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It’s time to banish ‘mum guilt’ once and for all

It’s time to banish ‘mum guilt’ once and for all

Confession time: I'm over the whole 'mum guilt' thing. Yes, mothering is a b*tch of a thing because we love those little terrors so deeply and utterly that we want everything to be absolutely perfect for them. We often sacrifice our own happiness to make that happen...

“I can’t tell my friend that her kid is smoking weed”

“I can’t tell my friend that her kid is smoking weed”

A lot of my daughter's friends are using weed. I know this for a fact because I've let the kids smoke at our place when we weren't there. I figured I would rather they were safe in our backyard than bonging on in some park somewhere. If a kid is smoking weed, it's...

6 ways I’ve changed how I’m parenting the teen years

6 ways I’ve changed how I’m parenting the teen years

Whenever I mention that I have three highschoolers I'm bound to hear, "OMG, you are braaaaave!". People used to say it in exactly the same way when I told them I had three kids under five. It seems that having your kids close together instantly makes you 'brave' and...

My new parenting mantra: focus on the process

My new parenting mantra: focus on the process

In an effort to get healthier and stop feeling old (yes, it has come to this), I've been reading a lot about health and wellbeing. I'm newly obsessed with websites like Outside, The Growth Equation and Trained.  Will this turn me into a late-onset athlete? Will...

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...

To raise well-adjusted kids, two words are all you need

To raise well-adjusted kids, two words are all you need

Forgive me the clicky headline, but this is important. I'll confess upfront that two words are probably not all you need to raise well-adjusted kids. You also need bucket loads of patience and a Teflon-like ego. Even well-adjusted kids are a handful. However, there...

How to stop worrying about what other people think

How to stop worrying about what other people think

There's a theme that keeps coming up the more I talk to my fellow mums about parenting: we worry way too much about being judged. In fact, while we talk a lot about mums of newborns feeling judged, worrying about what other people think seems to become more of a...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

"Happy children are all alike; every unhappy child is unhappy in its own way." With respect to Mr Tolstoy, I can't think of a better way to summarise why it's so hard parenting a special-needs kid. In my case, it's a kid with anxiety, but anxiety looks...

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125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

125 (not even remotely boring) things for tweens to do at home

It's the hooooolidays. Hello holidays! Cue head scratching to figure out some good things for tweens to do at home! I work from home which is a holiday blessing and a curse. A blessing because hello kids and a curse because hello kids. My kids are older now and...

Make the most of school holidays at home

Make the most of school holidays at home

I’ve seen a lot of articles around about ‘staying sane during school holidays at home' and I get it, I really, truly do. The holidays at home are hard work because they force us away from the everyday family routine that makes life easier for us. Holidays then have...

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

Photo nature hunt poem for curious kids

It’s no secret that we love a scavenger hunt around here. Variously called scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, nature walks and trail challenges, we love ’em all. This is a super simple nature hunt. A here-we-are-on-a-lazy-holiday-morning kind of one. The kind you can...

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