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Peculiar Expectations on My Kids

My Peculiar Expectations If you are reading this, I know you are constantly striving to do your best as a parent (or grandparent, interested aunt, uncle or friend). I know I am! The trouble is that a lot of how we parent is not consciously taught. We haven’t decided to parent in a certain way because of a particular book

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3 of the Most Disconcerting Things Kids Say

The Case of the Missing ‘L’ I now have a few ‘embarrassing incidents at the supermarket’ stories. Dylan contributed with his loud observation asking, “why has that man got many chins?”. Now Eloise has chimed in with her booming request to use the scales in the fruit and vegetable department. Except that she thinks the scales are a clock. And

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Rethinking the Toothfairy

Tooth Milestone Last week a major developmental milestone occurred – Dylan lost his first baby tooth. Yes, a tiny (and I am talking cucumber seed infinitesimal) tooth became very wriggly and finally came out at the end of school lunchtime on an otherwise quiet Wednesday. On pick up, Dylan bounded up, keen to show me the rather large space left

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3 Important Things My Kids Have Taught Me

Birthday Central Our beautiful tiny humans, Dylan and Eloise have just turned six and three years old, respectively. Born exactly three years and three days apart, it makes for a busy but fun time of the year. Becoming a mama has changed the whole course of my life and has been the most challenging and magnificent thing I have ever

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Please Don’t Give My Kids Birthday Presents

Mama Plea You – yes, you. And you. And you. Birthday party invitees, school friend’s parents, the general population. Everyone who reads this who is not a close family member or part of a very small circle of friends (you know who you are) …this is my plea to you: Please don’t give my kids birthday presents. There I have

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Parenting is NEVER Boring

  The Three D’s I love it when my children are tucked up in bed fast asleep. They look so peaceful, so beautiful, so scrumptiously soft and warm. And there is added bonus that in their current state they are unlikely to climb up the pantry shelves to the cookies, inexplicably demand breakfast in another bowl or get dressed in

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Three Realizations About Mama Worry

Typical Mama When I was going through my pregnancies, I worried about tons of things including ending up with an emergency C-section and stretch marks. Then when my kids were little babies I worried another stack of things like reading to them enough and their sleep routine falling apart. I am huge worrier from way back and that coupled with my

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Does Parenting Ever Get Easier?

Tools Down I would really like to know: does parenting ever get easier? I skimmed through a couple of my favorite parenting books again this month trying to glean some nuggets of wisdom. This was due to some poor behavior exhibited, mainly from my kids, and occasionally from me. I don’t know what has brought the poor behavior on or

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Tough Questions at Christmas

Pants on Fire “I think you are lying, Mummy”. My five year old, Dylan, looks me straight in the eye and waits for me to deny his accusation. I go politician on him and ask a sideways question: “Oh, what exactly am I lying about?” “You don’t really know Santa’s phone number do you?” Oh Dylan, you don’t know the