It’s interesting how life can move along so quickly sometimes that we feel like everything is rushing by. You can find yourself wondering…when did that happen? I feel like this sense of life rushing by is magnified since I became a parent over a decade ago. Even writing the word ‘decade’ makes me wonder, where […]
One of the first things I learnt as a fledgling parent, was that getting out and about in the sunshine is one of the best ways to burn off energy, clear your head and generally feel better about the world. Crabby toddler climbing the walls? Head out to the park and let them run free. […]
- the fantastic Underwood Park complete with flying fox, weirdly cool Spielart Funderwood timber playground, monorail...
- the super sweet Enchanted Forest, which kept all four of the kids amused for a couple of hours. It's probably better suited to littlies with a love of fairies, but my older kids still had a ball there.
- our local park (you know the type, smallish, huge open grassy bit nearby, a couple of well-loved trees)
Last week I got a fantastic piece of advice from a lecturer. It went like this… Most people, tend to put things off because they don’t think they can get the job done, or are worried that when they are done, what they have created will be poorly made/ crafted/ be a little bit rubbish. […]
Motivation is a tricky thing to nail down. How do you get yourself motivated to get up, get moving, make a change, get started, and well, get on with things? Some of the challenges we try to tackle seem insurmountable at first. Giant mountains of stuff to tackle, decisions to make, which options to choose, where to […]
As a mum, I clearly remember the moment when my then 3-year-old decided to choose her own clothes, or should I say OUTFIT. It was an OUTFIT because it was accompanied by a demand in a VERY loud voice from my former happy-go-lucky toddler that from now on she would only wear party dresses and ballet shoes. […]
We are having a lot of rainy days at the moment, and though I am sure the gardens and trees of Perth are loving the wet weather, it is wearing a little thin on the home front! Mostly after school and on weekends, when my kids are climbing the walls at times because they are so […]
- Do a jigsaw puzzles – we love one brand - Djeco the best, the pieces are sturdy, the scenes are quirky, bright and interesting.
- Play a board or card game – our current faves are Connect Four, Scrabble and Uno
- Colour in – we always have a drawstring bag packed with colouring books, blank paper, textas , crayons, great for at home and when you are out and about
- Work together on a mazes, dot-to-dots, and spot the difference (all great for 3-5 year olds) – or for older kids try word searches and crosswords
- Build a city or fort or zoo or paint a cubby! Go as big or small as you like! Start off with some little animals and get the kids to build the jungle/ ocean/ habitat or go large and convert the lounge into a tent city. Add torches and a picnic and BINGO! Kid heaven!
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.
As we grow older, it can get harder and harder to carve out time in the day to think. Reflect on life, how things are going, what went well, what went pear-shaped. All the healthy reflective thinking we are meant to do in order to grow as individuals, as humans. Sometimes, life can get in […]
Hello! It has been super busy here, between school stuff, studying, working, designing/creating, life in general really. We are also heading into birthday season! In our little family, the ladies are all born at the same time of the year. All three of us will be celebrating our special day…very soon! Hurrah for us! Which […]
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
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