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How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

This year, huh? This #$%* year!!!!!!!! And we're not even located in Victoria. Oh Victorians, we feel for you. Let's hope it keeps on getting better for you, but in the meantime there are the school holidays and, let's face it, they are already a bust. How can kids...

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

You know the letter, the one that says your contract is about to expire and here are the new rates? The letter you place in a file or drop in a pile and ignore? It’s the letter that fills you with dread because you know that deep down (read: immediately) you should...

How to reboot your social life on your terms

How to reboot your social life on your terms

As restrictions ease across Australia and we all feel The Busy reentering our lives, it's worth considering how much you really need to reboot your social life. During these months of social distancing, some of us have rejoiced in our empty calendars. Others of us...

How to support learning from home when you’re working

How to support learning from home when you’re working

We've all been thrown well and truly in the deep end right now. How are we supposed to support learning from home when we are, in fact, working from home ourselves? We've been doing it for a few days now and day one I. was. done. So done. But I can't be done. And you...

How your family can survive lockdown without killing each other

How your family can survive lockdown without killing each other

Chances are you're in lockdown with the kids at home right now, or very soon will be. Confined to four walls and, if you're lucky, a garden. No excursions, no day trips, no 'phone a friend and get out of the house'. Just you, the family, and the walls slowly closing...

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

My first kid went back to school today, the other two are in tomorrow. Which reminds me - tomorrow is my new year's day for mums. Ignore the 1st January. It never works out for a mother. We try to be 'brand new' but there's no kidding ourselves: it's hard to turn over...

I stopped cleaning up after the kids and this is what happened

I stopped cleaning up after the kids and this is what happened

SPOILER ALERT:The picture above is not what happened. Sort of. I'm naturally a very untidy person, but I like neat. I learned long ago that in order to get neat, you have to do tidy. In fact, you have to do tidy again and again and again, over and over, every single...

33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

Aaaaaaargh! Can you hear me screaming in frustration after being interrupted or the eleventy-billionth time this morning? I can't blame the kids - it's just as frustrating for them to be at home while I'm working from home. I get stabby. Hence these work from home mum...

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

I think our youngest had just-turned two when we first started holding family meetings. She thought it was great sport. The "older" kids (who were four and six at the time), took it very seriously indeed, which made family meetings great sport for us parents too. The...

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

The temptation to do absolutely nothing on Sundays is strong, I know. So instead of 'Sunday habits' you may wish to call these Saturday habits. Or even Monday habits, if you're prepared to get up nice and early on Mondays, which I am not. For me, they have always been...

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11 group gift ideas for teachers that are fabulous

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If you're looking for group gift ideas for teachers, it means only one thing: you drew the 'class parent' short straw and have been fielding emails about whether it's a mufti day tomorrow all year. I feel your pain. For some reason, I am a chronic over-volunteerer and...

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