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 […]

Six Things About Parenting That Make Me Laugh.

6 Things About Parenting that Make me Laigh - It can be easy to miss the humour of parenting. Sometimes it gets lots under the piles of laundry, and the notes from school, but you need to dig out from under the hard stuff, but it's worth it.

Parenting is hard. It will stretch you to your limits and then some. It is messy, and exhausting, and heartbreaking. It is also beautiful, and loving, and hard… really really hard. Parenting can make you yell, and scream, and cry, but it can also makes you laugh. Among all the tears and exhaustion, all the […]

Little Things That Make it Worthwhile…

Sometimes it is the little things that make it all worthwhile

The smile on her face when she nails the cartwheel. Spending a Sunday around a backyard campfire. Toasted marshmallows. The deep pink of our home grown rhubarb. The light on at 11pm as he devours the first Harry Potter book. A dinner that everyone eats. Learning his name. Winter sunshine. Talking with friends who share […]

It’s Ok… except when it’s not.

It's ok... except when it's not. Mothering through hard moments.

“It’s ok…” I want to say it so badly. It is right there on the tip of my tongue… “It’s ok…” It’s the first thing that seems to slip out of my mouth every time we face one of these moments. It’s a habit, but it’s a bad one. I choke it back and try […]

Just for a day, put your kids first.

Lets do an experiment - Just for a day, put your kids before everything else.

Lets do an experiment. Just for a day, put your kids before everything else. Chose your kids before a clean house, before deadlines, before phone calls. Choose them. Put them first Say yes. Be there. I don’t mean that you should spend every second focused on your kids, or that you should plan lavish events, […]

How to Spend One on One Time With Your Kids

How to spend one on one time with your kids when you don't have any time!

‘One on one time’ – spending individual time with just one child, making time to connect, giving them personal attention, filling their cup – this is one of my best parenting tools, and one I find myself turning to again and again as my kids get older. When one of my kids is out of […]

Dealing with Night Terrors.

Dealing with night terrors - how to know your child is having one, possible triggers and remedies to try

“How do you deal with night terrors?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I actually have a lot of experience with. Two out of my three big kids have had night terrors in the past, and it looks like my small one is prone to them too. I remember my first […]

There are More Ways to Communicate Than Just Talking.

There are more ways to communicate with our kids than just talking.

As my children grow up I am constantly reminded of how important communication is. Communicating with my kids helps me teach them and learn from them. It helps me to know what is going on in their lives and to share what is going on in mine. It helps us stay connected. Talking with my […]