I don't really feel the year has started properly until school kicks in ... any one else like me? So I am looking forward to school starting again next week and the return to routine. But I am also going to be a little sad. We have 18 summers with our kids before they are … Continue reading 7 things that have kept me sane this holidays
I remind my girls to use their manners. I remind them to empty the sand from their shoes before they enter the house. I remind them to pick up their clothes, and talk kindly, and to walk in the house, and ... the list goes on. I finally understand what my mother meant when she said … Continue reading seventy times what?!
I had a conversation with my girl the other day about an upcoming excursion. 'I'm feeling nervous, and excited, Mummy.' 'Oh sweetheart,' I replied, 'that's perfectly normal when you try something new. To feel nervous and excited.' The look of relief on her face when I said that, the way she released her breath, the hug … Continue reading all the feels
The girls go back to school tomorrow, and mentally I am preparing myself for the school gate question, 'How was your holidays?' Because my answer is something like this, 'Beautiful and scary, peaceful and stressful, idyllic and insane.' For the first week was spent at an idyllic location where we explored and enjoyed our time together as … Continue reading on holidays, stitches and the brutiful life
My daughter drags herself out of the classroom. I can tell the sort of day she has had, by the way she shoves her belongings at me and demands that I help. Immediately mumma bear in me rises to the fore. I want to know the problem. I want to know exactly what happened. I want … Continue reading where you start
We have had a terse few weeks, with fractious tempers, unkind words and ok, I admit it, a fair bit of shouting in this house. Finally after a family meeting, peace is on its way to being restored. But, while the kids have had some explicit lessons, I also have had some internal realisations of … Continue reading on values, boundaries and attitudes