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Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

We recently started a family playlist that we add to every other week. The idea of making a family playlist started as a way to fill up a few Friday nights during lockdown, but turned out to be something far more special. Everyone in our family (including my husband...

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...

The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

I took some time off while lockdown was in place. It wasn't even intentional, it just sort of happened. When the kids' school and activities were all cancelled, life moved into a new normal - a slow, steady rhythm that I loved. I found myself doing less and less of...

How to make easy damper on a stick

How to make easy damper on a stick

In the wintertime we love setting friendly fires in our outside fire pit, which we built out of old bricks and creek pebbles. Cooking damper on a stick is a cold month institution at our place. We gather wood from the bush around our house all autumn long, getting...

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

"My daughter never comes out of her room!" writes a Mumlyfe mum. "I have tried everything to engage her in family life, but nothing is working. It's even worse now that we are all on lockdown. I thought this period might help our family come together, but that has not...

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

A good picnic can last the whole day and a DIY squares game board can help you make it perfect. Good food in the sunshine, a game of squares and a little siesta on the picnic blanket when it all gets too much. That’s the fantasy at least! Quiet pursuits for the kids...

Sibling rivalry: Why kids fight all the time + what to do about it

Sibling rivalry: Why kids fight all the time + what to do about it

Sibling rivalry is probably the thing doing my head in most right now. When my kids like each other, you've never met better friends, but it rarely lasts. Before you know it, they are back to bickering and squabbling and generally doing everything they can to make...

How your family can survive self-isolation without killing each other

How your family can survive self-isolation without killing each other

Chances are you're in self-isolation 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...

How to play the game of Fly

How to play the game of Fly

Last week I casually mentioned that my kids were outside playing the game of Fly and was totally surprised to learn that many people had never heard of this old-school game. I spent a good part of my childhood playing the classic game of Fly with my sisters. Before we...

Try Peaceful Parenting to help calm the farm

Try Peaceful Parenting to help calm the farm

There is no such thing as stress-free parenting. Peaceful parenting isn’t a place with no stress, but a place where you take the stress as it comes, in stride, and don’t let it rule you. You let it flow through you, and then smile, and breathe, and give your child a...

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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 make yummy porridge

How to make yummy porridge

While these days I'm a total expert in how to make porridge (so do read on 😊), breakfast and I have never been friendly. During school, I was the kid who sprinkled a little bit of Weetbix into a cereal bowl, swished around a splash of milk and left the lot in...

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