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A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

This quick guide to organise daily family life is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. The overwhelm of daily family life comes swift and mercilessly. One minute we feel like we've got this, the next we...

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

It's like kids put on roller skates the minute they turn seven. One minute they're calling us Mummy and telling us long-winded stories while we snuggle; next we blink and they're calling us Life Wrecker and grunting at us through walls. The more they grow, the more...

A quick guide to developing good daily habits for kids

A quick guide to developing good daily habits for kids

More and more I'm convinced that  instilling good daily habits for kids is the key to a good life - for the child in the future, and their parents right now.  As Annie Dillard is famous for saying, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our...

A quick guide to managing tantrums in older kids

A quick guide to managing tantrums in older kids

This quick guide to managing tantrums is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. It felt weird at first to call an article "managing tantrums" on a parenting site for older kids. But if the way my...

A quick guide to raising tidy kids (as much as is possible anyway)

A quick guide to raising tidy kids (as much as is possible anyway)

This quick guide to raising tidy kids is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. I reckon parenting would be 99% easier if I was raising tidy kids. Tidy kids would make everything so much better. Don’t you...

A quick guide to organise family clutter (and keep it gone)

A quick guide to organise family clutter (and keep it gone)

This quick guide to organise family clutter is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. Clutter scratches at my mind. I’m not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but without clear...

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