When things get broken

When things get broken

Never, ever become a smug parent. The day after I wrote about winning at parenting (I mean, it was the perfect day, I even said to Bart, "Don't bother with the 8th of May, today was mother's day for me"), Cappers broke her fingers. Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. I see the Tuesday / Wednesday combo of last week as a ...

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Things my kids do that irritate the @#%$ out of me

Skunk underpants

I love my kids and they're good kids - blah blah blah, insert typical mummy-about-to-slay-the-kids disclaimer here - BUT... man, do they do some incredibly, wildly, profoundly irritating things. To me. At me. Yes, they are doing profoundly irritating things at me. The number one thing my kids do at me is slide their pants off inside their shorts ...

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6 things for kids to craft with sticks

6 play things for kids to craft from sticks

Instead of screens today, why not... make something out of sticks? The lovely artwork above has pride of place in the window of our living room. Cappers (our resident maker) made it at school a couple of years ago. It was the moment she discovered her love of weaving and she hasn't really stopped since. She often ties a few sticks together and ...

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Make some cute pot plant friends

How to make DIY pot plant friends

Instead of screens today, why not... make a couple of pot plant friends? We recently spent a goodly amount of time making these gorgeous little pot plant friends to pretty up our front verandah. It's such a simple (and cheap!) thing to make and it's fun to change the faces or designs over time. Words are always easy to add and change - think ...

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Weekend Rewind | What’s it all about anyway?

Tiger mother

So, this beloved blog turned 5 this week and we had a little celebration, which mostly consisted of me boring the pants off you by reminiscing about past posts but also consisted of me offering two fab Pip blogging prizes. The competition is easy to enter and it's open until midnight tonight. If you have a blog or want a blog, Pip from Blog with ...

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Weekend Rewind | Parkouring through life

Parkour for kids

Hello! I'm back! Did you miss me? Actually, don't answer that, the important thing is that I missed you. I really missed writing on this here blog, which is important because after five years, sometimes I wonder if I've still got the bug. What? Did I just say five years? In 10 days time it will be five years since I wrote my first (very random) ...

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How to finger knit (with easy-to-follow video)

How to finger knit

Instead of screens today... why not finger knit a teddy bear scarf? Cappers recently taught me how to finger knit. Her friend Stella taught her. I am always grateful to clever little friends who show my kids how to do the things I can't. Cappers is really interested in all things wool - knitting, weaving, crocheting. I better improve my ...

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The voice of 1001 angels

Sob! Last night... sob! Okay, I'll start again. Last night Cappers joined a choir of 1000 childr - sob!Last night Cappers joined a choir of 1000 children and it was very, very beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that I have a little teary moment every time I think of it. I always tear up when kids do good things.It was the shiny kids and it was also ...

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Down in the mangroves

Kids get hurt a lot. They do a lot of physically bizarre things that result in injury. Walking, for instance, seems challenging for many. Others fall off their bikes, off trampolines, out of trees and, in some noteworthy cases, moving vehicles. My Cappers gets hurt many times every day. She is one of those children who cannot pass a wall without ...

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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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