Posts from the category: Parenthood

When Work Takes You Away: Connecting From Afar

When Work Takes You Away: Staying Connected With Kids From Afar

When my two-year-old son sleepily said goodbye to his Daddy recently early one morning, I knew what he didn’t: Daddy was going away for a few weeks. Once Oliver realized I knew he’d be sad that Daddy wouldn’t be there to play with, to kiss his head when he bumps it, or put him to bed. Daddy also … [Read more...]

Tiny Moments: 10 Everyday Rituals that Mean a Lot to Kids

Connecting with Kids: 10 Everyday Rituals That Will Mean So Much To Your Kids

I often get caught up in the ‘big moments’ of parenting, putting so much energy into preparing good food, creating exciting adventures, planning holidays and going overboard on parties. These things matter, of course, and I daresay my kids are grateful for them  but what I have learned in my … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait Until They Leave Home: Staying Connected with Your Grown Child Starts Now

Don't Wait Until They Leave Home! Why Staying Connected With Grown Up Kids Starts Now

My son has lived away from home for a number of years as he studied for his degree. Soon, he will further his study in a different country. Our life as a family is changing, maturing.  Much as our relationship must change and mature. How have I kept, and how do I keep, connected with this … [Read more...]

7 Simple Tips for Connecting with Your Kids Even On Your Busiest Days

7 Simple Tips for Connecting with Your Kids Even On Your Busiest Days

Today I am excited to share with you the Heart Matters: Connecting With Kids series that will be running through January here at Childhood 101. Over the course of the month I have invited bloggers from around the globe to share their stories and suggestions for making connection happen. And what … [Read more...]

Parenting is Just Plain Messy

Family Life is Just Plain Messy!

This post is sponsored by Sard Wonder. I was unexpectedly admitted to hospital recently, requiring an ambulance ride, two operations in the space of three days and seven days away from our family. And while being in the hospital was far from fun and games, there was one day between my two … [Read more...]

5 Ways You’re Unnecessarily Adding Stress to School Day Mornings

5 Ways You're Possible Adding Unnecessary Stress to School Day Mornings - avoid school day stress by avoiding these 5 stressors!

This post is sponsored by ANZ School Ready. It’s been almost three years since I made a personal vow to take the stress out of our school morning routine and banned myself from saying (or more often, growling) the words, “Hurry up!” I cannot tell you what a difference it has made to our … [Read more...]

Everyday happiness. No big thing.

Finding your tiny moments of happy

“But Mummy doesn’t laugh.” I don't even remember the context of the conversation that my eight year old was having with her Dad when I overheard the words but they stung and they've been replaying themselves over and over in my head in the days since. It's not that I can't see her … [Read more...]

Let Them Go Barefoot and 6 Other “Rules” for Play

Let them go barefoot and 6 more 'rules' for play. Why free play is so important for children and the 7 rules parents need to let them have more of it

This post is sponsored by Omo. Climb a tree. Make mud pies. Build a fort. Invent a game that lasts for days. Play in the rain. Camp out on the trampoline. How many of these do you remember doing as a child? Now look at the list again any tell me, when was the last time your children had a … [Read more...]