When Mum is Sick…

When Mum is sick things go a bit pear shaped... but we mums need to give ourselves time to rest occasionally.

When Mum is sick screen time limits are non-existent. When Mum is sick a jar of olives counts as a green vegetable. When Mum is sick clean socks are optional. When Mum is sick a colony of mice could take up residence in the piles of laundry and feed themselves from the crumbs on the […]

Dealing With Sibling Struggles

Dealing with sibling struggles - ideas from a parent who is dealing with it and links to more information.

My four kids generally get along pretty well, most of the time… but sometimes it’s more of a love/hate relationship in our family – one minute they are best buddies, the next they are a screaming, flailing, mess of ‘she said’ and ‘he did’ and ‘I hate you’. Siblings usually spend a lot of time […]

Simple Parenting Tips

Simple tips and ideas for being a better parent.

This week’s simple tips are going to help us with the hardest job we’ve ever had – parenting. Being a parent is the most amazing thing I have ever done, it is magical, wonderful, and it has made me a better person all round. Being a parent also breaks my heart, it makes me question […]

Enjoy Your Distractions

Enjoy your distractions while you still have them!

I was going to write a post about independent play today, or perhaps share my thoughts on helicopter parenting… But the words won’t come out right. My thoughts are all jumbled. I can’t think straight. I am distracted… I am distracted by my big boy cooking himself an omelet. I am distracted by a line […]

Ten Things I Wish I Knew When my Kids Were Small.

These are things I wish I knew when my kids were small, most of them are unimportant but a couple of them are pure gold!

I was talking with a friend the other day who’s first baby is almost one. She was exhausted and overwhelmed, and wondering why anyone would be crazy enough have more than one child! I laughed and explained that I had never had only one baby, so I had no idea what I was talking about… […]

Things I Want my Boy to Know.

Ten things I want my boy to know as he grows up.

He is my ‘big boy’. He is my ‘middle child’. He is eight today. Eight. Eight seems so in between… so grown up yet so little. This past year has seen so many things change, and so many things stay the same. I walk on egg shells often, not wanting to break the spell of […]

Ten Kid-Friendly Songs to Get you Grooving!

Ten kid-friendly songs to get you groovey and banish the late afternoon slump!

The big girls are arguing, the boys have decided that throwing their clean socks at each other is a good idea, there are piles of unfolded washing all around the house, I have lost that very important form, and I forgot to defrost dinner. It’s late afternoon and I’m hitting the slump. When the kids […]