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
I'm just going to say it outright: children are ridiculous. The things that come out of those tiny mouths make no sense what-so-ever. Sometimes it's hilarious. Other times it is incredibly painful, and you suddenly realise what it is that has made you slowly lose your mind (i.e. years of nonsensical waffling). But sometimes it's hilarious.… Continue reading Stuff My Kid Says (why I’m a little crazy)
Seventeen days. That's all the time between us and sweet, sweet freedom. Actually, to be more precise: it's sixteen days and eighteen minutes until we escape the wonky old cottage and the chaos contained within its walls. And yes, you bet your butt I'm counting down. Every year my mother and father take the brave… Continue reading Seventeen.