5 Things I’m Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little

5 Things I'm Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little

I’ve hit a nostalgic patch, and I find myself hunting through pictures when my children were small. My youngest is now 8, and my eldest is 14.  Gone, gone are the weary long days of nappy changing, feeding round the clock, and cleaning up pee from the floor.  As I look back, there are certain simple […]

Finding the Right Key

Pencil Fence / Pencil Gate - Gorgeous Garden

I said something to one of my daughters. It was only a few lines but those words opened up a new line of conversation for us. It started with my intuition. I sensed there was something going on behind the shining eyes I see every day. Perhaps a build up of things not spoken about, […]

Let Them Play

Let them play - the importance of allowing children to play

by Nicole Grant Gateway Therapies Parenting: It’s Kids Play! Much-loved and well-respected child development and parenting expert Maggie Dent recently published an eBook of advice from experts and parents on important things parents should know about raising pre-school aged children. The eBook “Tips from the Professionals for Parents of Pre-Schoolers” was inspired by a Facebook […]

Don’t Rush Things That Need Time to Grow


  I read a conversation thread with interest.  The question posed was one of parents taking children to a cafe (and their noise disturbing other patrons).  The person who posed the question was not a parent, and although not antagonistic in regards to parents in general, was rather annoyed that the allocated time to work in […]

I see you

Mother crossing road sign

I eased my foot on the brake as I saw the figures waiting on the side of the road near the pedestrian crossing. It took a little while before for the persons in question made a start on the zebra lines. I waited. A mother held an infant of about 6 months old; a small […]

It never gets old

I Love You - hearing those words never get old

My son plonked himself beside me tonight.  “I love you mum,” he said. It never gets old: hearing those words spontaneously from my children. “Why do you love me?” I asked him on a whim.  He put a finger to his mouth, and it was as if I could see his mind ticking over, pondering […]

5 Ways I’m Not a Fun Mum

Why I'm not a Fun Mum

The younger kids were in bed, and my older two were pottering around doing before-bed things. I was laying on my tummy, cushion under my chin with my computer under outstretched hands. My tween daughter walked past and paused.  “Why are you writing that?” she asked glancing at the title, “You ARE a fun mum!” […]

One Quarter Shy, Three Quarters Delight

little stories of motherhood

I stood under our meeting tree and waited to see my son after school. I put effort into how I greet my kids after being separated because I believe it’s one of those moments worth being intentional about and investing in.  I spotted him from a while away and watched him walk. He shuffles his […]

Little conversations that make you think

children are a blessing

I sat with a group of parents in a four seater on the bus. We were the designated supervision crew on a school excursion to the museum. In general chatter, I mentioned my four children. The usual response I get is, “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!” or even “FOUR! Are you crazy?” I’m used […]

Beautiful Period Fashion

Period Dresses

Frills and furbelows, corsets and cuffs, prose and poetry, mittens and muffs… If these are a few of your favourite things, you will love Tea in a Tea Cup – a blog that looks at the fashion, art, literature, poetry, customs and pastimes that were prominent in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Kelly Lock […]

It’s the reward

It's the reward - a story about parenting

My teen went away on a camp overseas this past school holidays. They grow up, and start — you know — being all independent and doing things! I missed her! The day after she got back home again, she greeted me in the morning as we readied to go out. “Mum, you look lovely! You […]

How the School Shoes Have Survived – half year mark

How the school shoes have survived

School starts up next week for my kids, and I’m getting things organised for another school term. I buffed the children’s shoes (note: I realisticlaly only do this about once every 3 months) and thought I would report on how the shoes have gone at the half-year mark.  Take a look. The brands: Clarks, Clarks, Lynx, […]

Drawing and Development

Drawing and Development in Children

Guest post from Nicole from Gateway Therapies I once wrote a post here on handwriting, where I explained the elements of handwriting and how to help your kids get better at it. Four years later I still maintain that handwriting is terribly important, and it’s probably time we explored an essential prerequisite. Most toddlers love […]