Being woken at 5am to gale force winds, water cascading down the walls of your bathroom, water flowing in under the kitchen door, and ‘rain drops’ dripping from the corner of the kid’s room doesn’t make for a very fun start to the day. And things just went from bad to worse as the morning wore on. No electricity in parts of the house, which also means no running water. A school project to do in a week already full of extra activities. Two outfits to be purchased last minute for a violin concert and the baby’s birthday party to be cancelled. By lunch time I was on the verge of loosing it.
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I love it when my blog readers take the time to leave a comment, share their ideas and experiences or ask questions. A comment from my post about imaginative play encouraged me to write the post about adult influences on children’s play, and a comment on that post sparked this one. Bonna asked, “I was […]
As we’ve been packing up the study I’ve been finding boxes and folders of the big kids’ art that I’ve saved. I guess I thought that one day I’d do something with the piles of paintings and drawings and collages. The reality is that we don’t have the space to store all this art properly […]
My boys play with dolls because there is no such thing as ‘boys toys’ and ‘girls toys’, and while I shouldn’t have to explain that to anyone, it seems there are still some people who need to read this list of why playing with dolls is good for all children. “Mum…. that man said that […]
In the middle of the night I am awake. I glance at the clock; 1:36 am. The baby is crying and kicking about. I roll over and offer my breast, adding to the rod already firmly attached my back, and hope this will settle him back to sleep. It’s cold and he’s trying to do […]
A while back I had a very interesting comment on a post about imaginative play… Cathy from This Week With the Kids said… “…I have been writing a series on play on my blog, based on Stuart Brown’s book “play”, and put up a post this week on what innovative, creative and imaginative play is. […]
“Talk Less” It’s a simple suggestion, but it can be a powerful parenting tool. The number one bonus of talking less is that you also shout less, which is great if you are trying to stop yelling at your kids. And simply being aware of how much you talk and thinking about if it is […]
Our girls are seven and a half and they LOVE money. They are so incredibly motivated by the idea of getting money and spending money. They spend hours pouring over junk mail, discussing what they would spend their money on. They spend hours counting their cash and dreaming up ways to earn more. They argue […]