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...]

Disney and Pixar are Raising my Kids!

Pixar Alphabet by Mike Boon

Guest Post by Occupational Therapist, Nicole Grant Disney and Pixar are raising my kids, and I'm OK with that. My two children are pretty big fans of animated movies. Like most 5 and 6 year olds, they've more recently been waving their arms dramatically in the air, conjuring castles and sun-loving snowmen. There's been a lot of press lately about screen time, and while I am a huge advocate for 'green time', I am still quite OK with planting my … [Read more...]

Teaching Road Safety to Kids (from a Mum’s perspective)

Teaching road safety to kids from a mum s perspective

I distinctly remember bringing my firstborn baby home from hospital for the first time.  My husband drove slow (too slow) that day. The heavy burden to care for this new life was overwhelming. Fast-forward 13 years and that little bub is now a teen and the bulk of our work educating her on road safety is done. The next phase will be where she will learn the road rules for herself…as a driver, but not yet… I’ve broken how I aim to teach my … [Read more...]

10 Ways I Encourage My Kids to Eat Veges (and other good food)

how to get kids to eat veges

Good food is important to me but it’s a challenge making sure my children get all the essentials they need.  There’s the cost of food, time to prepare it and getting kids to eat it!   Many people ask me how I get my kids to eat vegetables and there's no concrete answer but if I had to boil it down, I would say this: The best way for our family to achieve a healthy diet is to make good food part of our life in a sustainable way. It's … [Read more...]

Wherever you are

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My sister lives on the land. She's mum to three kids always...and a Musterer sometimes. This is her office.  I love that through this blog, there are mums represented from all over the world -- from the suburbs, cities, from the coast, the mountains, the country.  We all walk a different path, and yet, as mothers, there is much we have in common, as we raise our kids in love. In the undercurrent of motherhood, we often struggle with … [Read more...]

When They Grow Up in a Second

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Do you know those times when you look at your child and it's like somehow they change into a grown-up version of themselves in an instant before your eyes? That.    From my vantage point on the sand on a lazy Saturday afternoon, I watched my son march up to me with purpose.  I gasped internally as he came closer because in those seconds, I got a glimpse the man he will become one day.  My son is my youngest child … [Read more...]

Review: Contigo Drink Bottles

contigo drink bottles

A couple of months ago, I sat next to Tea from Name My Stuff in a meeting, and I noticed her pull out a drink bottle from her bag. I immediately knew it was the type of drink bottle I was looking for -- I needed new bottles for my kids -- so I asked her about it.  I've become quite particular over the years about what I buy for school, mainly because I know specifically what I'm looking for.  I'm happy to invest in a product I know is … [Read more...]

I’m a Tree; She’s a Bird

I'm a tree; She's a bird - motherhood

"I feel scared about facing this week," I said to my husband yesterday. That sounds rather pathetic, especially when I write it down like that.  But it's true! I have this fear, anxiety you might call it.  Matt is away, which isn't unusual, but I am feeling so weary at the end of this school term. The kids are weary too, so right now, it's like the wheels are coming out from underneath me and ahead I picture myself with gravel rash on … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Technology Device for School Use

Choosing the right technology for school

Sponsored by Nuffnang “Can you put that date in my phone calendar please?”  I asked my daughter who was sitting in the car passenger seat across from me.  We were already on our way to the next stop and I knew if I didn’t put the appointment in, I would be liable to forget.  I continued on to give some general instructions, when she interrupted me, “Mum, it’s okay: I know how to do this.  I use it at school every … [Read more...]