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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...

How to still be a family after separation or divorce

How to still be a family after separation or divorce

First, let me just say that being a family after separation is in no way easy or even achievable for many. Splitting up a marriage is basically pants, any way you look at it. I’m writing these ways to still be a family after separation assuming that your situation is...

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

Are you like me - a discarded parent looking for ideas on how to bond with your teen? Sometimes we can go a full week without so much as a good morning from our self-absorbed teenagers. When I asked Mumlyfe readers what they most needed advice on when raising older...

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Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

I’m going to miss lockdown in lots of unexpected ways

I’m going to miss lockdown in lots of unexpected ways

Like so many of us, I'm beyond ready for lockdown to be over. Businesses need to be able to business again. Jobs are needed, space is needed. Many people are desperately lonely and need to get the $%#! out of their homes. Like them, I'm yearning to travel across town...

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