We braced ourselves, donned our coats and headed to Macarthur Park Wetlands today. While the playground was too wet for us to explore we did find plenty to chat about… “Some birds like water, and some don’t” Tom said. “We didn’t bring any bread! They must be hungry” which caused us to discuss what else they might eat when we have no bread to give! There was talk of the reeds, and where the water comes from to fill a running stream and...

So many things are bad about parenting. SO. MANY. I haven’t faced anywhere near all of them yet, given that I’ve only been in the game for 3 and a half years. But you know what one of the worst things about parenting is? Sleep deprivation. Duh! Of course it is. Those days with a newborn, rocking, singing, soothing, white noise-ing. PLEADING. Dear God,...

This is a post for Box Hill Speech Pathology Sometimes you just know in your heart of hearts that something isn’t right with your child’s speech development. Perhaps you have noticed his/her peers are speaking so much fluently, or their vocabulary is far more advanced, than your own child’s. It can make your heart sink a little. People might convince...

“Would you like some help with that Tom?” “No thanks, I’ll be fine…” Then he looked at me with a big grin and said “I’m a strong man, mum” I don’t even know where he has heard that phrase before. He is a big, strong boy, weighing in at 20kg at his 3 and a half year old check. Sometimes I’ve lifted heavy...

This is a sponsored post Breastfeeding, for me, has been both a massive challenge and a breeze. Two polar opposite experiences from two very different births, and two very different boys. From shields and no supply to skipping just one feed and getting mastitis, I have seen a fair bit. One thing for sure? I wouldn’t take any of it back. As someone who thought...

This morning Tom asked me where I was going. I was pretty excited to disappear to the library for half a day’s content writing, as well as catching up on the blog and my ever growing email inbox. Tom: Why are you going to work? You’re not a teacher Me: No, I’m not a teacher at the moment…What am I? Tom: You’re just a mummy! My husband...

Sometimes, the talk about the importance of play overshadows the importance of learning to read and write. There, I said it. Some professionals are so engrossed in defending the importance of play, that parents are feeling like they need to second guess themselves every time they get involved in ‘teaching’ a new skill. “Oh hang on, but shouldn’t I just let he/she learn by playing rather than actually teaching them?” It’s confusing, to say the least. When it comes to reading, children should learn to...

This is a sponsored post BC, that is, Before Children, I didn’t really think much about health insurance. Why would I? I had a health care card for years as a student. It covered or reduced the cost of my braces, medicine, transport and more. It was ace! There was a transition to becoming an adult when that got taken away. Suddenly, the reasons for needing health insurance were on the rise. Isn’t getting old such junk sometimes? If you read the blog regularly, you would know my health has put me in some really tight spots recently,...

Congrats to Nat Pollard, Toni @ Finding Myself Young and Charmaine Campbell! You’ve all won a prize. Please check your emails. For those who missed out, stay tuned, there’s always more giveaways coming up! This is a review and giveaway. The thing about packing to move house is, you come across things you didn’t even remember existed. Things in the...

Blogging, where have you been? You float around in my head in titles, sentences and clever puns. They happen when I’m in the shower or on a walk. It all sounds so very right at the time, and then I’m distracted. I look over there – a box, a child emptying items of the box, items strewn all over the house, and what was that phone call I needed to...

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