Broken Sleep, Broken Promise

There wasn't much sleep had in our house last night. My three-and-a-half year old seems to have reverted to the sleeping habits of a newborn and was let's say "wakeful" for many hours during the night. What started out as reassuring hugs degenerated into abrupt shouts to "get back into bed right now!" over the … Continue reading Broken Sleep, Broken Promise

When Christmas Doesn't Quite Go According to Plan.

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" Fingers crossed. "'Tis the season to be jolly" What if I'm not? Or the teething toddler isn't? The whole perfectly happy Christmas thing is what we're all striving for. Everyone together. Perfect food. All delighted.  Photos of smiling families in matching outfits on Facebook. Videos of sons … Continue reading When Christmas Doesn't Quite Go According to Plan.

When Christmas Doesn’t Quite Go According to Plan.

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" Fingers crossed. "'Tis the season to be jolly" What if I'm not? Or the teething toddler isn't? The whole perfectly happy Christmas thing is what we're all striving for. Everyone together. Perfect food. All delighted.  Photos of smiling families in matching outfits on Facebook. Videos of sons … Continue reading When Christmas Doesn’t Quite Go According to Plan.

Carols and Coincidence

As I walked through the carpark on the way to collect my small girl from playschool on Tuesday festive tunes hung on the air. I continued on my way and the music got louder. Voices, singing, piano accompaniment, coming from the church. I checked the time on my phone, I had exactly 2 minutes. Looking … Continue reading Carols and Coincidence

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

An Incomplete List of Morning Struggles My Children Experience

The morning is a struggle for the children of this house. Some more than others. Despite being up (of their own accord) before 6am they face a series of challenges, some nearly insurmountable, many of which their inconsiderate parents just don't seem to appreciate or give sufficient weight to.¬†The children of this house have finely … Continue reading An Incomplete List of Morning Struggles My Children Experience

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)