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7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

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...

Help your kids learn to solve their own problems

Help your kids learn to solve their own problems

When kids have good problem solving skills, they're less likely to get stressed and feel overwhelmed by life. Problem solving is a coping strategy. We can learn to cope with life's challenges by thinking about them as problems that generally have solutions.  Then...

3 things learning to surrender has taught me

3 things learning to surrender has taught me

It's true, I don't do new year's resolutions. Instead, each year I choose One Word that I aim to focus on in the year ahead. In 2018 my word was 'surrender' and it was the perfect word for me in a year that involved starting a second business (hello Mumlyfe!),...

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

Change is an expected part of modern life and the ability to cope with it an important aspect of good mental health. Helping our kids build resilience is an important part of parenting them. Sometimes the word “resilient” is a bit misleading, however. True...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

Every time I see my two young nieces, I’m reminded of what perfect, untouched little souls they are. They’re so lucky to have been born in a country where girls do have the opportunity (theoretically) to do whatever they aspire to. Brought to you by Stockspot As an...

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say that I've got parenting regrets. There are so many, many things I wish I'd done differently. Of course, coulda woulda shoulda. Brought to you by Stockspot. I try not to dwell on my parenting regrets, but the fact is, there are...

10 ways to deal with back talk without going full Hulk mum

10 ways to deal with back talk without going full Hulk mum

Last weekend my son argued with me when I brought up the fact that he always argues with me. OMG, the back talk! They will argue about anything, won't they? I am so. so. so. sick. of. the. arguing. It makes me turn from Dr Banner into the Incredible Hulk in about 45...

50+ jobs for teens that will benefit them for life

50+ jobs for teens that will benefit them for life

My eldest wants to work (he might not realise this yet), so we've been looking at jobs for teens. What's available and what's suitable. One thing we learned was that the minimum age for working wasn't 14 and three quarters, like we thought. There's actually no minimum...

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16 quick dinners to take the stress out of your evenings

16 quick dinners to take the stress out of your evenings

Can you feel life ramping back up? All it took for us was school and soccer training being back on. Now we're busy every morning and three nights a week too. Sigh. This is when nutritious, quick dinners are my weapon of choice to fight back against the busy. I'm not...

TikTok and please stop

TikTok and please stop

My daughter can't stop doing TikTok moves. From breakfast until bedtime, she's on the move. Little sequences from Renegade, Say So, and Number One Baby. We've renamed it 'tic tok' because I swear it looks like she's got some strange physical tics. All the twitching...

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...

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