I'm sure most of you will be aware of the phrase 'no means no' when it comes to sex education. It teaches our kids that when they say no, it means no. As parents we inevitably hear the word 'no' over and over again. My toddler is pretty adept at knowing what he wants and making … Continue reading How do I teach my kid that his ‘no means no’?
I went away on a women's weekend recently. It was wonderful. Double bed to myself, lots of time to chat, and absolutely delicious food. One morning I queued up for my breakfast. Imagine the usual hotel buffet selection - cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast and cooked breakfast including, bacon, eggs, sausage etc. I got to the … Continue reading Pass me another pastry.
Dear friend, I've never talked to anyone this but I was reminded of it today as I reflected on being a mother. My husband and I had always talked about how we'd like to adopt and/or foster as well as have our own birth kids. So, when we first decided to think about starting a family we we … Continue reading A letter to my friends whose hearts yearn for motherhood
At the beginning of this month I planned and ran a conference and went away on a women's weekend. Work has also been pretty crazy. So it's been a hectic few weeks and I've not found much writing time. But, I have had heaps of processing time in the midst of the busyness so I thought … Continue reading What do you do when your heart gets ‘broke open’?
We started this week with grand plans for a night of 'Fort building' but the reality was that by the time we got to date night we were so tired we couldn't muster up the energy! So, we opted to for Fish 'n' Chips and a no thinking needed, funny film. I chatted with a friend … Continue reading Fish ‘n’ Chips & Film – F date
We have a very determined little guy. He knows what he wants. He knows what he likes and he likes to tell you how he feels about those things. It's a part of his character I deeply admire. A few months ago we got given some Duplo and our little guy has fallen in love … Continue reading Handling strong toddler emotions
I love the Scummy Mummies! They are a comedy duo who host a hilarious podcast for ‘for less-than-perfect parents’. I could blog about every one, they are hilarious, talk honestly about the messiness of parenthood and are seriously informative! I’ll start with one for now though… I recently listened to a podcast where Ellie Gibson and … Continue reading What would happen if we gave our kids ALL our attention?
Double Date done. Now, time for an E date. We thought about going to Escape, Reading (I love a puzzle!) but we needed to find more people so thought we'd save it for another time. Check out the website here though. It looks so fun! Reading friends, want to join us? So, we plucked for … Continue reading An Education – E date
The lovely Rachel, who blogs over at Rachel Ridler: Mum on a Mission, is sending Joy on a journey. Read more about how it works here. I was the first recipient of Joy which means I received a lovely gift from Rachel and the opportunity to take some time to reflect about joy and … Continue reading Joy
Parents often say they long to be able to go out alone and lie-in and do the things they used to do before they were parents. I totally get it. Sometimes, I'd love to stay in bed a little longer. Sometimes, I'd like to go out and stay out until whenever we fancy. But, if I'm … Continue reading A Valentine’s date for three