So, what’s wrong with cotton wool?

I had one of those moments on the weekend that challenged me as a mother. My 11 year old son was invited over to a good friend’s house for his birthday. He wasn’t having a ‘party’ as such, he just wanted to ‘hang out’ with his mates. Fair enough. We shuffled around a few things so that my boy could go along. I have met the mother several times at school and she seemed nice enough, I had no reason to think that my boy was in any danger or anything. Continue reading

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Christmas presents for kids

I’ve been wanting to do a post about Christmas presents for kids for a while now. Problem is that each child has their own quirks and preferences, we all have own budgets, and who knows which child has what, so these lists are usually not particularly helpful. Instead, I’m going to let you know how we make our Christmas lists for our kids.

We usually give our children lots of little things for Christmas.  The big things are left for birthday presents during the year. This list is just to give you some ideas, if you think of anything to add, please leave a comment to let us all know!

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Gender specific marketing

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I know this may ruffle some feathers, but I’m going to put it out there. What is the big deal about gender specific marketing?

Yes, barbies are marketed towards girls. Did it stop me buying barbies for my son when he was younger? No.

Did it stop me buying matchbox car for my daughter? No.
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Back to School Lunches…

Most of the schools in Victoria go back today, which means, back to making school lunches, back to early mornings, back to extra curricular activities.  I always feel like school going back creeps up on me, and all of a sudden I’m thinking of what to pack into lunches again. I will be doing some gluten free options in the coming school lunch posts, but this week, I’m doing quick and easy, child pleasing stuff.

Lunchbox pinwheels

This is what the lunchboxes look like for tomorrow, plus an apple for Master B.

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Motherhood: A Sisterhood

Miss O is 20 months old, and hitting that wonderful age, where she has discovered the art of tantrums (learnt from her two big sisters who are experts!). It’s nothing major, actually it can, at times, be quite funny. But every now and then she gets them just right. She stops, drops to the floor and screams as loud as she can- oh, and always in a public space, a quiet shop, or somewhere that people just don’t want a screaming child. Continue reading

Are our phones harming our kids?

I wasn’t going to blog today, as I was on a mission to clean my house. But over lunch today (while my child slept- so she wasn’t in danger while I read this on my phone) I read an article about the problems caused by too much phone use here http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/157601/moms_who_text_might_as?utm_medium=sm&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=natural_fanpage,  and I’ve got to say it really pissed me off. Continue reading