How I unspoiled my kids

Mary's House

I shared an article on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, that was shared again and again. There is a lot about the article that I don't agree with (the headline, for one thing), but there was a lot in there that really resonated with me. I am hyper-aware of how it is all-too easy to spoil our kids these days. In many, many ways, my kids ...

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Kids are so often disappointing

Robert the Rose Horse - favourite

Robert the Rose Horse was my favourite, favourite, favourite childhood book in the world. I read it thousands of times and most nights I even slept with Robert (ha!). I'm pretty sure that aside from Joan Heilbroner's rhythmic words, it was the idea of people being blown off their feet that completely had me - to this day unexpected slapstick comedy ...

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Connect | 21 revealing questions to ask your kids

21 questions to ask your children

Cappers surprised me one day when she insisted that her favourite colour was green. “But your favourite colour has always been blue,” I insisted. “No, it’s green. I’ve always liked green.” Now, I know that’s not true and whether she likes green, blue or ombre doesn’t actually matter in the grand scheme of things, but it got me thinking. ...

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Connect | I can never put myself back in the picture

Mum and me

I love photography and I hate photos of myself, but even I was surprised when I couldn't find a single recent shot of myself and my children. Not one. I frantically started scrolling back through months and months and then years and years of photos, thousands and thousands of photos, and found about three photos of myself and just one with me ...

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Weekend Rewind | Screen freedom

Happy happy screen free

A quiet little revolution has been happening at my place since the turn of the new year and quiet is the operative word. We are completely screen free from Sunday until Thursday each and every week. The only exception to the rule is computer work for parents or using the computer to put music on the Sonos system. Everything else is switched ...

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Teach me how to make a film about everyday life

Teach me how to make a film about everyday life

'Teach me how to do something I'm rubbish at' is a series that encourages the clever clogs wearers of the world to show us less clever types how to do the things we've always wanted to do. This week I'm head over heels for Tahnee from Milk Please Mum (I've always been head over heels for Tahnee). Tahnee is going to teach us how to make those ...

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Little big girls

My Badoo is a little big girl. She has always wanted to be big."When will I get boobies?" she asks. We are folding clothes and she has fumbled her way into a bra, it hangs around her neck like a lacy noose."Someday," I say wistfully, hastily putting the bra away. "Not soon, but someday.""I never want to get boobs," Gappers pipes up. "They get in ...

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Meet Lottie

I wrote a post for justb for their "The Message Project" that I absolutely love. It's a cool project with lots of really lovely bloggers sharing their 'message to the world' in aid of the McGrath Foundation. My message was about capturing the joy of childhood.I'd love you to pop over for a little look.As part of my post, I added a little video that ...

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Pin of the Day: Olive us

Ooooh I la la love this. The Blair family from Olive Us create weekly videos featuring their six adorbs kids - ranging in age from 14 down to two - that remind us that simple family values are important. The videos are shot by a professional film crew (and I think sponsored by Pottery Barn, but no matter). The Blairs are an American family living ...

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Four is big

My littlest girl turned four today.Four is big.Well, the Badoo informs me that it is. God help me, I purchased Barbie make up, but that's what she really, really wanted and I'll only let it out to play every now and then. She suggested she might also be old enough to wear 'booby bras' now and 'high heels and go to the shops with my boyfriend'.Ah, ...

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