfect Makes you A Good Parent

How Being Not Quite Perfect Makes you A Good Parent

September 18, 2014

In a perfect world my house would be neat and clean, no one would leave shoes in the middle of the hall or wet towels on the couch. My children’s rooms would be tidy at all times and if House and Garden magazine knocked on my door asking to feature our home in an article about funky, eclectic family style I’d say ‘sure, come on in!’ In a perfect world I would set firm yet […]

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