How to Make Your Commute Easier (or More Bearable)

Commuting is hard. Whether you've chosen to commute so you can afford a bigger house or to be closer to family, or like me you lost your closer-to-home job and it was the only option, it takes its toll. These days in my new(ish) job I travel 80km each way to work. This for me … Continue reading How to Make Your Commute Easier (or More Bearable)

A Trick to Help Make Resolutions That You Can Stick To 

I always say that I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I definitely use the time off over Christmas to re-evaluate things. It's the same as the "back-to-school" resolution, or the "back from holidays" ones. Plans to improve myself, my health, my home and my work life balance. My non-resolutions look the same every year. … Continue reading A Trick to Help Make Resolutions That You Can Stick To 

Tips for Making Swimming Lessons Less Stressful

Ask a parent what's their least favourite activity to do with their kids and you'll usually get a resounding chorus of "swimming lessons". It's all the getting dressed you see. And the wetness. And the heat in the dressing room as you try to dress one child and argue with another over how long he's … Continue reading Tips for Making Swimming Lessons Less Stressful

My Tips for Dealing with Fussy Eaters (And Why the Usual Advice is Rubbish)

Do you have a "Fussy Eater" in your house? I think all kids go through phases and by us parents obsessing about it we make it worse. Parenting magazines and websites are full of tips on "how to get your fussy eater to eat their veg" (In fact I recently contributed my coping with fussy eaters … Continue reading My Tips for Dealing with Fussy Eaters (And Why the Usual Advice is Rubbish)

The Ultimate Back-to-School Shopping Recommendations List

As back-to-school looms I find myself giving unsolicited advice about school supplies to anyone who will listen.  As is often the case, this advice tends to take the negative turn, with words like "crap" and "not worth a shite" cropping up. I call it cautionary advice, or helping others learn from my mistakes. So, to … Continue reading The Ultimate Back-to-School Shopping Recommendations List

17 Things That All Adults Should Do (To Prove That They're Adults)

As my 40th birthday approaches I'm trying to get sensible. There's no denying that I'm an adult now.  So here are 17 "adulty things" (I know adulty isn't a word, see no. 17 below) that I've done or am working on doing,  that everyone really  should, just to, you know, act like an actual grown-up. … Continue reading 17 Things That All Adults Should Do (To Prove That They're Adults)

17 Things That All Adults Should Do (To Prove That They’re Adults)

As my 40th birthday approaches I'm trying to get sensible. There's no denying that I'm an adult now.  So here are 17 "adulty things" (I know adulty isn't a word, see no. 17 below) that I've done or am working on doing,  that everyone really  should, just to, you know, act like an actual grown-up. … Continue reading 17 Things That All Adults Should Do (To Prove That They’re Adults)

Are Your Kids Eating Too Many Treats? How to Cut Down

A press release from Safefood arrived in my inbox yesterday morning  as I left the house for work, another chapter in their campaign against childhood obesity. "New safefood research reveals giving treats to children still a daily habit" was as much as I read initially. I thought about it on my hour-long drive. It really didn't surprise me, … Continue reading Are Your Kids Eating Too Many Treats? How to Cut Down