Taking some time to just hang out and do nothing these holidays has meant I’ve had time to notice all the good things in my life. Good things that are forgotten in the blur of busy days. Good things that are forgotten when things get tough. Good things like… Splashing around in the paddling pool […]
Parenting and Family.
Being a parent is wonderful, but sometimes it’s also just plain hard!
These parenting tips and ideas can help you find ways to make life with kids a little easier, and the real life stories from parents just like you might make you feel a little less alone.
“You must set the tone in your home” That is how the very wise Carrie at Parenting Passageway puts it…. but it’s only recently sunk in that she is talking about something I’ve been skirting around the edges of for a while now…. When my kids are whingey and grumpy and don’t want to pack […]
Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough of me to go around. Right from the day when I saw two blobs on the ultrasound screen and heard those fateful words – “Definitely two babies” – I knew that there would be times when I just couldn’t give both children what they needed right when […]
For a long time I’ve held the view that TV is not great for kids. I still hold that view, but lately I’ve been reassessing how TV works in our family. The nick name ‘idiot box’ well describes how I feel TV and kids generally get along. You plonk a child in front of the […]
The day started with a lively conversation about mummified vaginas, after the three year old insisted that his father open a tin of smoked mussels for breakfast. Later, as I got the baby out of the car, he managed to vomit with such force that it shot over my shoulder and splattered down the drivers […]
You’d think I’d know this from past experience. Not just because I’ve been here before as a parent, but also because this used to be my job. People used to pay me to wrangle three year olds for 8.5 hours every day. Three year olds are tiring. Three year olds are hard. Three year olds […]
For a little while they have stopped fighting. They are united by the simple pleasure of creating a mess so spectacular that it will drive their mother insane. I know that there is mess making afoot. I can tell it will be momentous just by the sound of it. But I ignore it. The mess […]
In celebration and recognition of World Breastfeeding Week I am going to talk about my boobs today…. You would think that since I managed to breastfeed twins for over two years that I had this whole breastfeeding gig totally sorted…. but you’d be wrong. The girls born way too early to breastfeed. They were too […]