organising family life

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...

Self-isolation at home when home doesn’t feel safe

Self-isolation at home when home doesn’t feel safe

"I’m reading all the posts about social distancing and isolating with our ‘happy’ families. But what if the family is not so happy?" asks one of our Mumlyfe readers. What if you are forced into self-isolation at home when home doesn't feel safe? "Just going through a...

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 help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

How to help kids with homework (without doing it for them)

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent involvement in their child’s learning can help improve how well they do in school. However, when it comes to knowing how to help kids with homework, it’s not so simple. By Melissa Barnes, Monash...

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...

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...

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

Before the tiny folder Marie Kondo came on the scene, there was Leo Babauta's  simplicity and decluttering tips. He's passionate about sharing decluttering tips and way back in 2008 he shared this post on his blog Zen Habits. This is how you start...

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

After every school day there's a sprint to the school gate as kids race to attend extracurricular activities. Most kids, most families, are committed to some kind of after school activity on most days of the week. The things is, there are so many brilliant...

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Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

This vegie ricotta muffins recipe is from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan is fantastic to have on hand. Make a double batch and freeze them for complete convenience. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of...

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

“I need your best right now”: How to ask kids to step up

These here are troubled times and many of us have some very troubled kids on our hands. It's hard to shield them from the COVID-19 news, and as the kids get older we need to ask ourselves if it's even wise to.  "COVID-19 is contagious ... and so is mood," says...

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

The kids doing school from home is going to kill me

Day one. Day, f'ing ONE. I am no longer worried about coronavirus coming for my kids. I am coming for them myself. Look, tomorrow I will rally and get a grip and do all the things I know I need to do to making our at-home school thrive. Tomorrow. Today I just want to...

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