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Happy Mothers Day Moment

Happy Mothers Day Moment
Mothers' Day is approaching again, and thanks to years of non-verbal abuse, my husband finally gets the message that Mothers' Day lasts from the moment I wake up (naturally) to the moment he puts the children to bed! Image source I have always said no to gifts, unless they're hand-made, preferring a child's card and a day of loving care, to a pair of K-mart slippers (which is apparently on…

Children – A Proprietary Interest?

Children – A Proprietary Interest?
There is a common misconception that parents have ownership rights when it comes to their children. Few people will be able to forget that ominous day in 2009 when little, blonde-haired Darcey Freeman was thrown from Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge by her father, in what was said to be an act of vengeance against Darcey’s mother. Similarly, who could clear their mind of the tragedy that…

Motherhood in the Movies

Motherhood in the Movies
We go to the movies to escape – but if movie are supposed to reflect reality we're in serious trouble, because motherhood in the movies is always extreme and never realistic. Stop me if this has happened to you: After a struggle that dwarfs the Normandy Invasion for logistics and complexity, you have somehow secured the services of the one non-insane local teenager to babysit, hacked into your…

Judgmental Mums

Judgmental Mums
Image Source I once found myself in tears over another mother's words. But for very good reason. I was attending a 'Circle of Security' parenting group with four other mothers. The group was being run by both a social worker and psychologist. The purpose of the group was to help us uncover reasons as to why our children were struggling with their behaviour and how we could help them manage…

Throwing a Birthday Party on a Budget

Throwing a Birthday Party on a Budget
When your child's birthday rolls around each year you want to go all-out on the festivities. Businesses in the party industry make it so easy too, with many companies providing a one-stop shop for parents to buy all the needed ingredients for an event in one handy location. However, while it's certainly tempting to just grab what you need and go tick off your checklist, convenience tends to come…

Toilet seat up or down?

Toilet seat up or down?
This is a common argument that has been going on for generations. He leaves the seat up and she want the seat down. Who gets their way and how do we prevent the problem. I have always insisted on the lid remaining down. The reason is health and hygiene. It is documented and it is important. In an article published in 2012, Scientists at Leeds University tested the air above…

3 Ways to Hide Vegetables in Your Childs Lunchbox

 3 Ways to Hide Vegetables in Your Childs Lunchbox
There is some evidence that school children who have a full and wholesome morning tea/play lunch (or an early lunch) concentrate better and are more settled in class. To learn more about how some schools are moving to an early lunch schedule, read this. Even if you don’t think your children need an early lunch, providing a wholesome morning tea can never do harm. Here are three snack recipes…

Tips to have fun with the family, without technology

Tips to have fun with the family, without technology
In our house, we have just about every Apple product imaginable. iPod's, iPad's, iPhone's, iTunes,iMovie, iMac, MacBook Pro and multiples of a few of these. We are definitely a technology house!Even the school our children attend have a BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) day or two eachweek, where children as young as 5 can take devices into the classroom and collaborate with peerson these devices.…

Best Child Friendly Apps

Best Child Friendly Apps
My kids just love travelling in the car. You can hear my sarcasm, right? We tried everything. Bribery, lollies (sugar = A BAD IDEA), books, colouring in, those cheap games where they loose all the little bits and finally the good ol’ back-of-the-seat-rest in car DVD player. Finally, the DVD player worked. Until both parents have heard Elmo count how many times a Hippo can jump on a pogo stick…

Teaching Kids Responsibility and Independence

Teaching Kids Responsibility and Independence
Image Source My five year old can never find his shoes. Or his hat, his water bottle, his bag or his jacket. To be honest with you, I'm actually surprised he can find his way out of his bedroom in the mornings, although it won't surprise you to hear that he has no problems finding the TV or his brother's nose with his fist. I used to think that the answer lay with me. 'If I was a good mother'…