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!” […]

Garbage Day

Wheelie Bin

My heart sank when I heard the garbage truck come around the corner. I forgot to put the bin out last night. I raced out the back door, not stopping to close it, and around the side of the house, willing the truck to be slow. It wasn’t. I stood at the top of the […]

Conversations in the Car

Apple Yoda

“Would you mind dropping me to work in the morning?” my husband asked before we went to sleep. We only have one car, you see, and he usually caught the bus, but it would be a public holiday. Kids would be home from school so a no-rush-morning would make it possible. “Sure, we can get […]

No Time for Fun

No time to be fun.

I’m sharing things that you don’t need to prepare for OR have extra time to do. I often come back to these things when I think “There’s no time to be fun!” and I incorporate these little things into my day intentionally. 1. Touch I put my hand on their head when they come stand […]

11 Things I’m Learning About Parenting a Teen

11 Things I'm Learning About Parenting a Teen

I love parenting a teen! It’s great.  Next year I’ll have two. I was thinking about it, and within five years, all four of my kids will be teens at the same time (but not yet…not quite yet).  Things do change as they get older, and so my approach to parenting has to also. I’ve […]

International Sea Change

New Zealand Sea Change

We moved from Australia to New Zealand in January for one year. It’s a big move for a family of six for a short period of time. During all the packing, organising, moving and resettling (including kids crying and missing home), there were times I thought we must be mad. Crazy!  I looked at my […]

How to be Dad, When I’m Hardly There


Guest post by my husband, Matthew   I work…a lot, not out of choice, but necessity. I do love my job, it is mentally challenging, professionally satisfying, and it pays the bills. My wife and 4 children: they have sacrificed much for this career, my career, but not so much as this year. Work this year […]

I wanted to be a Kylie


When I was 12 years old, I wished my name was Kylie instead of Kelly. It was 1991. I was in the midst of hyper coloured T-shirts, culotte shorts and Kylie Minogue.  I didn’t idolise Kylie Minogue personally, but there was a hype about her which made me think the name far cooler than plain […]

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

This is a guest post by my friend Louisa from Brand Meets Blog about a very important topic. I remember sitting on my bed with my new baby, cradling her in my arms and looking down with adoration at her perfect little face, her perfect little hands, her perfect little body. The connection I felt […]

Dear Tired Mother

motherhood quote

If I could send a letter to myself in the early days of parenting, when the days seemed slow with four young kids under 6 years of age, this is I would say:  More Posts A New Parenting Era Sacrifices I see a bend in the road Don’t Be The Mum You’re Not

Meet My Companion, Anxiety


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 […]

When I’m Criticised as Parent


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 […]

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 […]

Connecting With My Teen (Through Books)

connecting with my teen

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 […]