And people say kids are bad?

Several months ago I wrote a post with some tips that we have found really helpful when eating in restaurants as a family. Last week it was published on Huffington Post (yay!). Perusing through the comments there, and other places, really, where the kids in restaurants in debate is taking place there are a few really common themes. From everything I have read, the same few things keep … [Read more...]

Thanks for the parenting advice Curtis Stone

This week, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, pissed off parents around the world myself included, by sharing some, shall we call it interesting parenting advice. In an interview with an Australian newspaper, Stone smugly commented that parents were more or less responsible for their children being more selective eaters by pandering to them. He also stated that if children didn't want to eat the food … [Read more...]

This is why you should not play chess with your kids…

"Hey Mummy, do you want to play chess with me? I can teach you!" he said. "Uhhh, sure bud, but you will have to explain it all to me ok?" Excitedly, he set up his new board, naming each piece as he set it down. "I will be giving you two lessons" he said. "How to move and the second lesson is how to attack." Oooook, I thought, admittedly more than a bit concerned. As great as it would be for … [Read more...]

A post surgery update

First off, let me apologize for the lack of new posts over the last little bit. Please allow me to explain... As you may or may not know, I had major hand surgery not quite two weeks ago and the recovery has been a lot tougher and far more painful than I had anticipated. I've been a wreck and have been struggling (mostly unsuccessfully) just to get through each day, and that hasn't allowed me any … [Read more...]

Why is it so hard to ask for help?

Do you find it hard to ask for help? When it is offered, can you take it, or do you make excuses about why you can't or shouldn't. I struggle both with the asking and the accepting parts, and I've been trying to figure out why over the last few days.  I will happily offer my ear to listen, my shoulder to cry on, or to help out my friends in any way that I can, but when it comes to actually … [Read more...]

I never thought I would have a preemie

"It's a boy! And oh boy is he a wee mite!" were the first words I remember hearing after Q was born. Then an intense, eerie silence for a minute as I held my breath waiting for a cry. And waited. No one told me what was happening, but I found out later that they were bagging my little baby, helping him to breathe before they whisked him off to the NICU to stabilize him. They quickly hung the baby … [Read more...]