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
I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly clingy parent. I’ve happily let my kids go to play at other people’s homes and have sleepovers from a fairly young age (hey, I’ve even encouraged them – the peacefulness when we have a break from each other can be so lovely!) But every now and again, I … More Holding on and letting go
I found out yesterday, courtesy of a fellow blogger Emily Hawker, that The Oxford English Dictionary announced the inclusion of an additional thousand words to its next edition. That sparked my interest (yes, it was a prime opportunity for distraction) and I scrolled through the list. You can, too, if you click on the link above. I found … More New English words announced – but there’s still one missing!
Over the horizon, the Mother saw him arriving. Her eyes lit up – could it be that time already? So soon? She felt a slight twinge of guilt about how quickly she was prepared to dismiss her current companion – was she really as fickle as that? The Mother looked across to the creature beside her and thought – yes, … More A Mother’s Own Adventure: You wouldn’t read about it!
Was it the col, wet weather or just the fact that we’ve reached Day 6 of the school holidays? Whatever reason, I’ve had a mother guilt / not keeping my kids busy attack. It’s proving hard to pull back and not over-schedule them. Do you find the same guilt (or something else?) I’d love your feedback! … More Today the holiday guilt started
Source: On Monday night, my kids and I went to two sex education information sessions (one for each child’s year level), hosted by our school. On the same day, I’d been reading a lot of reports about a court decision recently handed down about about a rape that took place over a year ago on the campus of Stamford … More What the Stamford Rape case should reinforce in all parents
The pressure to be the ‘perfect parent’ I never realised before becoming a parent how much judgment exists around parenting. From the time your first baby arrives – no, even prior to that – it’s easy to find yourself bombarded with information, about what you should do during pregnancy, birth, feeding and caring for a young baby. And … More The pros and cons of playdates – and the temptation of insular parenting
Source: Grief and loss can make themselves known in unexpected ways. Although I know this, it still often takes me by surprise. Like last night, about twenty minutes past the time my kids should have been in bed. One moment I was continuing to wrangle my two children into the bathroom to clean their teeth, the next my daughter … More When grief and comfort combine
We are nearly at the end of the first full week of school, and a pattern has started to emerge again within my family’s weekdays. And I am so relieved! There are lots of reasons why I like school holidays. They’re fun (mostly) because we make an effort to do a lot more activities together. I love watching my kids … More Weekly patterns (or why I love school)
My kids’ memory folders (ah, how cute they were …) For the past two years, I’ve been berating myself for not keeping up with a commitment I made to myself when each of my babies was born. I had diligently written letters to each child – a few during their first years of life, and one for … More Why my struggle to write was actually a GOOD thing!