5 characteristics I think good parents need

traits good parents need

Right now I'm in the 'golden age' of parenting. That magical space between the utter hell of raising small children (0-5 years) and the utter hell of raising bigger children (12+ years). This is a unique space to be in when you have three children, for it's rare for all three to fall between the ages of 5 and 12 years all at the same time. This is ...

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5 ways to help your kids relax before bed

5 ways to help your child wind down to sleep

We’ve all been there. You pick the kids up from school / pre-school / daycare / the floor and race off to swimming, change them into their swimmers (“Just put these ones on… you can wear your favourites next week… they were in the wash… just put them on”), they swim, swim, swim, change out of swimmers, shower and hair wash (“I did not deliberately ...

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5 things I think parents should be strict about

Things we should be strict about

I’m not a strict parent, but often I want to be. So far, I’ve had to fight my own easygoing nature a lot during this parenting gig, because instinctively I know it’s better for the kids. I don’t want to be a ‘permissive’ parent who doesn’t establish boundaries, routines or rules. I’ve seen how quickly that can get out of hand and I know I’m not ...

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10 achievable ways to limit screen time

10 ways to limit screen time

I've been banging on about limiting screen time for a while now, but I'm aware that it's a lot easier said than done. I think the awareness of how bad overuse of screens can be for kids is growing and growing, but so is the sense of overwhelm. Technology is such a modern paradox. On the one hand it opens up an amazing world of inspiration, ...

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10 tips for overcoming fear of change

10 practical ways to embrace life's changes

This one is for me. I'm about to make a major change in my lovely little life and it's rather scary, but good scary. I mean, good scary is still terrifying, but it feels right so at least there's that. I will let you know what that change is and more very soon (and forgive me for all the vagueness of late, but all will be revealed shortly). In ...

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10 ways to make the most of the school holidays

10 ways to make the most of the school holidays

I've seen a lot of articles around about 'staying sane in the school holidays' and I get it, I really, truly do. The school holidays are hard work because they force us away from the everyday family routine that makes life easier for us and holidays then have the added stress of demanding to be fun and interesting and sunny (aren't holidays always ...

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10 ways to build resilience in kids

10 ways to build resilience in kids

Parenting used to be all about “building self-esteem” but lately we seem to have shifted the focus to “building resilience”. So, what is this resilience buzz word, and why does it matter to our child? Resilience is basically a person’s ability to handle change and adversity. How well they manage setbacks, new circumstances, problems or crisis. ...

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10 {tried and tested} {by meeeee!} ways to use coconut oil

10 tried and tested ways to use coconut oil - for families

The paleo thing hasn't taken off in Maxabellaland the way I thought it would so I had a massive jar of coconut oil in the pantry just waiting to do something. There are apparently lots and lots of somethings my coconut oil could be doing. About a year ago I did a post for Kidspot that rounded up a whole heap of them and I thought I'd try out my ...

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10 things your school kid can do in the mornings

10 things your school kid can do to get ready in the mornings

You can’t win on school mornings. Either you’re whirling like a dervish (and I’m pretty sure dervishes can whirl like no one’s business), rushing around like a head with its chook cut off and you’re still late for the bell or… everyone is up incredibly early with shoes shined, hair neatly smoothed, uniforms starched to attention and… wait, that ...

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10 things to say to your partner every day

10 things to say to your partner every day

There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of work to make a strong relationship. But with enough heavy lifting – and heavy talking – things seem to fall into place. It’s so critical – a healthy relationship raises a healthy family. And brings oodles and oodles of joy. I think telling your partner you love them every day is important, but showing them ...

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