I just finished reading The Martian, in record time! It is a cracker of a read, and though heavy on the science and engineering (which I loved!), also tells a tale of resilience. Filled to the brim with humour and adversity, it made me think a lot about how reliant we can become on […]
Home again after a lovely morning at The Mummy Tree markets in sunny Bris-Vegas. It’s always such a lovely crowd, friendly stall holders, fab customers, loads of (free!) entertainment for the kidlets. What more could you ask for? I found some fab gear for my kids, including a gorgeous banner from
One of the fabulous benefits of having children or spending time with kids is that you get a reminder of how much joy they get from the world.
Discovering new ideas. Exploring the world. Playing. Laughing at silly things. Living in the moment. Kids are masters are stopping to smell the roses. Slowing […]
One of the fabulous benefits of having children or spending time with kids is that you get a reminder of how much joy they get from the world.Discovering new ideas. Exploring the world. Playing. Laughing at silly things. Living in the moment. Kids are masters are stopping to smell the roses. Slowing down and moving at their own pace. Adults are always searching for ways to relax, meditate, calm down. Most kids have got that in the bag. Watch a small child playing with Lego, matchbox cars, playing a game of make-believe, and you can see they are fully immersed in the moment. My kids are staying at my family's farm this week. I know already that they will spending their time, exploring, digging in the sandpit, catching frogs and generally having a grand old time. There will be no structured plan, no to-do list. Just fun, sunshine and spending time together. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine, taking time to relax, and most importantly finding the time to have fun. Enjoy xx
In most states now, kids are back and school and the weekly ritual of homework has begun. Christmas holidays are fast becoming a distant memory, and so we are all getting back to our daily, nightly and weekly routines. In our house a big part of our routine is reading. Do you read […]
- Think of themes. Maybe go with holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc). Sea creatures, dinosaurs, fairies.
- Read the book first. If you have a new book, take a few minutes to read it first. Test it out. Is it interesting? Funny? Do the words rhyme?
- Get online and get some ideas, have a look here for some fab read aloud tips
- Visit your local library. Go to story time, ask a librarian for help/ideas/suggestions
- Let your child choose the book
- Get older siblings/ cousins/ friends to take turns reading.
- Happily read the same book, every night, for weeks on end if that is what your child wants. I think I might be able to recite every Hairy Maclary book by heart, but I am still happy to read all about that crazy dog and his mates.
Wowsers, the year seems to be flying by already. All of a sudden, we are gearing up for school, getting busy at work and getting set for the first of the gorgeous markets and fairs This Grand Life will be attending this year. Whew! It can all get a little overwhelming at times. Thinking […]
- Reading: Wildwood – a glorious book, with fabulous illustrations, which I initially bought for Captain Jack (my 9 year old) and then when he got a little scared by the opening gambit about a murder of crows, I stepped in to read it first. You know, to check it wasn’t too scary. I am LOVING it…
- Creating: More gorgeous sundresses, super cute heart purses, some cuddly softies and boardies for super cool boys with some beautiful new fabric.
- Learning: French, brushing up on my French (can’t believe I have been back in Australia for nearly 3 years), such a beautiful quirky language.
- Teaching: Little L how to read. My littlest poppet starts school this year and is super keep to keep up with the big kids in the house. We have used Reading Eggs for years and all of my kids have loved it. It’s also a great excuse to spend more time reading each night.
- Watching: Girls. Though it feels like a guilty pleasure, I am totally hooked. Oh the angst, the selfish choices, the dilemmas.
We are a family of book-lovers. Self-confessed book-worms who can all pass the time reading, poring over the pages of beautiful illustrations and talking about how our favourite characters reacted. So, it is no surprise then that we all have a wish list of books we would love to read over the Christmas break or, […]
- Little L's list for littlies (0-5) - first readers (the Reading Eggs books are fab), Winnie the Witch, The Day the Crayons Quit, any of the Flower Fairies books
- Flashdance (6-9) – anything by Andy Griffiths, The Little Lunch Series, How to Train your Dragon series (Cressida Cowell), Non-fiction books about bugs or anime (how to draw Japanese cartoon characters)
- Captain Jack (7-12) – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (JK Rowling), Lord of the Rings – separate volumes, rather than the all-in-one book (to make for easy holiday reading), Mapmaker Chronicles (A. L. Tait), non-fiction books about sea creatures, dinosaurs. volcanos or robotics
- The Mini-Fashionista (7-12) – The Blood of Olympus (Rick Riordan), Quidditch through the Ages (JK Rowling), The Chronicles of Narnia, any of the Thea Stilton series
- Ladies and Gentlemen (that would be my lovely husband and I) - Pip Lincolnes fab new book, Beci Orpin's new book, The Great Zoo of China - the latest from Matthew Reilly
In my part of the world it is school holidays, and for us that means less homework, less worrying about uniforms, hats and socks and more time for all members of our family to do the things they would really like to do. It can also mean hearing the words ‘I’m bored’ a lot more. […]
- Write up a list along with your kids of a list of easy activities/ ideas, then laminate it and stick it up in the kitchen/another high traffic area. Some ideas to think about including: play heads up, build a Lego city, play with the kinetic sand, play a board game (guess who, monopoly), play a card game, paint your nails, plan and put on a puppet show, go to the reading nook and read a good book, make icy poles for later, bake cookies, set up the lounge for a movie (popcorn, tickets, etc). When one of the kids says 'I'm bored' simply point to the list.
- Try planning each week together, then write it up and pop it on the fridge. Schedule in lunch, morning snacks, play in the park, free time. The kids can then run the show! Kikki K has some great planners, and you can also get some printable ones here online.
- Keep 'go bags' packed and ready to go. We have a tub for helmets and hats, a spot for scooter and bike parking, and a bag for beach/ pool. After we get home, we clean out and repack- the bag. No more last-minute scrabble for goggles, towels and thongs...
- Ask around! Whether you ask on Facebook, at the park, friends or family, ask and you will get new ideas, hot tips and even playdates. Better yet offer to have some of the kids friends over and give your friends/ family a break and give your own kids someone new to play with. I am always amazed how adding an extra child or two to my bunch is less work rather than more.
- Visit your local library, art gallery, museum, cultural centre, and then give the kids a sketchbook or notebook. Encourage them to document the day, copy the paintings, draw what they see.
I watched a brilliant episode of Q&A recently where the topic of social media and screen time surfaced. Over the years, since we began riding the wave of social media, I have often taken the time to reflect on my own use of technology and how I use social media. Which […]
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