Just when you think you’re a crap parent…

Just when you think you're aI’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?”

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Taking stock

taking stockThe 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.
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More things mums of boys will understand

More things mums of boys will understandI’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

How parenting prepares you for a job at the UN

Parenting and the UNWhen you become a parent, not only do you retain the set of skills, qualifications and experience you had before your kids came along, you also gain a whole new set.

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

Why you should never go shopping without your kids

Why mums should never go shopping without their kids (1)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