Meet My Companion, Anxiety

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NOTE: If you suffer from anxiety, I'm sharing this post for you my friends. But I also know that sometimes these sorts of stories can cause anxiety too, so I'm acknowledging that at the outset. It was a lovely day; I felt tired but in good spirits. Not only did I feel happy, but I was in a productive mood, and was smashing through my to-do list: one item  was to make an appointment with the Dr for travel immunisations (watch this … [Read more...]

When I’m Criticised as Parent

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I said to someone recently, "Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can't, no matter how hard I try." Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good parent mean?   Feeding Nurturing Providing Loving Teaching Encouraging Refining Edifying Inspiring What other ing words can I think of? If there was a nice flow chart manual for parents, that would be great.  This problem: look it up: … [Read more...]

Getting the washing done…

Washing Pile

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my washing pile became a monster mountain.  I decided to put it all on the kitchen table to FORCE myself to LOOK AT IT and DEAL WITH IT. I have a pretty good system now to do the laundry and you can read about it here. However, with six people in the … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Special Family Experiences

Whale Watching

Brought to you by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 post) Making the Most of Special Family Experiences  I’ve discovered one of the best ways to engage my kids in learning is to make it about connection. There is something beautiful about natural curiosity and capitalising on experience.  With this in mind, when I prepare for certain experiences (like holidays) with my kids, I put a little thought into the big picture. It’s about … [Read more...]

A Representation of Family

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I could never have imagined how much my children's drawings would encourage me on this parenting journey. I see something very truthful about children's drawings. And it's not just truthful, but more than that: there's an underlying truth.  So often it helps me see what resonates with them; how they see themselves and our family; what they particularly enjoyed about a holiday or expidition. … [Read more...]

Connecting With My Teen (Through Books)

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In moments of waiting, you'll often find me with a book.  This is a recent thing. I like it. I love reading novels, but over the past...8 years or so...I haven't made time for it.  There are three main reasons for this: it's rare to have long chunks of quiet moments to digest a good book (the way I like to read); I find myself too tired at night; and reading articles on my phone is an easy and assessable distraction. But I am … [Read more...]

A Happy Childhood

Happy Childhood quote - Kelly Burstow - beafunmum.com

An ice-cream after the morning swim. Late afternoon walks on the beach. Climbing coastal trees with my cousins. Playing skipping rope games my sisters outside the caravan annex. Colouring in activity books. Going out somewhere especial for dinner. Spaghetti in plastic bowls. These are some of the memories I have of our annual family holidays at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  I grew up in your average middle class family, but my … [Read more...]

School / Homework Station

School Station

I asked the Be A Fun Mum community on Facebook about their opinions on homework for primary school students. There was a huge response (737 comments) and below are the results: The main feedback to come out of the discussion are as follows:   NO:  children spend enough time studying at school & research suggests homework is not effective parents find it hard to allocate time … [Read more...]

A small act of kindness is like a soft breeze

a small act of kindness is like a soft breeze on a hot day

This is a section of a diary entry I posted to Facebook a few months ago. This year has been full on for me and I've had to be intentional about looking for joy. Some days more than others.  I'm posting this little snippet of time here because I like to look back: to read, and remember. I like to remind myself about these little moments that have a redeeming quality about them. 8 May 2014: I feel weary tonight and am finding myself … [Read more...]

Domestic Disasters

Domestic Disasters

Just in case you were wondering what happens when you use regular dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher: This.   This is just one example of my many domestic disasters. Yeah, won't be doing that again when I run out of tablets. What WAS I thinking?! Not my brightest moment. I've burnt tea towels, mistook cornflour for icing sugar, used bleach on a lamanex sink counter (which turns it yellow) and then there was this … [Read more...]

The Robot, The Superhero & The Person

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I had an enlightening conversation with my eldest child. It gave me a small insight into the parent/child relationship through the different stages. I've talked about parenting stages before, because it's important for me to know where I'm at in the journey so I can adjust my expectations accordingly. It was a Friday night and I felt weary at the end of a school week.  One of the kids had a sporting event on in the evening, so the kids and … [Read more...]

I Don’t Think the School Holidays Went Well…

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In the main, I enjoy the school holidays with the kids, but I'm relieved school is back. The holidays didn't go as I planned.  I like to organise a lot of day trips and outings; I like to make the time intentional, even if we don't go away for a proper family holiday. Now that the kids are back at school, I took a breath and the thought ran through my mind: I don't think the school holidays went well. I'm a high achiever.  I like to … [Read more...]

A Conversation in a Cafe

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In the last week of school before the June holidays, I took my eldest daughter out of school for a day. She had a few appointments in the morning and I kept her home for the rest of the day.  We relish the times when it's just the two of us.  I love this age, as my daughter moves into the teen years.  She forms her own opinions and it's interesting to find out what's rumbling inside that beautiful head.   We went out to a … [Read more...]