And then I became a boy mum…

My boys are making me gross.  Let me explain. I've always been kind of a tomboy girl, kind of rough around the edges, totally not a girly girl, the kind of girl who often gets along better with guys. That kind.  In a lot of ways I am glad I had a boy, because I always joke that I would not have known what to do if we had had a girl, especially one who loved shopping, frills and … [Read more...]

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University education is getting more and more expensive every year. More and more young adults are incurring large amounts of debt to pay for their university educations, and as costs rise, the length of time that it will take to get out from that debt is increasing too. I graduated in 2004 with my Bachelor's Degree. Prior to that, I had completed a 2 year Associate of Arts degree, as it was an … [Read more...]

20 reasons why having an only child is awesome

I often see articles and pieces talking about how wonderful it is to have more than one child, how special sibling relationships are, and how much only children (and the parents of only children) miss out on when they have only one child. Fair enough, I'm sure for some, having 2 or more children is fantastic. I can't personally comment on that, since Q is an only child and will remain one. So I … [Read more...]

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...]