Our toddler has started a wonderful phase that I call Jekyll and Hyde syndrome. He can be full of smiles and laughter one moment, and the next, he hates everything and just runs around the house yelling. Delightful, really. Continue reading
I’m going to be honest. Parenting has felt difficult recently. The kids just don’t listen, everyone seems tired, and some days, I think I might as well be invisible. I was talking to my seven year old the other day, when while he was looking at me, he said, “pardon, are you talking to me?”
At least he didn’t say, “what?”
I felt like banging my head against the wall. Continue reading
Parents are always busy. Always. It doesn’t matter if you have one child or five, there are always things to do. If you’re a working parent, it just goes up to another level of busyness. So how do you get
shit stuff done? I see it as you have two options.
1. You lower your standards and expectations.
2. You outsource.
Our family loves books. Books have been a feature in our kids’ daily lives and routines since they were born. Our boys have some firm favourites when it comes to story time, so here’s a round up of them – perfect if you’re looking for ideas for a birthday present or a new book to look for at your local library (and you’ll enjoy reading them too!) Continue reading
The year is flying by. The leaves on the trees are changing colour here and I’m looking forward to the cooler weather. The last month or so has been full-on, so it felt like the perfect time to take stock again and practice a little gratitude.
Making: plans to get around to finish painting the boys’ rooms. Keep procrastinating though, painting ceilings is horrible.
Cooking: pasta. Comfort food for cooler weather.
Drinking: shiraz – perfect weather for a glass of red in the evening, and peppermint tea during the day.
Reading: a good old chick-lit paper back, and a fascinating, if not rather heavy, history of the creation of the NSA and GCHQ. Polar opposites, I know.
Wanting: to sleep, and read Big Magic.
Imagine having to choose between buying food for yourself and your family, or buying sanitary products. Most of us, I imagine, do not have to make this choice and are able to purchase or access both. Unfortunately, some women can’t. Continue reading
I’m a mum of boys, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Even when random strangers imply that I’m apparently missing out on a great parenting experience by only having sons, and no daughter.
So far, my boys have taught me that farts are apparently, hilarious. Often so funny, that when one of them farts, the other laughs so hard, he almost falls off his chair. Continue reading
Most parents could easily qualify for a job at the United Nations, or any large organisation that deals with various governments, large departments or handles crises on a regular basis. Here’s why. Continue reading
Friday nights – the end of a work week. The chance to kick up your heels, enjoy a
bottle few glasses of wine and forget about responsibility for a bit. Unless you have kids, then it looks slightly different. Continue reading
I learned something new today: I should not go shopping without my kids. Why? Because kids keep you focused. Kids are the perfect excuse to dodge and avoid the stalls in the middle of the shopping centre. The pop-up booths where they lunge at you as you walk past and thrust flyers into your hand, or try and rub strange smelling hand cream on you. Continue reading