Lessons as a parent: Why I’m aiming to raise, rather than project manage, my children

Shifting back to raising kids, rather than project managing them: I’d treated my life, my family’s and most particularly, my children’s lives, as a series of projects. So much so, I was not only treating the activities, interests, external aspects my kids were involved in as projects – I’ve ended up managing my kids as if they are projects too.  … More Lessons as a parent: Why I’m aiming to raise, rather than project manage, my children

It’s not all bad: Parenting through a team defeat (the AFL edition)

My reflections after a closely fought AFL Grand Final. Sometimes we want to protect our kids from disappointment (even when it comes to loses from their team). But there is much to be gained from learning to accept lose – plus learning, as a parent, that we don’t have to solve all our kids ‘problems’. … More It’s not all bad: Parenting through a team defeat (the AFL edition)

My top three reasons we all need a mini break every now and then

Two weeks ago, I’d just arrived at my long weekend destination. My family were off on their annual Dads’ and kids’ camping weekend with long term friends and, this year, I decided, unlike previous years, I’d also go away – by myself. Other times, I’ve used these weekends without the family to complete actions on … More My top three reasons we all need a mini break every now and then

School holidays end and new adventures begin

Hello again! I’m back for a new year, which, by rights, feels as though it is starting properly now. It’s February. School holidays are over, the kids are back at school, routines are starting to be re-established, and we’re now looking forward. Hello, 2018, here we come! Before it’s lost completely, I don’t want to … More School holidays end and new adventures begin

2016 – Look at the stars and feel grateful for their light

Many of you would have seen this powerful montage above, created by British Graphic Designer Chris Barker, of celebrities who’ve died over the past year. Even if you hadn’t, you’d be aware that 2016 seems to have had more than its fair share of famous people dying. 2016 in a nutshell  Taking a global view, 2016 has been categorised by … More 2016 – Look at the stars and feel grateful for their light

Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

  Who goes on holidays in mid November? Isn’t it too busy? Too many commitments in November (the new December), too many end of year deadlines looming, finals for sporting teams, end of school events. Plus now’s the time to get all your New Years Eve commitments achieved (because they’d slipped from your mind mid … More Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

I’m writing this sitting on the grassy banks above the Main Beach of Yamba, northern NSW, having just been swimming, body surfing and building sand creations. My husband and the kids are at the beach below, and I’ve got a chance to write. We’re currently spending a week in this lovely place and if you … More A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

Colouring my world with The Day the Crayons Quit

Source: I’ve recently bought ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This is the first new picture book I’ve bought our family for a very long time. It  is one of the most beautiful books I think I’ve ever read, and I am besotted with it! If you haven’t read it, it revolves around a … More Colouring my world with The Day the Crayons Quit