Easy Ways to Connect With Older Kids

Parenting 7-12 year olds - Easy Ways to Connect With Older Kids.

“Research shows that we need at least five positive interactions to each negative interaction to maintain a healthy, happy relationship that can weather the normal conflicts and upsets of daily life.” – Aha Parenting So much of positive guidance and parenting is grounded in having a strong positive connection with our kids, so this simple […]

Just Keep Going

Just keep going... because these days will pass, soon you will be out from under the blanket of overwhelm and you'll be able to see all the goodness around you without even trying.

One foot in front of the other. Just keep going. Just keep trudging on, through the mundane, and the relentless, through the annoying and the horrible… just keep going. Drop your phone in a toilet full of wee? Just keep going. Get crappy news from a friend? Cry and then keep going. Dentist appointments? Just […]

Six Reasons to Take Your Kids Grocery Shopping

Six reasons you should take your kids grocery shopping...

“… And avoid taking your kids to the supermarket, no matter what! … ” My twins were only a few weeks old when I got this gem of parenting advice, and, at the time I thought it was pretty spot on. Even the idea of taking twin babies to the supermarket scared me, I was […]

How to Take a Day Off Parenting… well almost.

Take a day off parenting... well almost! Here are my top tips for going on strike and taking a partial day off!

If you are a stay at home parent you can’t just ‘chuck a sickie’ or take an RDO when you are feeling crappy or overwhelmed. Having an actual day off from parenting usually requires so many hours of preparation and organising that you wonder if it is worth it! It is worth it, if you […]

Relentlessness

Does the relentlessness of parenting get you down sometimes? You are not alone.

It was already late when I dragged myself out of bed this morning. I was tired, it was cold, but there was this moment of stillness and quiet before I walked down the hall to get the big kids out of bed. I should have relished that moment more than I did… And then the […]

How to Make Bedtime Easier for Everyone

Ten ways to make bedtime easier for everyone...

Our kids are aged 11, 11, 7 and 4. They all share bedrooms -the girls together and the boys together. My husband works shifts, so often I am negotiating the dinner, bath and bedtime routine on my own. Often I am trying to clean up from dinner, listen to readers, brush teeth, read bedtime stories, […]

Helping Kids Learn Compassion.

Helping kids learn compassion

“He’s always getting in trouble! He does stupid things and makes our teacher cranky, then the rest of us get into trouble when it isn’t out fault! It’s not fair.” It’s easy to regard others by the label they have already been given. The ‘trouble maker’ who had always struggled to tow the line at […]

Eight Ways Kids say ‘Mum’ and What they Really Mean.

8 Ways kids say 'Mum' (or 'Mom') and what they really mean!

One simple word – ‘mum’ (Or ‘mom’ if you live on the other side of the world) I am constantly amazed by how my children can take that one word and say it in so many different ways, giving it so many different meanings. I am even more amazed that I can decipher exactly what […]