Posts from the category: Parenthood

8 Reasons to Listen to Your Child

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I admit that I am a pretty bad ordinary listener. You see by nature I am a talker and a fixer. Tell me a problem and I want to talk it through and find the best answer for with you. It's just how I am. Lately however I have had to work on stifling my first reaction - to talk and solve - and learn … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Encouraging Kids to Use Their Words

Use Your Words

We have a couple of routinely heard phrases in our house that on the surface might seem just too simple to actually work but I love it when parenting is simple and with time, support, love and consistency, simple things can work well with kids. What are these phrases you might ask? Well, they are … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Be Prepared

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Being prepared

Whether it's vacation time, the daily witching hour or just anytime that you are feeling frustrated with cranky, whingy or bored kids, having a few tried and tested play ideas up your sleeve can work really well to help break the tension - redirecting your children with some purposeful play and … [Read more...]

5 Ways Mums With Young Kids Can Volunteer

Volunteer Week

This is a sponsored post. I was excited to receive a notice home from Immy’s school recently asking for assistance preparing costumes for this year’s performing arts production. As a year one student Immy is too young to be involved with the production but it was nice that the invitation to … [Read more...]

Celebrating Motherhood

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This post is sponsored by BIG W. Motherhood. Isn’t it funny how one word can mean so many different things to different people, with our own personal definition shaped by our own experiences – of being mothered and, for many, of being a mother. I recently asked some of my fabulous blogging mum … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: The Cause to Pause

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: The Cause to Pause

"But I haven't finished talking!" "You never listen to what I am saying!" A few months ago I was hearing these two phrases (and others like) it much too regularly from Immy (who has just turned six). It would often be in response to my request for her to do something, with her trying to enter … [Read more...]

Parenting Tweens: What is a Tween?

Parenting Tweens: A new series from Kate Fairlie of Picklebums at Childhood 101

This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. 'Tweens' The word grates when I attempt to say it out loud. I feel like I am living in a bad sitcom every time I hear it, but it seems to be the most accurate term to describe my oldest kids right now. They are ten (twins) and … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Develop an Escape Plan

Parent Smarter, Not Harder with an Escape Play via Childhood 101

This is the second post in the Parent Smarter, Not Harder series. A little about the series - I don’t claim to be any sort of parenting expert. Far from it. I am is a mum and an early childhood teacher who has worked with lots of families over many years. I read a lot. I try things out. Some things … [Read more...]