7 On Sunday: Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Questioning & More

7 on Sunday Great Parenting Reads: Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Questioning & More

How has your week been? Who can believe it's March already! Though our week was one of those flash-in-the-pan type ones, where the daily routine just seems to carry you through and the day (hey, even the week!) is over before you know it. I hope yours has been free of illness and unnecessary drama! … [Read more...]

This Game of Parenting Tag

This Game of Parenting Tag. Because sometimes busy family life makes parenting feel like a game of tag.

That oh so familiar voice greets me with a reminder to leave a message after the beep but instead I hang up. He'll see that I've called and there is no time for wasting as I rush to plait one child's hair while helping the other into her school shoes. We've been playing a whole lot of telephone tag … [Read more...]

Heart hurts.

The Heartache of Hand Me Downs

The heartbreak of hand-me-downs. I know, it's silly, right? The feels, all the feels, they overwhelm me for just a moment. The what-ifs sweep through my mind. Followed closely by, "Just stop already, slow down!" My eyes well. As much as I know my days as the mama of newborn babies are over, I … [Read more...]

The Thing About Parenting

The Thing About Parenting

I remember talking with a friend who had just had her third baby about this bizarre journey of parenting that we're both on. We were mulling over the realities of life as a parent, and indeed how much our lives had changed, as we sipped on McCoffees and made use of the free playground... as you do. … [Read more...]

Why I Am Not Striving To Be A Perfect Parent

Why I Am Not Striving To Be A Perfect Parent But I Will Be A Better One

I want to be more patient with my kids. I need to lose weight. I have to get more organised. As much as this time of year is about good intentions and setting goals for the journey into the new year, it can also feel  just a wee bit discouraging to focus on all of those areas where we feel … [Read more...]

If Childhood Today Is Over Too Soon, What Can We Do About It?

Children Don't Have to Grow Up Too Soon. 8 suggestions for making the most of childhood.

This is a sponsored post. As I watch Immy dance around the dining room with the unabashed abandon of childhood I want to bottle this moment and hold it tight as I know this time in our lives called ‘childhood’ will be over all too soon. I just know that one day I will look back with longing for the … [Read more...]

Best of 2013: Positive Parenting

Positive parenting inspiration from Childhood 101

2013 was a year of ups and downs for me as a parent...though when I think about it, isn't every year? There are days, like today, when I feel like (at least for the most part) I've nailed it and days, like yesterday, when I know that I still have so much more to learn! Thanks to the support of a … [Read more...]

Getting Out the Door on Time Without Saying ‘Hurry Up!’

Childhood 101 | Positive Parenting_Getting to school on time without saying 'hurry up!'

I recently read a blog post that really spoke to me. It was this one - The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up by Hands Free Mama. As I was reading this post all I could hear was my own voice barking, 'Hurry Up!,' as sometime during the last few months I had fallen into the trap of hurrying us through our … [Read more...]