Raising The Future (and getting it right)

As the parent to a five year old, facing awkward questions is becoming part of day to day life. This week our daughter eloquently probed the reasons why she has only ever seen one of her friends’ Daddy, and never her Mummy. Bright and observant, it was only a matter of time before many of lifes ‘less than regular’ situations were curious to her. more “Raising The Future (and getting it right)”

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Will bedtime ever be the same again?

Do you remember those first euphoric days of the summer holidays? The ones we celebrated a temporary cull of all bedtime routines, dreamt of late night barbecues under the stars and imagined the children happily playing until they let you carry them sleepily up to bed without protest? more “Will bedtime ever be the same again?”

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September looming; getting organised for the return to reality

I hate to be all doom and gloom, raining on everyone’s summer parade, but there are just two more weeks left of August. That means in just over a fortnight we’ll all be bracing ourselves for a bedtime battle and a morning mission…back to reality with a thump! more “September looming; getting organised for the return to reality”

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If you love them, let them go

If you visualise a mother going through the heart wrenching process of letting go of her children as they ‘fly the nest’, the classic image is her waving them off to university, leaving home for the first time, going travelling or perhaps the day her child leaves to get married (although, granted that is quite an old fashioned image nowadays right?). more “If you love them, let them go”

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GUEST POST: 5 Reasons why your child should understand that risk taking and failure can be good

One of the scariest things that anyone of any age can face has to be taking a risk and failing at it. It doesn’t matter if you are an adult or if you are child, you might be tempted to play it safe, rather than risking a negative outcome. more “GUEST POST: 5 Reasons why your child should understand that risk taking and failure can be good”

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The Hangover

Before we had kids, the hubby and I were quite partial to a night out out. Needless to say the shape of our social life has massively changed in the last half decade since we exchanged our disco slippers for, well, actual slippers. Partly because we are a bit too knackered, partly because we don’t like to abuse our childcare options, partly because we have reached a more mature stage in our lives, but MOSTLY because quite frankly, we cannot deal with THE HANGOVERS. more “The Hangover”

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Our box full of memories from The Creation Station

Just this afternoon, as I was storing away the dense bag of drawings and artwork from Tigs first year at primary school, I stumbled across a box full of memories from what seems like a lifetime ago. more “Our box full of memories from The Creation Station”

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The first year of primary school: Done

It is truly unbelievable that a whole year has passed since we waved goodbye to Tigs’ nursery and all the wonderful staff and friends she had made there. This time last year we were excitedly attending settling in sessions at her new school and making awkward smiles to the new faces nervously standing outside the classroom (and that was just the Mums). We were panicking about the most obscure of things; whether to buy uniform in age 3-4 or 4-5, how we’d navigate the school run logistics, whether we had made the right choices, and of course, how would she get on. more “The first year of primary school: Done”

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The HOORAY moments of being a stay at home Mum

I’m often asked what it’s like being a stay at home Mum, and if it makes me happy. My standard response is this;

“There are some days I’m tearing my hair out and it’s bloody hard work, yet there are other days when I feel like the luckiest person on the planet”. more “The HOORAY moments of being a stay at home Mum”

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How NOT to potty train your toddler

“We waited until she was ready, then on her lead it happened so easily. She got it straight away and we never had any accidents!”

This is how OTHER PEOPLE’S KIDS potty train. Not, so it would seem, the kids of Mum Muddling Through. more “How NOT to potty train your toddler”

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