I’m not ready for high school

Ready for High School

Max says he's ready for high school. "We're forming a gang, Mum," he tells me. "It's gonna have all the boys from my class who are going to our high school in it. We might ask other boys on the first day too. There's gonna be 20, maybe even 100 year 7 boys in it. We'll go around in a pack." Yeah, he's ready. Careful, Max, careful. It's taken ...

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Oh so scary sleepovers

Scary sleepovers

When I was a kid, I used to love sleeping over at my friends' houses. I loved the break in routine and the sneak-peek into how other people lived. One friend's mum would make a chocolate cake and let us do the icing, piling it on 2 cm thick and then eating the lot in front of the television. Another friend was an only child and it was sheer bliss ...

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Weekend Rewind 53 | Fear of being ‘on show’

Weekend Rewind 53

I was at a shoot today, filming my small part in the Voices of 2014 eLearning Bloggers' Masterclass (look at all the little mes up there!). Like my freak out about Problogger, these things are always completely nerve-wracking to me, but over the years I've learned some neat tricks for steadying my nerves when I'm 'on show': 1. Focus on after the ...

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Parenting by heart | Some kids are just harder to parent than others

A psychologist told me that."Some kids are just harder to parent than others," she said and it seemed to make everything okay in an instant."Of course!" I thought. "There's nothing really wrong with my child - he's just harder to parent than a lot of other kids." I find this statement comforting, like a warm hand in mine. When it all gets so hard ...

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Parenting by heart | On the parenting rollercoaster

I over-think my children's life. I imagine scenarios happening that only a grown-up could possibly dream up. I worry about things they haven't even thought of yet. I see their world through eyes that look far beyond where they need. My brain has forgotten what it's like to be a child.My husband's philosophy is to only worry about something if the ...

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Parenting by heart | Don’t be scared of being scared

I used to have an irrational fear of my children feeling fear. See, I told you it was irrational.I’m scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of parties, politics and the weird elongated men that hide under my bed and try to grab my ankles if I don’t leap into bed from at least a metre away. I’m forty two, and that’s one of my major fears.I’m scared ...

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The weight of unnecessary

Today I read these words from my friend Kirrily at Sunny Side Up: "and I could feel again the immense amounts of unnecessary we are all weighed down with." Kirrily so often gets it right.As I read that line, something inside me shifted. Something turned.How much of life is made up of the unnecessary. All the things we do because of all the things ...

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Coconut coated curve balls

When life throws you curve balls, roll them in coconut.Or something like that.Over at our place, things have been both good and not very good at all. Life is like that, isn't it?I don't want to go into too much detail because it's Maxi's story, not mine, but I just wanted to write a little bit about some insights I have recently had into this ...

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Butterflies

Walking to school, first day back after the holidays."I've got butterflies in my tummy," says Maxi worriedly."That's because you're a bit nervous," I answer reassuringly. "The first day back can feel a little tricky sometimes.""Nah," he says firmly, scuffing the worn toe of his shoe further into the grass. "It's because I swallowed a ...

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Getting ready to roll…

Do you remember when all you needed was a hill? When you did things just because they were fun? You didn't worry about getting dirty or getting hurt... ... or maybe you did, but you went ahead and did it anyway.I am on the top of the biggest hill ever and I'm getting ready to roll. I just really hope there's some rock with my roll.Oh, please, ...

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