Today I spent fourty-five minuts enforcing a 'five-minute' time-out. Today I had children screaming through my house, running as fast as they could, dodging parents in an act of defiance. Today I had to warn my child that if they attempted to hurt me again, they would be taken to the police station. Today was… Continue reading Parenting ADHD and ODD: what I want you to know about our life at home
It's the end of the year, and all are weary. My heart is heavy, wrapping up the school term, as we have an announcement to make. A hard announcement. A life-changing announcement (well, for us anyway). We are picking up our lives, shaking them until we find ourselves somewhere completely different. We're changing the way… Continue reading Why I’m Not Sending My Child to School Next Year
This is the story of the greatest tantrum I have ever thrown. Yes, I am a twenty-seven-year-old woman. It was the day we returned from Perth; one of the longest days in history, second only to the day we left. We had suffered through an hour and a half delay at the departure gate. We… Continue reading I Told My Husband to Go Flirt with Another Woman
In two days, we are taking our four children on a grand adventure (read: horror story). In the early hours of Tuesday morning, we will be boarding a flight that will take us across the country to Perth, where we will be staying for a week.. Four hours on a plane with four children. That's… Continue reading Travel with Kids: a survival guide
As a mother, I feel I take up too much space. We are too loud; we are unruly; we are not welcome in this place. Any place. A public space. A space created for old and young a like, and neither you nor I decide who is in and who is out. But I feel… Continue reading The Children Will Not Shrink
When you have children, everyone is suddenly your best friend and guidance counsellor. They know everything there is to know about babies and you ought to know, too. I understand that most have the best intentions and are genuinely nice people. But could everyone just stop, please?! Here's my list of some generic parenting advice that… Continue reading The Worst Advice for New Parents
"I don't know how you do it." A lovely older woman said this to me in a waiting room on Friday. I was holding the baby, keeping an eye on a toddler and pleading with the pre-schooler to return back to me, while the school kid read a book in the corner. "I don't know… Continue reading Raw Motherhood: peering through the cracks of a sometimes-together mama.
It's been a week since we welcomed little 'Fred into the world, and it has been ... intense. In other words: "flipping insane; really who thought four small people (including three under-four) would be a good idea?!" We did. Suckers. I've found myself reduced to being nothing but a walking life support machine; the sole purpose of… Continue reading Being Mama to Four: My First Week of Parenting Too Many Children.
Today I cancelled my child's birthday party. Well, technically it was the 'small afternoon tea' at the park that had already replaced a cancelled birthday party. Never the less, it is cancelled and there will be no birthday celebrations with friends this year. I should feel awful about it, but I don't. In fact, I… Continue reading Being The Big Bad Mum
Six o'clock this morning and all three children (plus the house panther) have decided to begin their day. That means it's time for fighting, screaming, crying, running, manic laughter, high demands and the token sullen child trying to zombie out in front of the television. Amongst all this, I'm seated on the couch, clutching a… Continue reading Things My Kids Taught Me