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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3 + 5 | How to raise tidy kids

How to raise tidy kids

I reckon parenting would be 99% easier if we could just get our kids to clean up after themselves. Tidy kids would make everything better. Don't you think? It's one thing to be at the beck and call of a baby and quite another to find yourself still picking up after the seven-year-old. I can follow my Badoo's every move from the moment she wakes in ...

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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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The golden years of parenting

The golden years of parenting

I first read about the 'golden years of parenting' back when the kids were 1, 3 and 4 and I didn't have time to finish the article. I was too busy wiping bottoms, picking up babies and carefully watching - so much watching. Then I hit the sweet spot, no doubt about it. Turns out I didn't need to read any articles to know about the golden age. ...

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When child’s play just isn’t!

I don't like playing with my child

As the Tsunamis are getting older, I've realised how tense I used to be on any given day. I was literally locked up in the shoulders with what I thought was worry about their safety and wellbeing, but now I know was actually worry that they would ask me to play with them. Really. I cannot stand most of the baby- toddler kids' games. Oh, I ...

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