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30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

AskReddit is often a good read for vox-pop type discussions. Someone asks a question and everyone opens up. I recently came across a thread about what people wish their parents had done differently. There is so much parenting gold in there. Here are the highlights....

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...

14 easy-going dishes to make for Easter lunch

14 easy-going dishes to make for Easter lunch

I've unexpectedly found myself hosting Easter lunch this year. I'm in no way, shape or form religious, so I have no expectations of what one should or shouldn't serve at Easter lunch. (If you are, please do share what you serve in the comments!) I imagine in the...

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

We love parties. Love them. Love them, love them, love them. Over the years we've held many fun parties that make birthdays speical, but the kids are older now. Most of the kids we know are celebrating their birthday with a few friends, pizza, some video games (boys)...

21 meals to make with a supermarket chook

21 meals to make with a supermarket chook

You can't go past supermarket chicken recipes for super-swift mid-week meals. The easiest one we know is, of course, this one: buy chook, make salad, serve. Dinner takes all of five minutes, excluding chicken-buying time. Sometimes we get a bit tired of the chicken...

16 powerful TED talks for parenting teens

16 powerful TED talks for parenting teens

I've watched 100s of inspiring TED Talks and I've chosen these ones as being the best TED Talks for parenting teens. It is so, so easy to lose our way when the kids are teens. We are pulled between our own core values and what we perceive to be society's values; both...

21+ healthy lunchbox snacks to bake or buy

21+ healthy lunchbox snacks to bake or buy

Those bloody lunchboxes, am I right!? I used to bemoan having to do the lunchbox packing when the kids were younger. Weirdly, it's even harder now the kids pack their own. It means having a bunch of tempting lunchbox snacks around, so the kids aren't packing chips...

21+ things to know about starting high school

21+ things to know about starting high school

When your kid is starting high school, it's almost as daunting as when they started 'big school'. Because, let's face it, high school is the real big school. Starting high school is the beginning of both the end and the beginning. Yup, it's a very confusing time. My...

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

Many kids love books from the moment they are taught to read, but other kids are very reluctant readers indeed. Sure, they get the hang of their ABCs and can plow through an early reader with the best of them. But reluctant readers just never seem to make the switch...

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